Sunday, March 17, 2013

50 Cheap Ways To Brighten Your Day

Life can be incredibly stressful, we worry about work, college, money, appearance, relationships... the list just goes on and on. With all this stress and worry it's so important to do things to help ourselves feel happy, relaxed and uplifted. Sure it would be amazing to have bags full of cash and time to go on endless holidays and shopping trips to pep ourselves up, but in reality it can be hard to fit in the nice things as well as all the responsibilities. So here is 50 little things you can do to brighten up your day and make life a little happier.

  1. Buy some flowers: Make your space look fresh and springy with a bunch of flowers, Aldi do cheap bunches in a great selection of flowers.
  2. Listen to your favorite songs: Make a Youtube playlist of your favorite tunes, turn them up loud and dance/sing along, don't worry about how you look!
  3. Browse attackofthecute: HOURS of cute animals to cheer you up, works for me every time.
  4. Clean sheets: Snuggle down in fresh sheets and pillows so relaxing.
  5. Grow a plant: This is really rewarding and anyone can do it. I've grown lettuce, basil, peppers in the windows of my kitchen, right now I'm growing sunflowers and tomato plants.
  6. Get organised: Being disorganized can be really stressful, buy a diary and embrace list making so you can keep a track of what you need to do each day so bills don't go unpaid and emails get answered.
  7. Write a list of what your grateful for: This will make you realize and appreciate the great things and people you have in your life.
  8. Read your favorite blogs: Get following on Bloglovin' and you'll have a collection of daily free style, food and decor inspiration. Some of my daily reads right now are: abeautifulmess llymlrs shewearsfashion
  9. Bake something yummy: Bake something for yourself or as a treat for a friend, chocolate makes everything better. Try a beautiful mess' recipe for Easter Candy bars
  10. Embrace thriftying: The hunt for gems and getting a bargain is so much fun, listen to Macklemore Thrift Shop to get psyched up for your bargain hunt.
  11. Reread your old mags: I keep my Company and Glamour mags to flick through on a rainy day.
  12. Do a random act of kindness: Every now and then do something nice for no reason, buy someone a tea, wash up for someone else, bring a cake into work. Just spread the kindness.
  13. DIY: Rework an old piece of clothing, refurbish some furniture, getting something new from something old. Check out apairandasparediy for ideas.
  14. Get your vitamins: Take a Berocca for an energy and vitamin boost. 
  15. Ring your family: Catch up with your family and find out all the news from home.
  16. Make a life list: Write down your dream achievements and destinations to get excited about your future. 
  17. Watch a Comedy: Get out a classic comedy, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, anyone? And laugh your head off.
  18. Eat your favorite food: Make yourself a BLT, a steak, whatever you crave. I love ham and cheese crackers with a cup of tea.
  19. Save Money: Saving money daily by packing your lunch gathers money for a big treat over time.
  20. Try a new workout: Mix up your exercise routine for free with workouts on Youtube popsugartvfit has loads of brilliant workouts for targeting different parts of your body, they even have Victoria Secret model workouts.
  21. Do a good deed: Recycle, plant a tree, volunteer at a charity shop, donate your old clothes...
  22. Clean out your wardrobe: Donate what you no longer wear or fits, make room for the pieces you love and help worthy charities.
  23. Write a letter: Surprise a friend with a thoughtful letter, it will brighten up their day too.
  24. Put on your favorite dress: Even if your just at home and feel like a princess.
  25. Moisturize: Buy yourself a fabulous smelling body butter and feel silky soft.
  26. Get photos developed: Don't forget about special memories by getting some photos developed and frame them.
  27. Be a tourist in your own town: Visit the galleries and museums close to you,
  28. Make yourself a special breakfast: Pancakes, waffles?
  29. Watch your favorite childhood movies: Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Spice World, Toy Story...
  30. Read a book: Escape with the book of your choice.
  31. Buy your go to treats: Hot chocolate, cupcakes, magazines, smoothies?
  32. Know your cheer up tricks: Whenever you do something that makes you feel great, write it down so next time your sick/sad/tired you know what to do to turn it around.
  33. Get a takeaway: No cooking + no cleaning + comfort food = Bliss
  34. Make a hot water bottle: So cozy, a fluffy cute cover is an added bonus.
  35. Write a letter to your teenage self: Write down what you have learnt now your older and supposedly wiser.
  36. Solve that annoying little problem NOW: Keep losing your keys? Buy a huge colorful key ring. Cluttered car bothering you? Clean it out pronto
  37. Feed the ducks: Go to your nearest park on your lunch break and feed the birds.
  38. Light a lantern: Write your wishes and let it float into the sky, you can buy these in lots of pound shops
  39. Watch hilarious programs: Turn on some Father Ted, Black Books, IT Crowd, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl and 2 Broke Girls and just laugh.
  40. Read these 2 uplifting blogs: Be inspired by galadarling and hellogiggles
  41. Have a bubble bath: Add a magazine and some chocolate for ultimate relaxation.
  42. Make a fort: Watch movies inside and eat warm popcorn.
  43. Meet up with a friend: Spend hours catching up and reminiscing  maybe even bake together! 
  44. Embrace your inner Jessica Day: Learn from New Girl's Jess, sing all day, wear your girly-est clothes, live with great friends, try bangs and quirky glasses, giggle.  
  45. Declutter your desk: A cluttered desk means a cluttered mind, don't forget to give it a good clean, desks harbor bacteria.
  46. Play Monopoly: Or Scrabble, or Connect Four or a onesie...with a cup of tea :)
  47. Say I love you:  In person, with texts, on the phone, with post its, with a plane in the sky..or maybe that's too much?
  48. Paint your nails every color of the rainbow: Or if your job doesn't permit paint your toenails.
  49. Make an ice cream sundae: Add sprinkles, syrup, Maltesters, Skittles, go crazy.
  50. Make your own beauty products: Check out Pinterest for ideas like this page

What are your go to tips for brightening up your day, I'd love to hear them

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  1. Thanks for the great tips dear<3 I just came across your blog and I'm your newest follower :) Would you mind checking out our blog and (if you like) following back via GFC and Bloglovin'? Looking forward to your next post! XX

  2. Such a cute post! I loveeee New Girl so much, always cheers me up!
    I saw your post on the Company feed.
    Would love to follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know with a comment and I always follow back!
    You have a great blog and I love your style of writing!
    Love G xx

  3. sooo true everything! and I soo love new girl! it is the best soap ever!


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