I haven’t done a ‘Dear Hannah’ post in a really long time but recently I received a few questions that were very similar; all asking what I do to make myself feel better on bad days so I thought it would be an interesting topic to do so let’s do it. Plus, I haven’t talked about happiness in a really long time and that’s what my blog is all about so…
Let’s get happy!
The best thing you can do is something fun, something new or something that you love. If you needed inspiration these are the things I do if I’m having a bad day and want to cheer up:
- Leave the house. I like to go for walks around Richmond Park because exercise is good and so is fresh air and a change of scenery can make a lot of difference.
- Read a book. To escape into a world of fiction can really take your mind off of things.
- Paint. I do this whilst listening to music and even though before I set everything up I think it’s pointless and I can’t even paint well, I always make something I’m really proud of.
- Listen to upbeat music. I can generally pick myself up if the music I am listening to is happy.
- Look at my happy book. This one is kind of personal (so be nice) but some time last year, I had a reasonably long period of feeling low and I didn’t tell anyone, I just got on with things. Until the book. I will explain this properly.
One day my flatmates called me into the lounge and my boyfriend and friends handed me this book. It was full of pictures of myself and my best friends and family and loved ones and every single person had written a letter to me within the book. I read pages and pages of letters telling me what my friends loved about me, their favourite memories with me and just let me know that they care about me. It was really uplifting and yet I distinctly remember crying as soon as I opened it and realised what was happening. How lucky was I to have people who knew me better than I knew myself and were thoughtful enough to make such a heartwarming pick me up! (And this also inspired me to write the story I am writing currently so thanks again to all my loved ones!)
Anyway, so I look over this book when I feel low and it is still as wonderful as it was the first time. It gave me an idea on how to answer questions about bad days. Make your own book! Write a list of things that make you happy and a list of people that make you happy and then ring your favourite people to do your favourite things with you. Make a photo album of all of the great things you’ve done and praise yourself for your accomplishments. Throw in all of your favourite photographs of you and your friends and memoirs of days that made you feel wonderful! This will be your happy place. Get crafty with it. I know this particular book was made as a Mac project so apple lovers among you can make it similarly or you could do a more arty version. Send me your finished product pictures, please, I’d love to see them!
I really hope that by answering your emails and discussing topics on here that you guys request is useful and I am not just rambling for nothing!
Keep filling up my inbox and I will get to you!
I love you,