Cheer up (get happy)
There's loads of reasons for feeling down. Problems with friends, family and school can have a huge effect on your emotions and leave you feeling completely drained.
A lack of exercise and healthy food is often the cause of low energy levels. But there are other energy-zappers!
Feeling stressed-out, nervous and/or anxious quickly drains your energy supplies. Big exam sessions, pressing workloads and demanding deadlines are the main causes of this when you're at school.
Have a look at the following great tips and get happy!
20 ways to Cheer yourself up:
1. Sing! It's been scientifically proven that an organ in the inner ear (the sacculus), which responds to the frequencies commonly found in music, is connected to the part of the brain responsible for pleasure. It also gives our lungs, abdomen and intercostals a work out, as well as toning our face muscles.
2. Don't skip breakfast! Get up 10 minutes early if needs be and make yourself something nice. Toast, cereal, eggs, fruit, yoghurt… The choice is endless!
3. Wake yourself up and get your circulation going by showering - rubbing your body briskly with a sponge or loofah. Then make yourself feel good by using a nice-smelling shower gel.
4. If you get the bus to school, offer your seat to someone who looks as though they need it more than you. You'll be amazed by how good it makes you feel!
5. If school is making you feel tense, calm down with a relaxation technique. Breathing slowly and deeply from the stomach energises your body by charging every cell with oxygen.
If you're feeling sluggish, become instantly revived by following these three simple steps:
- Sit in a comfortable position. Back straight.
- Close your eyes and relax your muscles.
- Repeat to yourself: "I am…" as you breathe in, and "…relaxed" as you breathe out.
Continue this for 5 to 10 minutes and you should feel completely recharged!
6. Be organised! Trust me - it works! Taking 10 minutes out a night to sort yourself out will make you feel so much more relaxed. Otherwise, things can get on top of you and stress you out. Make an effort to clear out some useless knick-knacks and then offload it at a charity shop. By doing this, you'll help to detox your mind. Remember, your body thrives on order, not chaos.
7. When you're working/revising burn a scented candle or some incense. It'll help you relax. Some scents are even supposed to help you concentrate - lemon is one of them.
8. If you've got excess energy and can't concentrate on your work, have a break. Stick on your fave CD and dance around your bedroom for 10 minutes. Who cares what the neighbours think?!
9. After you've finished your homework for the night, give a couple of friends a ring (beware of the phone bill!) and have a good ol' gossip. It'll help you relax if you know you're up-to-date with the latest goings-on.
10. Treat yourself to that new chocolate bar you've been meaning to try. It won't hurt every now and then!
11. Arrange a night-out with the girls/lads. Go to the cinema, bowling or perhaps ice-skating, and have a laugh!
12. Force a couple of friends to go jogging with you. Or you could play a game of footie, go swimming or play tennis - anything to move you about a bit and take your mind off work. Once the soreness has worn off, you'll feel better for it - I promise!
13. Be optimistic. Think half full, not half empty. Positive thinking does wonders!
14. Smile! It releases mood-enhancing endorphins (whatever they are!), which lift your spirit.
15. If you're feeling anxious about something - talk about it. When you feel calm on the inside, you'll be charged on the outside.
16. Make "me" time. We all need time to relax and recharge. Even if you just curl up in bed with your thoughts - a little self-indulgence goes a long way. When you've done your homework (so that it's not 'hanging over your head') - pamper yourself! Have a nice, long soak in the bath - it always helps to ease any tension.
17. Rummage through any old snaps and get mildly excited by how much your looks have improved since then.
18. Finish off any work you need to do, then plonk down in front of your fave video and pig out a bit!
19. If you're on bad terms with someone, sort it out. Arguing with someone close to you can get you down - sometimes subconsciously.
20. Go shopping! Make sure that you've done all your homework, and take a Saturday off to spend some money. Once the dent in your bank account has settled down, it'll all be worth it!