We’ve all been there before; that feeling like the whole world is weighing on us. Whether your best friend is down in the dumps about a breakup, losing a job, fighting with someone they love or just having a ‘bad’ day, there’s nothing worse than seeing a friend or loved one in pain.
Having a bad case of the blues sucks, but with a few cheer-up tips you can bring your bestie back to their happy self in no time. And the best part? Making them feel better makes you feel good! Happiness and positivity is known to be highly contagious, so it works in everyone’s favor to have some feel-good tips up your sleeves for those bad days.
1. Send Them Something Colourful, Vibrant, and Fun
It’s a proven boost of excitement when you receive a gift sent to you by someone you care about – especially when you’re not expecting it. You don’t have to spend a fortune to turn your bestie’s day around; think small, fun and colorful. A colorful bunch of blooms, a vibrantly fun balloon delivery or a small gift hamper loaded with some goodies is bound to put a smile on their face.
While it’ll definitely be appreciated if you rock up to your friend or loved one’s house with a surprise, sending them something wonderful to their work or home is always exciting. They won’t expect it and it’ll make them smile all day every time they look at your gift. Complete the surprise with a little note of encouragement to remind them you care and are thinking of them
2. Take Them Out on a New Adventure or Dinner Date
Is there something your bestie has always wanted to do? If it’s local and easy to arrange, surprising them with a new adventure can get them out of the house and out of the dumps quickly. Whether it’s a hike to a new location, a picnic, day spa experience or something that fuels their favorite hobby, it’s amazing how much a change of scenery can boost those endorphins.
Alternatively, cooking your friend or loved one a homemade dinner followed by a movie night can take the pressure off for the evening or find a new restaurant for a few drinks and dinner date to indulge in. One of the best ways to cheer a friend up is by taking them out, so opt for some fresh air or a place with some good memories attached to it for them.
3. Get Creative
Does your bestie love to paint, write or cook? Getting them back into their creative process can help to channel any negative energy into one that’s more positive and fulfilling. If you know your friend or loved one thrives off accomplishing something creative but hasn’t been feeling motivated to do so, help them get there by arranging an innovative day together.
Consider attending an art class, cooking up a storm together at home or get inspired by an exhibition or live music event. Anything that fuels the creative vibe can bring you and your bestie closer together, while changing the dynamics of her bad day to something happier.
4. Boost Endorphins Through Exercise and Music
It’s a proven benefit that exercise and music can boost endorphins and make you feel better. And while it’s hard to get energetic on those gloomy days, sometimes it’s the best thing you can do. Encourage your friend with a little gentle motivation or attend a few fun workout classes together that will get you both up, out and moving. For an extra dose of drive and enthusiasm, check out the top workout songs to rock out too you and your friend can listen to together.
If your bestie really isn’t in the mood for exercising, you can still help them boost their endorphins and feel-good vibes by playing some happy tunes. Music is one of the most powerful ways to alter a mood; there’s a scientific reason why you can’t stop grooving to a catchy beat regardless of how many times you’ve heard the track! So, put on your favorite playlist loud and dance around the living room if need be.
5. Hug It Out
Seems pretty basic but physical touch in the form of a big hug from someone you care about can go a long way. There’s something about being embraced that correlates with feeling warm and loved, and this helps to release those feel-good chemicals into our brains. People need human contact and the power of a massive hug between two friends is undeniable. If you’re not the hugging type, simply lending an ear to your bestie and letting them vent can be a powerful feel-good move too.
What do you like to do to cheer up your bestie, family member or loved one on a bad day?
This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, an online blogger and copywriter who recommends the gift and delivery service at Boxt.com.au. Boxt are a leading online provider of hampers and other gift ideas and do delivery throughout Australia. Catch Boxt on Facebook or Pinterest for more ideas.