In winter when you're feeling down it is so much easier to curl up in a blanket, grab some hot tea, and just hibernate the blues away.
But now that the sun is shining and everything is so bright and new - what do you do when you feel cruddy?
1. Buy yourself flowers
It turns out that those who chanted “flower power” in the 1960s were onto something important, in more ways than they probably knew. Flowers, just like peace, are good for our mental health.
Research consistently links indoor flowers with well-being! Buy (or pick) some fresh flowers or any sort of indoor plant and place it somewhere in your house or in your office where you see it often.
2. EAT FRUIT
Celebrate spring in the most delicious way - eating fruit! Apricots (my fav), cherries, citrus, and strawberries are in season!
Even the smell of citrus is known to boost moods and extra vitamin C will help you feel good inside and out!
3. Revamp your playlist
Time to spring clean your music too. Spend a little time going through your library and revisit old songs you love or find new tunes. It will excite your brain, get your toes tappin, and will lighten your mood!
4. Spend time outside
Sounds easy but how many of you are actually doing it? Try to get outside during your lunch break, take a walk after school, sit in your backyard for a while before bed. Get that vitamin D!
Even 30 minutes of the sun's rays will get you your fill of vitamin D and will boost your mood significantly :)
5. Donate your clothes
And I'm not talking about your nasty clothes that need to be thrown away. No one wants that - donate your still wearable clothes that you no longer wear. It's tough to get rid of clothes (that voice in your head telling you "but I really will wear this in the future!") but its so much more refreshing to clear out your closet and there is probably someone who could really use that cute shirt.
For some extra cash, head to a consignment store like Buffalo Exchange or Flashbacks to get some $$$ for your clothes!
6. Pick up an old hobby
Did you stop crocheting? Did you used to play extreme frisbee before winter came and ruined the fun? Try picking up a hobby you had put down, you might find yourself re-inspired!
7. Try something you've been meaning to try
Okay, really vague I know, but hear me out. You wanted to cut your hair short? Learn to ride a skateboard? What about learning to draw well or to play the keyboard. Now is your time.
Set time aside to pick one thing you've genuinely wanted to try and haven't and then DO IT. No excuses, not time better than now.