I hate to admit it, but I Kim Kardashian ugly cried at least three separate times today. I’m very embarrassed to admit that 2 out of the 3 times were because of a guy. Yes, I know how stupid that sounds, but I want to provide my readers with raw and honest content. Anyways, I was struggling to think of things to do. Whenever I am feeling sad, I always want to be busy doing something. I find that distraction is key. I know everyone is different. I just don’t find the appeal of eating a tub of Ben and Jerry’s and watching a sad movie like The Notebook or A Walk to Remember. I have already done enough crying for one lifetime it seems. So in todays post, I thought I would share some of my ideas of distraction for when you need a mental health day.
1 : listen to happy music
Okay, well you can really listen to any type of music that you want to. If you wanna go listen to your playlist of sad songs, by all means go for it. What works for me is blasting happy and upbeat music. Sometimes I like to just have a 2 minute dance party by myself (S/O to Grey’s Anatomy for the idea), or I like to just chill and do whatever with the music playing in the background. Here are a few of my favorite songs ⇣
Riptide – Vance Joy
Don’t Kill My Vibe – Sigrid
Falls – ODESZA
Fine – Noah Kahan
Polaroid – Imagine Dragons
Kill Your Heroes – AWOLNATION
2 : Bake!
One of my favorite things to do is bake! I think it can be very therapeutic, although sometimes waiting for the cupcakes to finish baking and cooling can be a drag. Of course you can use any boxed mix, but sometimes trying something from scratch can be really fun! I totally recommending looking up recipes online and on youtube. Another fun idea is trying different Buzzfeed/Tasty etc recipes. Try them out! I used to bake by the box, but then I found some really good homemade recipes! I’ll share my favorite cake recipe with frosting! I think I discovered my love for baking when I’m stressed/bored/sad from Izzie off of Grey’s Anatomy!
My favorite cake to make ⇣
3: Watch Movies and or Binge Watch Shows!
I know I prefaced this post by saying I’m not a fan of ice-cream and movies…. I kind of am. I prefer watching shows over movies it seems like. If I were you, I would watch some funny movies. Like I said, usually I’ve cried enough for one lifetime! I also like just going on Netflix and watching some of my favorite shows. I know it may sound weird, but when I’m sad, I especially like to watch baking/cooking shows, and I love to watch little kid movies. Different strokes for different folks I guess. Theres nothing better than curling up on the couch or in bed and watching a good movie. If I really want a distraction, I will watch a movie or show that requires me to actually pay attention. If I want something as background noise, then I will opt for something I’ve already seen. Here are some of my suggestions ⇣
Pretty Little Liars – netflix
Nailed It – netflix
Sugar Rush – netflix
Friends – netflix
House of Cards – netflix
Baywatch – iTunes/Prime
The Shallows – Prime
50 First Dates – netflix?
Legally Blond – it is such a power movie!
Nerve – Prime
4 : Eat Your Favorite Foods
This one is a given. Go ahead and indulge on some of your favorite treats! I really love running through some place and picking up a quesadilla and nachos from Taco Bell. Order in a pizza. Pick up some icecream from Dairy Queen. You can also make your favorite meal for yourself. I love mac and cheese or buffalo chicken bites. Eat whatever your heart desires. Sometimes that comfort food is just enough… other times it’s a good idea to add it to your binge session.
5 : Take A Walk / Exercise
Here I am going to quote Elle Woods ⇣
“Excercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.”
Get up and move. It can be as simple as going for a little walk around your neighborhood or as complex as taking a spin class. Work out and get active even its only for a short period of time. I find that it is super helpful to go on a nature walk. I can look at my surroundings and embrace the beauty in everything while thinking things through. You could also try following some kind of workout online or play a sport outside. The world is your oyster.
6 : Look Up Funny Jokes
Trust me, this will instantly brighten your mood. Laughter is the best medicine.
7 : Watch Youtube Videos
There are a lot of funny youtubers out there. I personally love watching the Try Guys when I want a little pick me up. This video in particular is a favorite of mine. Go binge watch some makeup tutorials, story times, documentaries, hauls, etc. Make your heart happy and watch some good content.
8 : Get Creative!
Show off your artistic side. I know there was someone on youtube who paints bird houses for fun. It inspired me to want to paint my own bird house. Do whatever makes you feel more at ease whether its painting, drawing, coloring, writing, knitting, crocheting, etc etc etc. Sometimes doing something with your hands is really distracting.
Here is bird house girl! ⇣
9 : Write or Read
I am going to give you another quote by one of my favorite authors Hemingway!
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the trueste sentence you know. “
Write about anything you want. I find capturing your feeling on paper helps. It’s a way to express your emotions without having to open up to another person. Whenever I am sad, I like to write, hence why I am putting out another blog post. I find writing to be very very theraputic. Try it out! Or you don’t want to write, read! Reading can be very distracting! Cuddle up with a good book and enjoy!
10 : Shopping!!!!
You can’t forget retail therapy ;)! If your budget allows for it, go ahead and treat yo self. If you’ve been Kim Kardashian crying all day, you definitely deserve something good in your life. Sometimes just walking around and looking at all of the different things can be good. Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you don’t buy something, or if something doesn’t fit. This isn’t to tear you down!
11 : Wash Your Face Girl!
Sometimes you just need to take some extra care of your body. Go ahead and take a bath with some bath bombs or bubbles. Go ahead and do a face mask, a pore strip, etc. Wash your face extra good. Paint your nails. Paint your toenails. Treat yourself to an at home spa day/night. Your body will thank you for it later!
12 : Switch Up Your Look!
Change up your hair color, length, or give yoruself bangs. Okay, well not you, but a hair stylist. If you are really in need of a fresh start, then I would suggest booking a walk in hair cut appointment, and at least give your hair a little TLC whether its from a blow out, style, cut, trim, whatever it may be.
13 : Clean, Clean, Clean
Sometimes I do my best cleaning / organizing when I’m really sad. It is such a good distraction. It’s best to blast some music and tear apart your room to get rid of the clutter. A clean room always boosts my mood! If you can’t manage cleaning your whole room, make your bed. Make. Your. Bed. You will feel somewhat accomplished, and it actualy makes a room feel less cluttered.
I hope you enjoyed some of my not so professional tips on how to take care of yourself and distract yourself. I know there are a million more I could add, but I hope this is a good starting point! I really hope that some of these help for you. I know it may feel like your world is falling apart, but believe me it’s not. Whatever you are feeling right now is temporary. You will get better! I promise. Every storm runs out of rain!!
Here are some resources if you really feel like you’re stuck in a rut and nothing is helping! ⇣
Suicide Prevention Hotline USA = 1-800-273-8255
I hope some of these things can help! You can always reach out to me at any time!
*Also as a disclaimer, the media in this blog post, is not my own. I do not own any of it. Copyright goes to their media’s respectful owner. I just used it for the purpose of this blog post.*