23 Things You Can Do For Free To Cheer You Up

"I'm feeling blue."
"Let's go shopping."

We've become so used to spending money whenever we want to cheer ourselves up, but did you know there are plenty of things you can do to make yourself happy again, without spending a single penny?

Here are 23 things that I think would cheer you up, and they don't cost anything:
  1. Change bed sheets. Freshly washed bed sheets smell lovely and the change will instantly uplift your mood.
  2. Rearrange the furniture in your room. Move the table to another corner, push the bed onto another wall. If your room is too small to do this, make a few changes like rearranging the items on your shelves. Making these small changes will cheer you up and get blocked creativity to flow again.
  3. Do an elaborate hair-do, even if you're home in your pj's. Look up a nice hairstyle online that can be done without too much fuss and hair products, and then set your hair that way. It might be a ponytail, an elaborate bun or even a simple side-braid. Do something you've never done before. Walk around the house like that and you'll smile at yourself every time you look in the mirror.
  4. Play board games. Get a family member or friend and play board games with them. It's the cheapest, easiest way to have fun and pass the time. 
  5. Make yourself a cup of tea. If you're alone, make yourself a nice cup of your favourite tea, in the prettiest mug you have. Sit down, sip slowww.
  6. Go for a long drive. Get in your car and go for a long drive around town. Go on roads you've never been on before.
  7. Dance. Put on your favourite music and shake that booty. 
  8. Go see a baby. Have a cute niece/ nephew? Or a friend's toddler? Ask them to bring them over or go visit. Or offer to take the baby out. A cute, happy baby is always a pick-me-up {pun intended}.
  9. Bake. Bake a cake. Or cookies. And don't share.
  10. Pot a plant. Take a few seeds and pot them. If you don't have a pot, take cotton, line it at the bottom of a plastic container, and sprinkle a few seeds. Keep near sunlight.
  11. Draw. It doesn't matter if you're not a good artist. Grab some paper and pencils and draw. Let your emotions flow on paper.
  12. Call a friend. If you can't call, text. If you can't text, mail.
  13. Write a love letter to yourself. Write a long letter to yourself telling you how much you love you and why. After you're done, wrap with a pretty ribbon, spray some perfume and keep it in a special place in your closet. The next time you're down take it out and read.
  14. Watch a feel-good movie. Find an old DVD or if you're like me, you have movies saved on your laptop. Make sure it has a happy ending and you have chocolate.
  15. Clean out your closet. You never know what you might find. 
  16. Sing. Pick an uplifting song and sing along to it. Loudly. One of my favourites is this one.
  17. Exercise. Instead of always feeling guilty that you haven't exercised, if you have fifteen minutes, roll out your yoga mat. Exercise releases endorphins in your system, making you feel better about yourself.
  18. Cook a delicious meal with your friends or family. It does not have to be a six course affair. Anything simple will do. 
  19. Wear that new outfit you were saving up for an occasion. You waking up every day is enough occasion to celebrate.
  20. Compliment someone who you really admire or whose outfit/ jewellery/ bag you adore. It will make you happy when you see their smile. 
  21. Plan your next vacation.
  22. Nosh on your favourite comfort food (but don't binge!).
  23. Dress up in your favourite colour- if it's head to toe pink, do it!
 So there you have it. 23 things you can do to cheer you up, for free! What more can YOU add to the list? Leave a comment below! xxx

Shabana Feroze

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