8 Little Things To Help Start Your Day With A Smile

In A Funk? Start Your Day With A Smile.

Easier said than done right? We all have those ‘in-a-funk-days’ when you simply wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Most of the time there is nothing to blame except the fact that sometimes you have that feeling deep inside you and all you want to do is crawl back into bed. Yet, on these days it’s priceless to attempt to start your day with a smile. This may seem impossible but don’t underestimate the power of these little steps.

Previously, I’ve had weeks and months of feeling ‘numb’ and my anxiety has been through the roof. Depression can swallow you whole but recently I’ve started creating these habits which make those days slightly better. Today, I want to share them with you. Hopefully, this will help you on the rainy days and the sunny ones.

Need a boost? Well here are 8 small things that don’t require much effort but will make you feel a million times better <3

1. Firstly, Sit With Your Dreams

You don’t even have to get out of bed for this one! Now, it may sound strange but trust me. Giving yourself 5-10 minutes to remember and reflect on your dreams is similar to meditation. Dreams are how our mind processes what we are dealing with or thinking about – most of the time we don’t even realise it. Ask yourself what they meant? How you feel or felt?

Of course, if you haven’t had any dreams – that you can remember – use this time to ‘Be Still and Be Kind.’ Lying still and deep breathing. Just think about how you feel and sit with it. No judgement. Don’t stress about the day ahead, just be still. ‘Untamed’ is one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read. The author, Glennon Doyle, taught me this simple yet powerful tool and I use it daily.

I’d also recommend doing daily affirmations out loud in this quiet time to fill your mind with positivity.

2. Make Your Bed!

Making your bed will not only discourage you to get back in it… but it will also clear your mind and mark that your day has started. By doing this you are accomplishing your first task of the day, this will make you feel like you have achieved something, giving you a small but precious sense of pride. Even though this is a very little task, the more you do it the bigger the tasks you will achieve.

Most of all it will help you start your day with a smile.

The practice of keeping a tidy space does ‘tidy your mind’, even if your head feels messy and confusing. The serenity of a clean and neat room will calm you down. It will feel like the other tasks in your day won’t be as awful as you think. Making your bed is a form of self-care, it’s assuring you that you can do this.

And the wonderful thing is, if you do just stay in bed all day, you can try again tomorrow. Understand that your body needs time to rest and replenish. Just don’t be hard on yourself.

Read my article;6 Types Of Self Care & Why You Need Them’.

3. Morning Matcha 

Going to the kitchen and grabbing a steaming hot mug of something delicious, always seems achievable and certainly not a chore. My choice is Matcha Tea. Now, you may be wondering why the hell would you rather that over coffee? And I understand – trust me. But since discovering matcha, I have been truly obsessed particularly on my ‘in-a-funk-days’. Here is why.

This beautiful green powder has an incredible amount of benefits and it has caffeine to give you that boost of energy. It has a high concentration of L-theanine which helps with high levels of stress and anxiety, increasing relaxation without causing drowsiness. Full of antioxidants and amino-acids which improves your concentration, compelling you to make more mindful and positive descions in your day. (Source)

For me, it is not only the health benefits which make me want to indulge in a flavourful cup a day. I also love the ritual of making and drinking it. A quiet moment to appreciate the heat of the mug in my hands, the earthy smell and the delicious taste in my mouth.

I do hold my hands up, as of course I do treat myself to the occasional coffee too!

4. Shower

This may be an obvious one but having a shower can feel like a BIG ask when you feel down in the dumps. But once you’ve had it, doesn’t it feel a million times better? Imagine the soap is washing away your worries and refreshing not only your body but your mind. I don’t know about you but this always makes a difference to my bad days.

If you can muster up the energy to have a cold shower or finish it with cold water – even better! Cold water not only wakes you up but has so many health benefits and is proven to improve your mood and overall wellbeing. Sounds grim? It does get better the more you do it. If you’re shaking your head with horror, even just splashing your face with cold water can help. Read more on the Wim Hof Method here.

5. Get Dressed

Amid a pandemic, this step can seem even more ridiculous. I get it. So my go-to when I need help to start my day with a smile is something comfortable, cosy and clean feeling. By ‘clean feeling’, what I mean is not my pyjamas or slouchy clothes, as this always makes me feel sleepy and less motivated. Of course, some days are meant for the slouchy style and simply can’t be helped but choosing the right outfit typically gives me more energy and self-motivation.

And if the thought of a put-together outfit does repulse me then I try to pick my favourite pyjamas or colour co-ordinate my huge sweatshirt to my socks! These little things still make me feel like I’ve accomplished something and help to boost my day.

6. Fresh Air

Walking is my most recent trick in the book. Especially at the moment, isn’t it easy to feel trapped inside? Whether that be inside your home, your city or even your country. Cabin fever is simply the worst. I’ve always been a fan of a walk but lately, I’ve been trying to make it a daily habit. Even if I don’t feel like it, every time I come back, I’m so glad I went. 

Not once, have I returned home regretting it or feeling worse. I would highly recommend it.  

Walking is also the perfect alternative to other forms of exercise, so on those days when I don’t want to do anything too strenuous, I still feel I’ve accomplished something.

If you really do want to stay cosy at home, how about having your morning matcha or coffee outside? Even a couple minutes of fresh air will clear your thoughts and will enable you to start your day with a smile.

7. Nourish Your Body, Mind and Soul

Our mind and body cannot function without feeding them, however, let’s not forget about our souls too. What I’m refering to, is the days when I feel down I always seem to reach towards comfort foods. Now, I don’t mean junk – looking after myself through good wholesome food always seems to make me feel truly better. Eating mindfully will boost your mood in the long and short term. But my point is, this doesn’t mean you can’t eat something that tastes utterly divine and satisfies your mind and soul whilst nourishing your body too.

Cooking and baking are two of my favourite relaxing and mindful activities. To kick start my ‘in-a-funk-days‘, I adore making yummy fluffy pancakes, warm porridge with cinnamon or, for a quicker option, my homemade granola with fresh fruit. These will fill you up and are super clean but will still give you that comforting sensation. Here are two of my favourite recipes that hit just the spot:

8. Do something that makes you smile!

What could be more fitting than doing something you enjoy on the days you need a boost? It doesn’t have to be something wild, it can be as simple as reading a book, singing and dancing to your feel-good tunes, writing in your journal, listening to a podcast, baking or calling a friend. The list is endless!

I try to stay clear from TV and Netflix in the mornings – as hard as it is – because for me this is a bit of a downward spiral and I will end up not moving from the sofa. We all have days like that and I used to do it all the time. But recently, I’ve been trying to do other things in the mornings and indulging in my latest episodes later on in the evenings. This can also act as a little reward for yourself for getting through the day.

The Takeaway:

  • Don’t brush your dreams away so quickly
  • Make your bed
  • Grab a hot mug of matcha or coffee
  • Wash away your worries
  • Pick an outfit you feel comfortable and confident in
  • Take a walk or have your tea outside
  • Eat something scrumptious and nutritious
  • Do something that you love