Not the most creative of titles is it? Honestly though, do we not all have those months moments where we just want to crawl in a hole and cover our faces with a blanket in the hopes that it’ll shield us from whatever it is that’s making us feel stressed/worried/anxious/sad/nervous/just generally all around bad. Those moods call for something special, those moods call for one or all of the following:
Whenever I say I feel like hiding from life I often say “I feel like crawling in a hole…with Netflix” and I say that for a reason. Just vegging out, sitting down for a while and not running around all the time is one of the most blissful things you can do in my opinion. If you’re not one to watch tv or movies, really sit down, relax and give it a try. The whole process of zoning out and watching is something that cheers me up like no other because it turns off my brain (and my brain is usually going a mile a minute).
Go out to brunch.
When you feel like staying in, sometimes one of the best things to do is go out and brunch is the perfect excuse- who doesn’t love that feeling of when you see your waiter bringing your food to you? In all seriousness though, when you’re overwhelmed sometime it’s all about appreciating the little things. Hotcakes, pancakes, eggs, acai bowls, sourdough bread, porridge, muesli, banana bread, fritters, omelettes, if there was any reason to crawl out of your hole it’s for all of those things. Life just doesn’t seem so tough when I’ve got pancakes sitting in front of me.
Take a long shower.
Showers are grossly underrated in my opinion. Turn on the hot water (or scalding hot water if you’re always cold like me) and just let it run over you. It sounds corny but sometimes I feel like the water really does wash away any negative feelings I have and I always feel so fresh and clean after a shower. For the full effect, change into fresh pyjamas afterwards.
Do something exciting.
I’ve heard people say that when you’re feeling less than your best you should do things to busy your mind and body (someone suggested cleaning? No thanks) but my brain is quite the multi-tasker and no matter what I’m doing I always still think about whatever is worrying or upsetting me. So instead of doing something sedentary, try finding something exciting or exhilarating to do instead. It could be horse-riding, doing a tough hike, riding a rollercoaster, going skinny dipping, snorkelling, a martial arts class or even an escape room. Whatever it is, give yourself something to be excited about and something to look forward to.
Set yourself goals.
Half the reason why I usually feel like crawling in a hole is because I just feel unfocused and blah about everything, so sitting down and writing out my goals gives me some purpose and it gets me motivated and excited about life again because I can see some direction emerging. I break down my long term goals into short-term goals and it’s those more manageable goals that make me feel more positive because it feels like day by day I’m working toward things that I can actually achieve.