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.
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?