3 ways to feel better right now

cardigan over chrambray
chambray and chartreuse
sweater: Target (similar) // shirt: Old Navy // jeans: Forever 21 // shoes: LuLu*s // earrings: SoLa


Spring is finally here in Austin, and not a moment too soon. I've been really feeling the winter blues these last couple of months. It's been dark, cold, and wet, all of which make it hard to find motivation, inspiration, or focus. Thankfully I have a therapist I love and a wonderful support system to turn to when things get really dark, but it's always been important to me to be able to make myself feel better on my own, even if it's just enough to hold myself together until I get home to Dago or call my mom. When all else fails, these are my three favorite ways to feel better right now.

1. Wear a an outfit that makes you feel great. For me it's something that I've worn enough times to have figured out any kinks, and something that usually garners compliments (hey, having someone else tell you that you look good never hurts!). Whether it's a bold collection of colors or an all-black ensemble, wearing something that feels essentially you is always a good way to start feeling better. Bonus if you wear a pair of shoes with a little heel -- that extra bit of height can be exactly the confident boost you need!

2. Send out a little love into the universe. When I'm feeling down, I like to send a quick text to a friend I haven't talked to in a while. Chances are, they needed to hear something positive and supportive in that moment, but even if not, it's just nice to be reminded that you're loved and thought about. Doing this always makes me feel better because I did something nice for someone I care about, but it's also great because it reminds you of what awesome people are in your life and how lucky you are to have them.

3. Citrus. When I notice that I'm in a dark place -- depressed, unmotivated, ultra-sensitive, just wanting to crawl back into bed -- I like to grab a piece of citrus: an orange, clementine, or tangerine, preferably! Even having the pop of color on my desk at work helps literally brighten my day, but the scent and especially the act of peeling and eating each individual section of the fruit improves my mood every time. It feels good to take care of yourself, and I love that eating a piece of citrus makes you spend a couple more seconds on doing something good for you.

It doesn't take much for a bad day to spiral into a rut, so I try to remember these three easy tricks for getting through rough spots. What are your fool-proof ways to feel better?

P.S. I'm off to CAMP at the end of the workday! Can't wait to see some of you there!

15 comments

  1. I don't think there could have been a more perfect back ground for this outfit. I completely agree with the citrus thing. Clementines are my favorite citrus fruit and I love that they're in season in the winter too.

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  2. I am a huge fan of "dress better, feel better"! Love all these little easy tips!!

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  3. Thanks for these tips! I had a particularly hard day of insecurities yesterday and this morning, so I'm glad to see these today. I agree that sometimes giving out the love you need is better than receiving it.

    Your hair is so very lovely! What do you do to style it that way?

    Julie
    heroinejones.blogspot.com

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  4. ok these pictures are seriously perfect. you look adorable.

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  5. You are too cute. Have fun at camp, girl! xo

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  6. This outfit is so cute. You look simply, effortless chic and put together.

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  7. When I was a kid, I remember sitting on the bus, and an older girl was really dressed up and I told her she looked nice. She said that she was sick, and when I said she didn't look sick, she said that was the point. She made a point to look good when she didn't feel it. That little pearl of wisdom has been one of my favorites in life. Look the way you want to feel. Act the way you want to be. It works!


    I love all three of these things. I would have never thought of 3, but it's so true. The delight of pulling back the skin of a piece of citrus and that little puff of juice that hits the air is amazing. The smell is so invigorating. I should find a citrus air freshener or something to help perk me up midday!


    One of the things I like to do when I'm in a bad mood is change my environment: run errands, go out to eat...usually by the time I get back, the movement, fresh air, and stimulation has brightened my mood and I'm able to return home or work without being overcome again. Stretching, taking some slow, cleansing breaths, and taking a moment to be mindful is also a power combo that I love for getting out of a funk or for cooling down an intense emotion. If all that fails, listening to my favorite song of the moment really loud as many times as it takes will get me through it.

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  8. Great tips - I practice #1. It also makes me feel better to wear jewelry given to me by friends or family - the sentimental attachment is a nice little boost throughout the day.

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  9. Thanks for the tips Nicole! I have totally been in a rut for quite some time now and doing something nice for someone else really does work. Starting to go to therapy has really been transforming for me in the past year as well... and continues to be so. We should get together for coffee next week. I'd love to just sit and chat with you. Been meaning to reach out for a long time. I'll email you! Have fun at CAMP. I'm sad to miss it this year.

    P.S. Love these photos. I'm a sucker for succulents and I really love Chelsea's work :)

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  10. Those three things are fantastic tips! I like to do something for someone when I'm feeling down too, even if it's something simple like holding the door for someone or picking up something that someone dropped. I'm not a fan of citrus colors, so for me it's all about purple! When I need to feel better sappy romances also work wonders! :)
    ~Sara

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  11. OH my goooddd you are amazing and I heart you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    www.theadoredlife.com

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  12. You always find the best locations to have photo shoots! I'm so jealous! Great suggestions... anything fluffy and comfy always makes me feel better and yes, herbs and citrus does make something switch on in your brain doesn't it?
    xoxo
    Taylor
    http://www.nothingbutapigeon.com/

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  13. First of all, I think you're one of the cutest people in the universe. These pictures are so cheerful, and I'm smitten with your outfit! It's absolutely something I would wear (I may borrow it...). I am totally with you about wearing something that makes you feel like a million bucks and sending some love to those around you. I've been doing a whole lot of the latter over the past month or so. It feels so wonderful to send some light and positivity to people in your life :) I also love to spend time with my dogs when I'm feeling down. They always, ALWAYS brighten my day! Snuggled between them in bed or on the couch and just petting them/talking to them/singing to them is so relaxing and my favorite way to unwind when I've had a stressful day.

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