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Bad Weather blues?

Bad Weather blues?

The weather is weird at the moment isn’t it? Or is that just me being too polite? The weather is atrocious and it’s bringing me down. After the appalling summer we had last year it seems only fair that we have a brilliant summer this year. Sadly that doesn’t appear to be on the cards. As I sit here typing this, my garden is looking luscious and green and very wet, and the wind is howling so hard that the wind chime I have hanging from a tree is looking seriously worried and hanging on to its branch for dear life.

The thing about being British is that we are a bit obsessed by the weather, mainly because we have so much of it that is awful, I think. If, as a nation, we are suddenly suffering from high levels of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is it any wonder we’re miserable? We don’t see enough light and sunshine to cheer ourselves up.

So I’ve put together some tips to cheer ourselves up here. Just for fun and to see us through until the weather improves … if it improves… no it will improve! Of course it will. It has to!

1. Decide to do something ‘fun’.
Obviously this depends what ‘fun’ means to you, but assuming you’re not a serial killer and you don’t like to pull the wings off insects, get out the local paper and see what mischief you can get up to. Car boot? Local football match? Is there a fete or something going on? Plan to go and support it. Maybe visit a comedy club or take a salsa class. Do something you haven’t done before. Don’t forget to take some business cards with you and surreptitiously hand them out or stick them to noticeboards.

Karl had a misplaced sense of his own tidiness

Karl had a misplaced sense of his own tidiness

2. Surprise yourself with your creativity
You can do anything you choose: paint the house, paint a picture, make some paper mache, buy a ukulele and have a go on that; hire a saxophone and try and play it. Make a collage or do something with photo shop. In fact go for a walk and take some photos and then photo shop them into something entirely different. It doesn’t matter whether you are great at it or not because just doing it will cheer you up. No-one else needs to know. It can be our dirty little secret!

3. Get some fresh air
So you’re feeling down? Don’t fret. Just getting out and about can really help to lift your mood. Try and get somewhere that is green and natural. If you’re in a busy town or city, opt for the park or a churchyard. It’s likely to be peaceful and green is very calming. If you live rurally, get out and fly a kite or take a long walk. Fresh air does wonders for your body and spirit. Just remember to take your brolly and mac.

A very British picnic

A very British picnic

4. Plan a picnic
Invite some friends and ask everyone to bring some food and drink and games to play. Take some rugs and umbrellas and have a picnic come rain or shine. If you have very adventurous friends, organise a themed picnic and get them to come as their favourite detectives or 1980s rock stars. We’re British! We can do it.

5. Do Something That Scares You
Yes, do something that scares you. That may be having a picnic in a public place while wearing a Hawaiian shirt of course, or it may be having a conversation with a random member of the public while you’re waiting for the cashpoint. Perhaps it’s heights, or a ride at Alton Towers. Whatever it is, give it a go because fear actually energises you and you’ll feel like you’ve achieved something, no matter how small.

6. I can hear music
Put your favourite music on and sing, sing, sing! This is a great one to do when you’re alone in the car because on the motorway, no-one can hear you sing! Bellow out a bit of Whitney, warble like Jessie J, or belly dance with Shakira. Go for it. You only live once.

7. Move things around
Bizarrely, just changing a room around can really have a great effect on your mood. Change the furniture around in the living room, take down pictures and put new ones up. Clear out the clutter and redecorate. Clean and tidy. Be ruthless. Take stuff you don’t want to the charity shop.

Brace yourself. This IS scary!

Brace yourself. This IS scary!

8. Take care of you
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, take some time out for yourself, for a haircut or a massage or if you can reach to it, a day at a spa. If you can’t afford either the time or the money to ‘officially’ pamper yourself, no problem, turn your bathroom into a luxury spa with candles and wine. If you’re a gent why not have a sponsored body wax and give the proceeds to charity? Link it with your business and get the local press to cover the story. It won’t be much fun at the time but oh boy, think how good you’ll feel when it’s all over!

9. Make a new business decision
This may go hand in hand with number 5. If you’ve been umming and ahhing for a while about a new line you want to stock or a new way of marketing yourself, why not give it a go. Set a limit to the money you can afford and then try it out. Failing that, set yourself a target to make twenty customers really happy and find ways to do just that. Personal business challenges are a great way to move forward and cheer yourself up.

10. It’s good to talk!
Head on over to Boffer and chat to someone! http://www.boffer.co.uk/forum/

Does this help? Well it’s cheered me up. Let me know what sort of things cheer you up. Is there anything within business that really makes you smile? Does this blog? I hope it does!

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