Hello and how on earth are you, dear reader?
Back in February I wrote this blog post about how to beat the winter blues, and it occurred to me the other day that the end of summer needs some similar attention. Like Sandy and Danny at the beginning of Grease (excuse me, but even if they hadn’t seen each other, they would definitely have heard each other singing about their summer of love), we can all get a bit blue about the end of summer. I don’t know whether it’s the weird weather or extracting ourselves from the Edinburgh Fringe bubble, but there’s a definite back-to-school, oh-God-do-we-have-to, I-hate-my-alarm-clock-why-is-it-such-a-bastard sort of mood going on in my social circle at the moment.
So, in the spirit of cheering you up at the end of what I hope has been a spectacular summer, here are a few little things we can all do to put ourselves back in a sunshiney mood:
1) Dance around your living room
Stick on a song that makes you happy and just have a boogie. Look like an idiot. Throw your back out if you have to. You ARE the dancing queen (or king). My personal recommendations for feel-good tunes include Classic and When Can I See You Again. And Dancing Queen, obviously.
2) Book something
Organise a coffee date with a friend, or a real date with someone you fancy. Book that trip you and your mates keep talking about. Splash out on theatre tickets. Basically, pick something that would make you happy and make it happen soon.
3) Challenge yourself
Get cracking on something that’s been lingering on your “I could probably do that” list. For example, my next challenge is going to be writing a radio play. I have no idea how to do that, but I’m going to find out. Whether it’s something a bit grown-up liking saving up for a house deposit, or something a bit crazy like climbing a mountain, use this time to rise to a challenge.
4) Find the funny
Look up silly jokes, or go and see a comedian you’ve never heard of. Watch a classic comedy film. Let your friends drag you to an open mic night. As the late, great Charlie Chaplin once said, “a day without laughter is a day wasted”.
5) Spruce up
Look your best. Not because you’re not perfect the way you are, but because it will make you feel more confident. Dress up for your next night out. Wear your favourite pair of shoes tomorrow. The world deserves to see you looking happy and brim full of self-esteem because, after all, whose day would not be brightened by seeing you looking fabulous?