☯ tips to boost mental health ☯

Untitled-1

I’m really sorry for not posting lately, but I thought I just needed to take a small break from this blog because I haven’t felt quite right. I’m presuming it’s because of the changing seasons, but here are some tips I thought that might help to make you feel better, if you’re just down in the dumps or maybe just having an off day. 

  • Understand that it’s okay to have bad days. It’s not your fault that you just woke up and the day just didn’t feel positive and happy. Everyone has off days, and the people around you will understand. It may be reasonable to have a few bad days, but remember to pick yourself up when you need it. Carpe diem; seize the day! Don’t be afraid.
  • Break your routine once in a while. Have a different routine out of the blue. If it you’re in the mood, do something that you don’t do everyday. Then you’ll look forward to that special thing in your day which will keep you going. A few examples are maybe going to a concert, getting food with your friends; whatever that you want to do that will make your day a little better.  
  • Listen to some upbeat music. Listening to happy bright music will make you feel better, so instead of wallowing in some sad ballads, put on some upbeat songs to lift your mood. I recommend “Beat Connection” by Saola (ODEZA Remix) which I’ve mentioned in a few of my previous song recommendations and “Groove” by Jack and Jack. Also, I thought the mainstream pop songs were also be a great pick-me-up like “Bang Bang” by Ariana Grande and “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.  
  • Light a scented candle. You can easily buy a scented candle anywhere, but you should buy a candle with a calming scent that you like. Even though I haven’t had the time to buy a Yankee candle, I plan to buy one with an autumn scent like Vanilla Bourbon or Sugar & Spice, and then light it when I’m feeling stressed out. Having the smell fill the room would just make things feel more calming.
  • Distract yourself. Coming back from school or work may feel stressful, so definitely spending a half hour or so watching your favorite television shows to take the stress off is usually healthy. I’m definitely an addict when it comes to watching television shows, and I find that watching my favorite Korean and American shows is a really good distraction.
  • Take a break and sleep. Maybe you’re cranky and having a bad day because of a lack of sleep. Definitely catch up on some more sleep. If you need to wake up from your nap, make sure to wake up in 90 minutes, as it’s considered the ideal length of a power nap.

I hope these were some tips that will help with lifting your mood and just making you feel better in general. Mental health is really important, so please make sure to take care of yourselves! Ultimately, just do what makes you feel better. If you have any other tips that you use to boost mental health that I didn’t mention, leave it in the comments below for others to have some more advice when dealing with bad days.  

Untitled-2

☆ playlist: summertime sadness ☆

Untitled-1

Since summer is starting to fade, I decided to find a few songs that could help cure that summertime sadness to get ready for autumn. 

  • For You (Bearcubs Remix) – Gavin James

I was first introduced to Gavin James when I went to Tori Kelly’s concert where he was the opening act. By the way, Tori Kelly is another great artist to check out too. Because his music was really good, I remembered to check if he had any music on Soundcloud, which is basically my go-to website and app to listen and find music. One of his songs that I found was “For You”. I absolutely love this remix for a sad song which really gives off the bittersweet summer vibes.

  • Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood (Cover) – Alessia Cara

This song is basically about awaiting the colder months and starting to wear sweaters as the nights get longer. With Alessia’s voice, she gives the song just that unique tone. I am so in love with this because it’s a really great cover with simply a great voice and an acoustic sound. Alessia Cara is definitely an artist that I love right now, so you’ll probably see more posts mentioning her but she’s definitely worth checking out.

  • Body Gold (Louis the Child Remix) – Oh Wonder

I absolutely adore this remix, I’m not even kidding. The song starts slow but then it eventually builds up to the remix part of the song and it sounds divine. I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it. The beats are amazing and the end just leaves you wanting more. Oh Wonder has been releasing songs once a month for a year, so definitely check out the rest of the songs they have here.

  • Runaway (Dillon Francis Remix) – Galantis

Just like the song title, I’m pretty sure many of us are dreading back-to-school season and the colder days, so I think this song is a great song to exercise to! It’s also perfect for remembering the summer mood, and the beat of the remix is just amazing.

  • Uma Thurman (Wiz Khalifa Boys of Zummer Remix) – Galantis

I think most people have heard of Fall Out Boy because of their most popular songs recently, but I must admit that I don’t listen to most of their songs even though I do have friends who are fanatical about them. This song just came up and since most of the songs on this post are a bit sad and bittersweet, I decided to throw in this kind-of motivational and catchy song. I will admit that there are parts of this song that slightly sounds irritating, but it definitely grew on me. The Wiz Khalifa rap makes the song much better.

Here are five songs to get ready for the summer transition into autumn. I hope you’ve discovered new songs from this post and do comment if you like any of them or you have your own music recommendations to get ready for autumn!Untitled-2