5 Little Pick Me Ups

Last month I had been quite unlucky with illness and each time I was down and out I needed a few little pick me ups to get back on track. I love feeling motivated, inspired and productive but the bit I find the hardest is the consistency. Every so often it’s necessary to give myself that oh-so needed kick up the back side, when all I really want to do is hide under the covers. I can’t be the only one that feels like this am I?!

What I’m learning as I go along is that more and more, it’s the little things in life that make the biggest difference. There’s no denying how lovely it is to receive a handmade gifts or handwritten card. So for those moments when you’re demoralised or need that little pick me up here is my list of very small things to make life seem all that bit better…

1. Play a song that means something to you…REALLY loud. This can transform my mood in seconds. For me, it’s Beyonce, Love on Top. Reminds me of good times and good friends.

2. Look at old photos. If my girls have really got the better of me I remind myself of what it’s all about and have a flick through some of their baby photos.

3. Paint my nails. An instant pick-me up. You do things differently when your nails are painted, more elegantly and I like that.

4. Meet a friend and laugh. Breaking from routine and making time for old friends that always make you feel good.

5. 10 minute walk in the fresh air. Leaving 10 minutes early for the school pick up and going for a walk.

What are your little pick-me ups?
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10 comments on “5 Little Pick Me Ups

  1. Katy Price
    December 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    That is like dangling a carrot because now I want to know what shoes you were wearing…??!!!!! Haha xx

    • My Pollyanna
      December 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      You’ll find out on Monday when I blog about them!! Wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise now… x

  2. KittNoir
    December 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Brilliant tips – especially the walking and painting nails. Hope you are feeling better xx

    • My Pollyanna
      December 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Thanks Kitt. Feeling great right now. Although I do need to paint my nails… x

  3. Katy Price
    December 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Jo Prado, you took the words right out of my mouth…reading this was like reading about myself.

    This too has been a difficult year for me and finding your blog has been one of the ‘high’ points that I cherish. It is so true that the littlest things can make the biggest impact on us…and how right you are about the difference in which we do things when our nails are painted (I smiled as I read that) – gives such a sense of self worth.

    Your blog has become one of my daily pick-me ups. Thank you so much for sharing this! x

    • My Pollyanna
      December 5, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Brilliant Katy. Utterly flattered by your comments, thank you. Compliments are also a HUGE pick me up…there’s nothing nicer than being recognised for something – it makes it all worth it. This morning I had people commenting on my shoes and I’ve come back from the school run feeling on top of the world. Totally unexpected and a definite pick me up x

  4. Samantha
    December 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I have two teenagers and one not far off those years; as a stay at home mum I try hard not to lose sight of me or my husband in amongst all the teenage angst. I walk my dogs and run/exercise to improve my sometimes negative mood. When I lose perspective, talking helps (doesn’t much matter who to) sometimes just hearing someone else’s opinion and off loading can be serious therapy as long as you return the favour :-) Thank you for your blog posts, one of my daily must reads! x

    • My Pollyanna
      December 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Samantha, What a lovely comment. Thank you so, so much. It’s amazing to think of My Pollyanna as a “must read”. Totally made my day!

      For me, exercise is the starting point of all positivity (notwithstanding the content in my post!). It makes me feel energised, I eat better and not interested in junk food so therefore I look better. And releases all those amazing endorphins that generally just make me feel better. Unfortunately I have neglected this point for past few months (since my triathlon in July) and it’s had the opposite effect. Just got to get those trainers on and get out there!

  5. Jo Prado
    December 4, 2013 at 11:34 am

    You and me are two peas in a pod! Reading this was like looking in the mirror… but I have a feeling you may already know that! During a very difficult year I have turned to the little things in life to cheer me up, motivate me….help me get out of bed in the morning & they really have made a BIG difference to my mood and outlook on life. And, will help me reflect on the year in a more positive way than I probably would have.

    Music, painting my nails and getting out for a walk are all high up on my list, as are taking photo’s of things that make me smile (my Instagram feed is full of those) and lighting candles, preferably from The White Company!

    I’ve no doubt I won’t be your only kindred spirit on this subject. Thank you for sharing xx

    • My Pollyanna
      December 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Oh Jo, candles…YESSS! One of my nightly rituals at the moment and give me an instant “ahhh” feeling, like everything is going to be ok. I’ve been reflecting on the year too and grasping hold of the little, happy moments and appreciating the little things. Taking a step back too and looking in to make sure I don’t get lost in the ‘big’ things. Thanks so much for your comment xx ps. you’re right…two peas. Spooky isn’t it?!

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