I started this list in January. I was feeling really down on a Saturday afternoon, and was really desperate to cheer myself up somehow. Self-care is a big thing at the moment, and I’ve seen so many people taking photos of colourful bath water, books and candles. But I’m not a bath person. We don’t even have a bath. And I didn’t think dropping £20 of Lush products on my head in the shower with candles at my feet would do much for my mood. As funny as that would’ve been.
I wanted a list that I could look at whenever I needed cheering up. One that was specific, where I wouldn’t have to read through endless suggestions that weren’t relevant to me. Candles might be popular for self-care but as a clumsy, forgetful young woman, using actual fire to cheer myself up seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. Have you seen the scene in Desperate Housewives where Susan knocks over a candle and sets fire to Edie’s whole house? Yeah, I’m a Susan.
So, instead of trying to find my self-care list soulmate, I decided to write down what made me happy. My happy things. A list that wouldn’t result in setting fire to my curtains and getting a bath product induced concussion. I hope you enjoy reading it!
Note: I am not responsible for any bath product induced concussions that may befall you as a result of reading this post.
Things To Do To Cheer Myself Up
1. Watch the best 80 seconds of Riverdance
Yes, I did just watch this and count the seconds to make this post as accurate as possible. You’re welcome.
2. Paint my nails
But only do one coat. Happiness is not built on smudgy, clumpy nail polish.
3. Watch Cougar Town
The happiest show that’s ever existed. When can I move to Florida and drink wine with my best friends?!
4. Read Harry Potter
And imagine that I’m a real-life wizard.
5. Watch Harry Potter
Just not the fourth one. Never the fourth one.
6. Be a dick to all the other Sims in the neighbourhood
Where else can I yell at people unnecessarily?
7. Do some shoeless tap dancing
Because my landlady is yet to install a tap-dancing-friendly room.
8. Make a hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows
Use a nice mug as well. Because nice mugs make everything better.
9. Build something out of Lego
There’s something strangely therapeutic about having to build the same section five times because I don’t know how to Lego.
10. Do some colouring
I always find colouring really relaxing, even though I’m not very good at it!
11. Watch series 5 episode 14 of Friends
The one where everyone finds out that Monica and Chandler are together. Because Monica and Chandler are the best.
12. Look through photos from high school years
Andy thinks it’s strange that I do this so much, but I love looking through old photos of me and my friends. Those were the days!
13. Watch the Garfunkel and Oates TV show
Just the theme tune is enough to make me feel better about life.
14. Sing In This Moment songs in my best screamo metal voice
This one probably has a negative effect on the moods of everyone around me, but never mind.
15. Go for a walk
Preferably somewhere pretty and scenic and not just the local Sainsbury’s.
16. Watch The Guru
This might be a low-budget, bargain basement film with incredibly poor ratings, but I love it so much. It always makes me feel like I’m 11 years old with no adult problems. It’s the best.
17. Make a list of all the good things in my life
Seeing this on paper always makes me so much happier.
18. Watch Amanda Palmer music videos
And pretend to be equally edgy.
19. Buy a nice box of chocolates
And don’t share them with anyone.
20. Read a funny book
My favourites are How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson and Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.
So that’s it. My happy list. Hopefully a good amount of colouring and getting into fights with fictional characters will have me turning my mood around faster than Michael Flatley can move his feet. (If you haven’t watched Riverdance then just know that he’s incredibly fast, and I will be forever jealous of his dancing skills).
Let me know what your happy things are in the comments below!