28/05/2015 09:13 BST | Updated 27/05/2016 06:59 BST

Self Care Tips - Finding Your Happy

This is as much for me as it is for you reading this. It's a reminder of all the the self care ideas we can use to brighten and lift our days when Mr. Gloomy strikes. Having previously suffered with depression and postnatal depression, I know how important it is to keep that spark inside alive.


  • Listen to your favourite music - something that makes the hairs on the back of your neck rise
  • Look at old photo's and watch old home videos
  • Take a nice long hot soak or a shower. When you are feeling down it can feel such a chore but you'll feel so much better for it
  • Start reading a life changing book - The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle, John Livingston Seagull, Chicken Soup for the Soul - there are so many
  • Do something nice for someone - help an elderly person, buy a homeless person some food, open a door for someone struggling to get through, give up your seat on public transport - you catch my drift
  • Volunteer your time to a charity - I used to volunteer at the local youth club on a Friday evening which I really enjoyed
  • Donate to charity - I know charity begins at home but help out a charity by offering your time to raise money - you could do a race for life or do a skydive or donate unwanted items
  • Dance - go out with your friends or have a wiggle in your kitchen - the girls and I love to wiggle to some beats before dinner time, it's a bit of a ritual for us
  • Buy your favourite flowers to brighten up your day - I don't spend a fortune, but I always have flowers around
  • Treat yourself to a dinner/drink date with a friend or partner
  • Sleep - yes I know, I know more than most that sleep is like gold dust. I pack myself off to bed very early at least twice a week - the difference is amazing
  • Learn some basic breathing techniques to help you through anxiety or panic attacks
  • Try some natural remedies like Australian Bush Flower or homeopathic remedies to lift your mood
  • Write a list of 50 things that make you happy and pin it up somewhere you can see it everyday
  • When you are feeling low try to write the words that reflect how you feel down on paper - I like to screw the paper up and throw it away
  • Call a friend or a family member you can trust and are close to
  • Try to avoid alcohol. We all like a little tipple now and again right? But when you are feeling down, fuelling it with a natural depressive isn't going to help you find your happy again
  • Buying materialistic items can temporarily lift your mood so it's not all bad to do a bit of retail therapy
  • Watch a happy movie - I love happy movies to get the serotonin levels up again
  • Avoid negative news - it's only going to consume you and make you feel helpless
  • Watch your favourite comedian, nothing like a good chuckle out loud
  • Make sure you get your daily fruit and veg intake - all the vital vitamins and minerals our body needs
  • Cut down or cut out caffeine. I've been caffeine free for 3 months now and the thought of pumping that crap into my body makes me feel ill now - I sleep better and I have far more energy than I did when I drank it
  • When a friend or family member offers you a hug - take it
  • Limit social media - if your phone/laptop or iPad is your appendage much like mine are, then set aside a night or few hours you can switch off from it all
  • Set yourself achievable daily tasks. I write a list of things I need to do that I know I can complete and tick them off as I go along. Even if it's, shower, wash hair, put washing on, do online shop. It's positive progresses
  • and read this - 10 Steps To A Happier Place With A Kick Up The Bum

Be kind to yourself, take each day as it comes, don't pile the pressure on yourself and breath!

Feel free to share your self care tips below.

Light and love