Depression is common in Australia. The White Cloud Foundation sites that one million Australians suffer from depression (one in seven people) and 2.3 million suffer from anxiety (one in four people).
Depression | A low mood is common
We all have days we wake up tired and low. You might have a touch of the flu or the prospect of the day ahead may feel overwhelming. You may want to rollover, sink your head back into the pillow and hope the day will just go away. Further, it might be raining outside, there’s a traffic jam on the way to work. You might get caught at a red light, which causes you to be late for work – again! When you get there your boss is watching the clock.
Life can also throw us some curly ones at times. Just when you get on top of things financially, you might receive your car registration renewal in the mail with a traffic fine! There might be a variety of reasons for a low mood or no reason at all. Many people suffer from depression. For many Australians that cloudy feeling is sometimes hard to lift.
Depression | You are not alone
But don’t dismay because you are not alone in fighting depression. There are many people who woke up in a low mood today and there is a lot of help at hand. If you feel you need professional help be sure to contact organisations like The White Cloud Foundation, Lifeline or Beyond Blue. These organisations help thousands of Australians who suffer from depression and anxiety each year. If you think you might be suffering from depression or anxiety please seek professional help.
In the meantime if you want a few quick ways to feel a little brighter and happier pick something from this list. Access this list any time of the day via your phone and get some uplifting ideas to beat the blues.
135 ways to lift your mood instantly
List issues. Write solutions. Deal with one each day. Seek help if needed.
Seeking help is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of true strength.
Avoid the phone
Lose the phone for a day. It is peaceful.
Baking is a lovely way to spend the day. Bake cupcakes, muffins, cakes and bikkies.
Be more silly
Tell a joke to a friend. Make water balloons. Run under a sprinkler.
Breakfast in bed
It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to enjoy breakfast in bed. Enjoy a break.
Light a candle, turn lights out. Follow with a Camomile tea and early night.
Chocolate is a wonderful pleasure. Life is short. Live a little. Treat yourself.
Pick up the phone and call family and friends. Lift your mood with a nice conversation.
Change a habit
You only have to say no to your bad habit once, to get you on the path to changing it.
Change your diet
Check out my Super Foods cheat sheet. Eat food from this list and feel amazing.
Invite a friend over and give each other a manicure.
Choose a child a star
Search for it every night together. They will remember you by their special star.
Choose your star
Choose yourself a star. Now every time you look at it make a wish!
Clean the house
A cleaner house brings calm, clarity of mind and a feeling of being in control. Happiness!
Create a routine
If you are stuck in a rut, change your routine. E.g. Get up earlier in the quiet.
Create something right now. Get out a sketch pad and pen and invent something.
Cup of tea
Tea makes you stop for a moment and reflect. Quench your soul in a nice cuppa!
Being good at delegating is an excellent life skill. Thank people for their help always.
Learn how to give yourself a facial. Feel good and save money.
DIY manicure Purchase a cheap manicure set from a discount store and enjoy pampering at home.
You do not have to be Paris Hilton to sit in front of your telly and feel like a star.
Go for a walk in the rain. Jump in some puddles. Roll around the living room with the kids.
Do something new
Get out of your comfort zone. For example, if you are not a gardener, get digging!
Invest in a cheap DVD. Now you can have your Yoga teacher directly in your living room.
Donate your stuff
If you want an instant lift, grab a box or a bag, and start discarding your old stuff. Just let go.
Download new songs
If you are experiencing a low mood download some new songs.
Dress up today
Looking great makes you feel fabulous, more confident and happier!
Eat blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. You will feel berries after this!
Eat chocolate cake
Eat a big fat piece of chocolate cake. Add whipped cream and a cup of tea. Happiness.
Donuts and coffee really make me feel good. Watching Coco eating a donut. Even better!
Enjoy an ice-cream after a long work day. Works for me!
Grapes are crispy and healthy little balls of happiness. Enjoy a grape or a bunch of them.
If you have a fireplace keep marshmallows and skewers in the pantry for toasting.
Silence is wonderful. Enjoy quiet time without the TV or a stereo blaring.
Enrol in a course
You will get an instant lift due to the thought that life may take an interesting turn.
Op shops often sell foot spas for cheap prices. Grab one and indulge your feet.
Free community class
A class could change your life. Booking a class will also give you more to look forward to.
Free night out for friends
Give each other a manicure and save. Spend the money on a night out!
Full body moisturiser
Moisturise your entire body after exfoliation in a hot bath. Feel instantly wonderful.
Get up early
Enjoy quiet times in the morning when no-one is up. Set a nice precedent for the day ahead.
Give a present
Make a friend’s day and make yours. It feels good to give. Do not expect anything in return.
Commit a random act of kindness. Give flowers to a stranger. Light up their life!
Give something up
Give up a bad vice. This will instantly lift your mood, self-esteem and confidence.
Throw out the ill-fitting clothes in your wardrobe. Get comfy.
Have a Champagne
Enjoy some relaxing music and a glass of Champagne.
Have a cook-free day
Have a night off cooking. Get cheap takeaway tonight!
Have a cook-up
Good if you need a lift on a Sunday if you are bit bored.
Hot oil treatment
Pamper yourself and instantly lift your mood.
Draw up a housework roster now. Feeling in control will lift your mood.
Ice-cream in bed
Make yourself an ice-cream in a cone and eat it in bed. You will feel silly and happy!
Join a club
Jump online and join a club now. Break out of your comfort zone.
Join a community
Hang out with like-minded people online gets you places. Nice.
Knitting is a quick fix instant feel-good hobby. Knitting is relaxing, cheap and productive!
Learn new stuff
Jump on YouTube and learn how to make something.
Light a candle
Light scented candles occasionally. These will make you feel happier.
Burn some incense. The smell will improve your mood.
Listen to podcasts
Learn new stuff while being entertained. Sting your brain daily.
Listen to water
Listen to real water running, whether it is the rain, or a little fountain in your living room. Listen to water Download the sound of water. This is relaxing. Listen while working or resting.
Look for a matinee
Buy tickets to a local matinee as something nice to look forward to.
Make body butter
Make your own coconut body butter. Smooth it over your body after a hot bath.
Focus on health and happiness. Not looking like a stick. You can still eat chocolate!
Make a video
Make a how-to YouTube video and share it in the Savings Room!
Make a new friend
Make friends here at the Savings Room. Watch your world blossom and expand!
Make a speech
Make a speech to a fake crowd. You will laugh at yourself while practising a great skill!
Make caramel square just so you can lick the bowl. Yum.
Give yourself a makeover. Take glamour shots and post your photos on Facebook!
Make pavlova and serve it up as dessert for the family. Get more hugs.
Make rum balls
Make rum balls for no reason. Devour one, with morning tea, every day this week!
Jump online and learn martial arts moves. Feel instantly powerful and happier.
Take lessons. This is a great way to feel good everyday. Live music is uplifting.
Find a quiet time in the day to mediate. Calm your inner voice. Centre yourself.
Do you know of someone who is in a position you once were in? Call and help them.
No housework day
Sloth it up all day and avoid housework. Watch chick flicks and eat ice-cream in your PJs.
Call an old friend and have a laugh. This is an instant mood lifter.
Organise a night out
Just knowing you have a night out to look forward is an instant mood enhancer!
Paint a canvas
Chip away at a painting as time goes on. Painting is relaxing, creative and mood lifting!
Play an instrument
Go a piano, guitar or violin lying about the house? Revive your love for your instrument!
Pick from a platter
Indulge in a platter of cheese and crackers. It does not matter if you are not at a party.
Plan a trip
Jump online and start planning a fantastic trip. Try something new like a cruise!
Plan each weekend
Factor in some you time, we time and everyone in between time. Create great memories.
Plan school holidays ahead of time. Get the most out of your precious time with the kids.
Plan a dream home
Keep a sketchbook where you can scribble down your dream home wish list.
Plant a tree
Plant your tree and watch it grow. This will brighten your day, every day, for many days.
Plant a flowerbed outside your bedroom or kitchen window.
Play board games
Board games bring back the child in you. Playing with kids, even better! Happy faces!
Play music loud
Pick your favourite album of all time and now turn it up loud. Feel better?
Play old tracks
If you cannot afford to buy new music simply pull out some old tracks you forgot about.
Read a great book
Step inside someone else’s shoes for the week. Take a soak in their stories and words.
Read happy blogs
Subscribe to uplifting blogs and receive happiness every day!
Move furniture around and go on holiday at home! Change the dynamic. Mix it up.
Relax near a fire
Collect firewood. Have a fire in the evening. Enjoy a nice glass of red.
Relax in the sun
Go outside and sit on a chair. Let your face soak up the sun for ten minutes today.
Next time you are doing your groceries grab some cheap movies from a movie machine.
Replace bad habits
Replace a bad habit with a good one. For example, replace coffee with green tea.
Revamp your house
Revamp a room in your home to look just like a room in a magazine. Use Op shop finds.
Give yourself a reward every day. This might be a nice piece of cake or a DIY foot spa.
If you live near a rose garden go and smell the roses, literally! Take gorgeous photos.
Make Russian fudge and devour it without guilt or reservation. Life is short.
It is ok to say no. Practice makes perfect. Say no if this brings you freedom and happiness.
Say yes more often
The next time someone asks you out for coffee say yes. Enjoy a chat with a friend.
Scan old pictures
Look at your old self and get grounded. Make a movie out of the photos to music.
When picking up the kids go a little bit earlier. Have a chat an uplifting chat in the yard.
Send a postcard
Send a postcard from your home town. Giggle to yourself and give a friend a laugh.
If funds are limited shop online and then abandon your cart. It still feels good to shop!
Sing sing, sing, sing
Need I say more.
Sleep sleep, sleep, sleep
It is the best stress reliever and way to rejuvenate.
Grab any opportunity to sleep in. Lie there, because you can!
Smiling improves your mood. Smile for an entire minute now. Feeling happier?
Solve a problem
Pretend you are a Dear Abbey columnist. How would you answer the problem?
Venture outside, sit on a chair, and watch the stars.
Start a blog
Blogs are fun! Start one today right here in the Savings Room.
Start a garden
All great gardens start with one flower or one plant. So plant one and then add to it.
Next time you are at the shops grab a packet of strawberry donuts. Enjoy with a cuppa!
Study a new subject
Learning new stuff will lift your mood and you will get smarter and smarter!
Comedies are mindless and a great way to relax and unwind.
Jump on YouTube and learn a Tahitian dance! Show off your skills at your next party!
Take a nana nap
If feeling low you might just be tired. Grab a nice cosy blanket and have a nap.
Take glamour shots
Take some photos of yourself after a quick makeover and post them on your profile page!
Take the dog out
Take the dog for a walk. There is happiness in that wagging tail!
Talk to neighbours
People love a chat while they can be nosey at the same time. Stick your head over the fence.
Talk back radio
Talk back radio is fascinating. Listen to interesting stories today.
Tell a child a story
Children love an amazing and magical story. Watch their face light up.
TV in bed
If you have a TV in your bedroom go to bed early and watch your favourite show.
Walk with a child
Children will tell you all kinds of weird and wonderful stories on a walk. Instant happiness!
Take a warm shower. Let the water heal your bones. You will feel better.
Wear bright colours
For an even better mood, wear a bright colour. Brighten your mood and someone else’s!
The smell of perfume is always uplifting. Spritz yourself and then waft past someone!
If you never wear pink, wear pink. It will give you a new outlook for the day.
Exercise, exercise, exercise. It will change your whole personality and for the better!
Write a book
One book can change your life. Writing a book can change many lives. Write for happiness.
Write a poem
Start writing small poems. They are fun to write and might lead to bigger adventures!
Your ideal life
Walk around every day as if you are already living your ideal life. Now you are!
Watch superhero auditions. Totally mindless. Totally hilarious.
Challenge yourself. Visit 43things.com and list things you would like to do in life.