It's that time of the year - you've filed your taxes, gotten over the excitement of a new year, fashion weeks are over, and let's face it, there's not exactly a lot to look forward to. You're in a not-here-not-there slump and you're trying hard not to be in a slump. You're very close to getting burnt out, you're dragging your feet to work but you're trying not to, you're hitting the gym without a goal to work towards, it's just a big fat downer. Here are 10 ways to get perky again. 10. Buy a Cute Dress
I know shopping seems to be my answer for the biggest mysteries in life, but I swear to God, buying something new helps lift your spirits, especially if you're a fan of dressing up. I wish I had $325 to spare.
9. Book a Vacay, and then Work Your Booty Off for it!
If you're on an exercise slump and you need something to work out for, book yourself a beach vacation - whether it's with a bunch of girlfriends, alone or with a lovah, the thought of having to traipse around a beach in your bathers is good enough a motivation to kick your own ass at kick-boxing class, ainnit?
There is nothing some sleep can't cure. In fact, sleep strengthens memory and extracts information from within the day and sleep actually "extracts the meaning of your day": on some experiments people do a task better after going to sleep as the brain categorises the information of the day. So some sleepy time may be good for you when you're feeling like death ran over twice.
7. Rock Out with Your C*ck Out
It is the time of the year again when I start seething with jealousy - halfway across the world, Coachella will kick off in four days whilst I will be twiddling my thumbs and tearing out my hair at my mountain of work. I detest house music and it seems to be the only thing places in Singapore play these days, so I've resorted to having a party in my
pants head. I've downloaded a good dose of '90s hip hop and R&B and I've been putting them on repeat. The next songs on my playlist?
6. Get Involved.
Whether it's a charity, a non-governmental organisation, a sports team or even an online forum or community. The point is to quit thinking about the things in your life that may suck and focus your energy on creating new relationships, learning new things and picking up a skill or two. I'm all kinds of obsessed with Clozette, and it may just be the place for you to kick your slump and kick off new photo-taking habits!
5. Get Your Beauty Groove On
Get a new haircut, try out a wicked manicure or pick up a new scent [just like the lovely Renee did!]. In case you were wondering, my beauty must-haves are Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips [that I use all the time!] and my latest discovery, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock - SPF 100 and sheer! I have died and gone to sunscreen heaven.
4. Pack Up & Leave
Also my cure for anything - pack up and leave for a trip. So easy to do when you're young and without kids or a family to think about - helps that it's crazy cheap to go to places within Southeast Asia. That said, I'm running out of places in the world to go that I have friends I can see; I usually get out of the country over my birthday in late June. I think it's the best way to celebrate my birthday - doing the one thing I couldn't possibly live without, but I have no bloody idea where to go. What a conundrum.
3. Snog Someone.
2. Surprise Someone.
I love buying people I love gifts randomly. It makes me happy surprising someone with a cute little hair barrette, a box of chocolates or even a fresh cup of coffee. It's pretty awesome.
1. Change Something
Most of us are not fond of change, and for good reason. We're so caught up and comfortable in the lives we've built even if parts of it are downright frustrating, it's so hard to pull yourself out of the hole you've dug for yourself and try something new. But it's time you made the effort - if you've been complaining about your job, quit it and find a new one, or talk to your boss about what can be done differently, if you're not happy with your relationship, talk to your significant other, if you constantly complain about how fat you've become, watch your diet and hit the gym! Change is a constant thing - embrace it.