Five Feel-good Things To Do

Five Feel Good things to do

Ok, see here in Melbourne we’ve all been tricked a bit. Had the rug pulled from under us in the weather stakes. When I left the house this morning it was like 6C. On Thursday I took my laptop and sat outside and worked on my back deck – it was 22C!!! The sun was shining, I wore a dress and had bare legs!

Bare legs in August!!!

It’s much harder to take this cold snap, when the delights of Spring have been so tantalisingly close. We were whooping in celebration that the winter has passed, only to be plunged back in the following day with torrential rain and temperatures hovering at 10C.

So if you’re feeling like you’ve had the rug pulled from under you, right when you were rifling around for that bikini, here are five feel good things you can do.

Cook a Curry From Scratch

Include lots of chilli, and coconut milk and turmeric. Warm those bones from the inside out.

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of warming spices like cardamom and cloves. Doing it from scratch is the best way forward because when you sit down to eat that gorgeous curry, you will have earned it, you’ll feel super proud of yourself,

You will totally want to boast and reach around pat yourself on the back. Try this gorgeous vegetarian Jamie Oliver curry, posted by Eat Live Grow.

Treat yourself to some naan bread (or make some from scratch with this recipe ). Fresh coriander is a must and will seal your fate as ‘smug home cook’.

Rent Your Fav’ Movie

Put on your warmest fluffiest socks, get a nice blanky, make some hot chocolate, snuggle up with your dog, your boy love or girl love and watch something you love. I’m a sucker for British crime – I just love it. If you’re looking for recommendations Broadchurch (Series 1 and 2), Silent Witness, Wire In The Blood are all gripping.

I also love British ‘fly on the wall’ documentaries – the Brits do TV so well. A couple of my favourites are ‘One Born Every Minute’ and ’24 Hours in Emergency’. When I was pregnant with my third baby I never missed an episode and howled my way through the entire season. I still cry, even without those crazy pregnancy hormones.

Connect With An Old Friend

On Friday night I caught up with two school friends for dinner. We don’t see each other much, and all have very different lives. But the sense of wellbeing that comes with reconnecting with people that know you so well is immeasurable. There’s always a bit of mischief with these girls, a little bit of regression back to our 15-year-old selves, and hearty belly laughs that renew your energy for life.

Reaching out will always draw you out of the doldrums and make you feel like life is great, even if the sun has gone into hiding.

Do Some Exercise

Whatever your thing is, moving your body just makes you feel good. I don’t like the gym much, but my gym has great yoga classes so I do that. I walk also, which I’ve written about here, and I’ve just started the C25K program (Week One completed!). That is a whole post in itself, so will save that for another day. But what I can say now, is that after my very amateur work out, I feel amazing, that life is good and like I can do anything.

A couple of months back I didn’t go to yoga for three weeks. It was school holidays, I had a niggling back problem and I started feeling like it was all too hard. School went back and my back pain eased, so I made myself go back. After the first class I actually said to myself “I feel like I’m finally back in control of my life”. I was feeling decidedly ratty, but didn’t make the connection with extended couch time and frayed edges. But then the light went on, and I decided right at that moment that moving my body was a key part of my physical and mental health strategy.

Yoga woman

Yoga Inspo Right There!

So whatever you like to do that raises your pulse a bit and gives you that feeling of freedom and rose coloured glasses, do that, and frayed edges be damned!

Make A Plan

There is nothing like making a plan to get you all excited about life again. Think about a holiday, your next camping trip or road trip, a hobby you want to take up. Look in to a way to make it happen. Just today I started researching caravan parks and camping grounds in South Australia for the September holidays. Now I’m super excited.

Having a little side project, not related to work or school anything chore-like is a lovely distraction from the hard stuff.


Happy (Rainy) Sunday

What do you do to perk yourself up?



  1. says

    I have done lots of these things this weekend. Yesterday I gave myself permission to be lazy. I just rested, read mags and scrolled online with no agenda. Today I made a big plan (including post it notes- haha) and I feel so much better. Off to the gym in the morning to regain the mental health and physical health. Bron x

    • collette says

      I just love those ‘lazy’ pj days Bron. I think we all need to have those. Enjoy your workout this morning – nothing like sweating it out for a bit clarity. xx

  2. says

    That 22 degree day was amazing! It was the first day I felt the need to wear my hat while walking our dog and the first day since winter has set in that I had bare arms outside. Fortunately I didn’t decide to change over to my summer wardrobe as the next few days have reminded me that Melbourne weather is unpredictable and it’s what helps make us resilient and flexible. I lived in LA for a few months back in the nineties and I couldn’t believe how the weather hardly ever changed. I like being able to adjust to our crazy weather without too much complaint! 😄

    • collette says

      I agree, I do like the changes that Melbourne weather brings. And even though it’s unpredictable, it was so lovely having that little glimpse of what is to come soon! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. says

    We have a lot of extreme weather here too – one day super hot and amazing, the next, everyone has the heating on. I find walking one of the best things to perk me up and also for inspiration. Sometimes I specifically go for a walk in the rain and it feels like the perfect thing when you’re in the mood for it. When my husband cooks a curry from scratch, that’s fab too 🙂

    • collette says

      Yes, arguably Scotland’s weather is more extreme because of the very cold winters. We think our winters are cold but compared to your part of the world, we probably don’t have much to complain about. Since writing about that curry, I’m craving it, so it’s on the menu for dinner this week. I agree with you, I think walking is a salve for everything. x

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