In this world there exists a universal truth which we like to ignore: that sometimes shit gets us down.
Whether you’re bombarded by a rude ex, an unappreciative lover, or bully boss, there are times when we get into slumps and can’t see any way out. It doesn’t matter if you have a reason to be sad or if you’re just sobbing into a packet of tampons with no idea why; feeling gloomy sucks. So if you’ve got the blues, or what Audrey Hepburn described as the mean reds (when you’re scared and you don’t know why), know that those feelings won’t last forever. Wrap yourself up in a fuzzy blanket and (hopefully) find some feel-good inspiration from my list of cheer-up tricks.
Read a book/watch a movie
Crack open that old favourite and immerse yourself in characters that are so friendly and familiar you’ll feel like you’re returning home. According to UK research conducted by Dr David Lewis, reading can help improve your mood more than any other stress-relief past-times such as walking or listening to music. So snuggle up in bed and feel the worries of this world slip away as you move into a new land filled with witches, Kings, or ill-fated lovers. Bonus points if you hop onto Tumblr and enjoy analytical discussions and fan-made scenarios about your most beloved fictional characters.
Shake it off
There’s something about blasting your go-to jam and jumping around the room that simply lifts your spirits. Whether you like to get down to Taylor Swift or Kendrick Lamar, throw all concepts of dignity out the window and bust a move. Grab that hairbrush and prove to yourself why Jimmy Fallon really should have chosen you for a lip sync battle.
Scrub a dub-dub
If someone is making you feel anything less than the Godly creature that you are, then I suggest you reach for some Sylvia Plath and run yourself a steamy, hot bath. As the bubbles start to form and the steam fogs up your mirror, repeat after Ms Plath in Fever 103:
‘I am too pure for you or anyone.
Hurts me as the world hurts God. I am a lantern-
My head a moon
Of Japanese paper, my gold beaten skin
Infinitely delicate and infinitely expensive.
Does not my heat astound you. And my light.
All by myself I am a huge camellia
Glow and coming and going, flush on flush.’
That’s what friends are for
Sometimes you just need to rant it out. Whether it’s over coffee, a shared pillow, or a worryingly tear-stained phone the best thing you can do is get support from those who care the most. Even if people can’t physically be there for you, a few heartfelt words can make all the difference. Receiving a gif of Taylor Swift holding up a sign that says “I love you” can really turn it all around. How can you feel bad with someone to remind you just how loved you really are? Start listening to your friends, remember your worth, and embrace it.
If you’re suffering from something more than a grumpy mood then you need to know that it’s important to seek help. With mental health conditions affecting one in four young Australians you’re certainly not alone. Not only are these statistics troubling but, according to Beyond Blue, suicide is the biggest cause of death for young Australians. The number of our youth committing suicide is almost double the number whose lives are lost in car accidents. If you’re struggling then please reach out to a professional. Free counselling is available around the clock with Lifeline on 13 11 14 and Beyond Blue at 1300 22 4636.
In short, please cheer up cherubs, life really does go on.
By Brittany Smith