20 Quick Mood Boosters

Quick pick me ups Immy May

Down days, we all have ’em.

Maybe it’s that time of the month where you just feel slightly anxious and uneasy (F U hormones, ya pesky cretins), or maybe you had a bladdy rubbish day at werk, or maybe y’know you just aren’t feeling 100% at the mo.

We have a habit of putting SO much pressure on ourselves that when we have off days, we feel like we’ve failed. But it is completely normal, healthy in fact. Everyone needs TLC, like my G’ma always says, don’t burn the candle at both ends. So there, take some time out if you aren’t feeling top notch, you need it.

I’ve made up a list of 20 things that lift my mood (and I hope lift yours, too). Try and give them in no particular order. I guarantee you will feel like a lovely, sparkly version of you again in no time!

Immy May Mud Cafe Tooting


Bev of Choice

A warm mug of something comforting does wonders, so does a cool glass of something comforting (Prosecco – teehee). There is just a lovely feeling of tea / coffee that is soothing. The moment ya start feeling stressed, get up and make tea / head out to grab coffee. The mini break combined with a mug of something delicious will ease your mind.



If I find myself in some sorta creativity slump, reflection and perspective works a treat. You are never wasting time by browsing through old blog posts / work or photographs. Get inspired by the best version of you. Realise how bossin’ you actually are and how much you have achieved and grown. It is far too easy to forget all the small wins you have accomplished. U go gal.


Good, Hearty, Feel Good Grub

When I am having a down day, I feel pretty rubbish in myself over all. Full of cold, sluggish (great word) and just at around 35%.  Treat yourself to a corker of a homemade meal or take yourself for a sexy brunch (preferably the one below). Oh, and drink ALL the water. It is magic.



Make Plans With Pals / Fam

Give one of your best chums or family a call, catch up and make plans. Spending time with friends and family is one of the best remedies, so often we are wrapped up in our own worlds and forget our support network. If you haven’t spoken to your friends or family for a while, invite them round for dinner, head out for a stroll or grab some cocktails (if ya have some dollar) that’s what it’s all about.


Down Time With Books, Netflix, Disney and Documentaries, Just Coz

Stick on your PJ’s, pop your hair up and get completely stuck into something new. A book you’ve been meaning to read, a fresh series on Netflix, your fave Disney movie (ahem, Aladdin) or maybe a documentary. David Attenborough surely has the most soothing voice on the planet, no? Don’t worry if you aren’t being productive for a few hours, it is absolutely fine to do something that purely makes ya happy and content.


Be Completely In The Present

When trying to learn and appreciate the concept of mindfulness (lol), I learnt that whatever mood you find yourself in, to linger there just for a moment. Realise what it is that’s making you feel shoddy, then let it go. Simples. On your walk home appreciate your surroundings, look up, stop and watch the sunset, appreciate the sweeeet sweet smell of that curry house on the corner of your road. It is the little things.




This is one pretty obvious. People always ask if there’s times when I’m not smiling. There is, obvs when I am sleeping (now THAT would be weird) but it is rare. I love a grin, especially in London people don’t look too chirpy most of the time. When someone smiles back it makes my day, and knowing I might have made theirs makes me feel all warm n fuzzy inside. Also smiling is actually proven to make you feel happier, so there’s that.


Have an Old School Pamper Sesh

A touch of TLC is sometimes all a gal needs. Dedicate time (put it in your diary if you need to) for an evening at home and a full on session. cut, file and paint your nails, exfoliate, tan, deep condition your hair n maybe even pluck your eyebrows. It will make you feel sassy and like you are ready to go take over the world again. Glass of Prosecco compulsory.


Tidy & Organise

Tidiness does not come naturally to me. Matt has helped me with this over the years (as he has to share a room with me, lol) and it really has made a huge difference. Give your home a once over, hoover, dust and if ya fancy it, give your make up bag a clear out, wash your brushes and do all of those little things we (or just me) rarely do. Eweeeee.


Have an Adventure (even just to the park…)

Stop what you are doing and leaving the house / office for even just 10 mins is just what you really need. Head to the nearest park, discover a new gem round the corner, take ya dog for a longer walk than usual. If you don’t have a dog, take yourself for a walk. Maybe there’s a reason dogs are so content all the time.



Get Those Endorphin’s Flowing

These lovely little nuggets of happiness come in many forms. Chocolate, wine but also exercise. It can be almost impossible to motivate yourself to get up and go but it is SO worth it once you do. I find that even gentle exercise like yoga or pilates works like a dream for my mood. Dedicating one hour of your day to stretch your body and concentrate on your breathing will make you feel completely refreshed. A good album and a jog round the park is pretty good too.


A Mini Digital Detox

Yaaaaaaaaz we’ve heard it all before, but trust me. Although social media is great (espesh for business/blogging) it is equally bad for your soul. When you find yourself refreshing your feed every 3 minutes and quietly comparing yourself to the world and his dog, it is time for a break. Leave your phone in your bag, close your laptop and forget about it all for a while, it will still be there when ya get back.


Buy Flowers

Not sure what it is, but there is something about having a fresh vase of flowers in your home that makes me just feel good. It makes me feel like a young lass that has her sh*t together enough to buy freshly cut flowers, even if they are £1.80 from Lidl hehe. Also LOL how I manage to hold my brick of a phone whilst doing EVERYTHING. What’s that about?

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Sweet Stuff

Grab yourself a cheeky Lindt Excellence with a touch of sea salt on the way home, boil the kettle, put on your bed socks and just savor that creamy goodness. Sometimes you need chocolate, like actually really, really NEED it.


Get Some Hygge

I am planning a whole separate blog post on this dreamy concept, hygge is my new fave thang. It is basically cosy time with your favourite people. Putting on your comfiest clothes, switching on all the lamps / fairy lights, lighting all the candles and feeling nice n snug on a dark evening, ooooooh aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah sooo nice.


Treat Yo’Self

I know, when you are poor buying new things maybe isn’t the key to happiness *weeps*. But I’m not talkin’ bout new shoes / clothes / Diptique candle. More along the lines of a little nugget to brighten your day a tad. Maybe a autumnal lipstick, Lush bath bomb, sexy smelling hair mask, a sweet Anthropologie mug. Gwarrrn, you deserve it.


Fresh Bed Sheets, Fesh PJ’s & An Early Night

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Ghad damn sweet lawd, this has got to be one my fave pleasures in life. Fresh sheets, fluffy pillows, PJ’s on and ready to hop into bed at 9:30 PM. How things change ay? This is now my idea of HEAVEN.


Baking & TUNES

Put the day behind you, grab a few ingredients, pre-heat the oven and BAKE. Preferably today, just before GBBO so you have a plate of warm cookies you can devour whilst watching. Pop on your go to feel good album / playlist and get stuck in. The house smells of fresh baking, Mary Berry is on telly and suddenly all is well with the world.


Express Yo’ Self

Kinda what I am doing right now. Pouring myself into the keyboard is one of my favourite things to do. Not at all planned, no new pictures, just me and my thoughts straight to ya. If you ain’t into all that blog stuff, just write it down. Get a fresh note pad and write, put whatever you are feeling onto paper, it will take a weight off your shoulders.


Surround Yourself With Positive People

The people who know and love you the most, who inspire you and who lift you up to the best version of yourself. Keep them by your side, if they aren’t right there with you, give them a call. If they are down the road, pop down for a cuppa T. Separate yourself from people that don’t make you feel good, it ain’t worth it.


CORR blimey, I feel better already! I would love to hear your thoughts, how do you get through a down day?


As always, feel free to come and say ‘ello over on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin and Snapchat (immymay)

  • Ashley Christabelle

    When tea comes to the rescue after a shit day, everything feels so much better already! I love these tips you wrote, Immy. I had quite a shitty day, as I was a raging bitch to everyone (screw you Pre-PMS) and reading this just calms me down. :)


    • Truuuust, it really does doesn’t it! Something nice n warm is my favourite thing. Thank you so much Ash :) Sorry you had a shitty day, I hope you are feeling a bit better now? I know I have been the same, pre-PMS makes me so anxious, it is really odd! Bladdy hormones! Immy x

  • All about this post, I’ve been trying to spend some more time each day just for me and it’s having an amazing impact! Really want to see what all this Hygge business is all about too, I’m really intrigued! x


    • It does make such a difference, doesn’t it? Even just 30 minutes to just do something nice for yourself. Yes! I will get cracking, I am SO obsessed over the whole thing haha, such a Danish wannabe! Immy x

  • Kayleigh Tanner

    I love the way you write, your posts are always so funny! Can’t wait to see ya hygge post – will be keeping my peepers peeled for that one x


    • Thank you so much Kayleigh, that really means so much :) Hehe! I will pop one together hopefully next week, going to plan a cosy evening at home (then take aaaaaaaall the snaps) you have really inspired me! Immy x

  • Love these – I def agree with buying flowers – they always make me so happy!


    • Absolutely, it makes the house smell so glorious and makes me feel all Pinterest n sassy! I am yet to afford a massive bouquet of peonies for a flower market, Lidl will do for now hehe! Immy x

  • Ellie Adams

    Yes girl!! A big warm cuppa, all the food, hygge and chill out TV are my heroes for those hormonal af days!


    • Yessss Grey’s Anatomy and all the tea n choc. WISH that was what I was doing right now! Immy x

  • I have to do a digital detox! Tea is always a good pick me up beverage for me, easy to make and available almost everywhere. http://www.igaberry.com

    • You dooo! I need to do them more, SO refreshing and gives you a good perspective on things too. Tea is my ultimate soother, and hot choc. Mmmm. Immy x

  • I agree with every one of these happy things! This post actually made me feel better after tiring college days <3
    Thanks for sharing them + amazing photos! xx

    KayleeㅣJK’s Dawn

    • Ah yaaay that is really good to hear Julia :) I remember being SO tired after college, a lovely chill out sesh is just what you need. Thank you so much, and thank you for taking the time to say ello! Immy x

  • Love your tips, good food always makes me happy :)
    Nati xx

    • Thank you so much Nati :) Me too, can’t beat it! Immy x

  • Love this! Especially number 2 and 20 :) I also recently bought flowers for my room and it really makes a difference haha

    • Thank you so much! I really think number 2 is an important one, we always forget to do it as well! I know, it is so lovely isn’t it! I brought some hyacinths (they smell SO good) for my desk at work, but my colleague ended up being allergic to them haha! Doh! Immy x

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Such an uplifting post filled with great advice! I pinned this for whenever I’m having a “down day.” Disney movies always make me feel better too ;)

    Edye | gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

    • Thank you so much Edye, really glad you enjoyed it :) It is really good to just remind yourself of the points when you are having a down day, just a few of them can make all the difference. YAAAS Disney movies are the best! Immy x

  • missgetaway

    Love this. Such an uplifting list. Would be great to read through for when you’re having a shitty day!

    Love, Kerstin

    • Ah thank you so much Kerstin :) I love writing blog posts like this, so soothing and good to have when you are feeling rubbish! Thank you for stopping by lovely lady :) Immy x

  • Laura Torninoja

    I just love your pictures – so bright and colourful! :) x

    And I definitely agree with all of these, especially number 7. It just makes such a big difference! :)

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Thank you so much Laura :) Some of my favourite snaps in there! Yes, that to me is one of the most important one, just smiling makes me feel instantly better! Immy x

  • Laura

    I loved reading this :) I usually get through a day like this just starting doing something. I feel I sometimes I lack the motivation to do anything and already pushing myself to do something helps me get out of that kind of mindset x

    Pink Frenzy

    • :) that is such a good / very productive way to get out of the funk! Once I get myself focused on something, even the most simple of tasks can get me back on track again. Thank you for reading Laura :) Immy x

  • I love this – I am having ‘on of those’ days today, I’m feeling a little tetchy about certain things and cannot wait to get home, wrap up and light a candle or two – fresh scents are my thing when I need to chill!

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

    • Ahh man, I hope you are feeling better now? There is nothing better than arriving home, chucking down ya stuff and getting comfy, the stress of the day just melts away! I need to invest in some more candles! Immy x

  • 5, 8, 9, 13, and 15! All my go-tos! Especially organizing! I don’t know why this works SO well on me, but it does. Great list!


    • Thank you so much Kiersten! I know, once I get stuck into organising I literally cannot stop lol! By the way, I’ve been listening to your Autumn playlist non-stop, it is SO good! Immy x

  • Chocolate usually helps me through bad days ;)


    • Always! Chocolate gets me through most days teehee >:) Immy x

  • Bernadette

    A good coffee, good music, a comedy Tv show, Pj’s and my dog are usually the key to a good night. I always feel recharged the next day. Great post!


    • Uh yes that sounds so perfect! I miss my dog Bear so much, she is always so good at chilling me out haha! Thank you so much lovely lady, glad you enjoyed it! :) Immy x

  • Thanks for this! Really needed this today. It’s ok to feel down, we all need to remember that too!


    • Absolutely, it is so important to go with it and accept that it is just one of those days! My pleasure Caroline, s’all about spreading the positivity :) Immy x

  • Love this – being in the present is definitely what picks me up!

    Hannah | Oh January

    • Thank you Hannah :) Me too, I always forget to just stop and be in the present, isn’t that crazy?! Immy x

  • Morgan Miller

    Your photographs are so beautiful! Can’t get over them ahhh xx
    My blog: http://www.justmorgs.com

    • Heheee thank you Morgan! They are some of my absolute faves, most taken by my bro Oscar funnily enough (profesh photographer haha!) Thank you for stopping by :) Immy x

  • Hayley Rubery

    Babes I LOVE this post – I think you’ve covered pretty much everything to make you feel better! I always surround myself with friends and family, run a nice hot bubble bath and a good ol’ pamper and also I find getting offline and going for a long walk really helps to clear my mind and life my mood! Fab post lady! P.s Aint NOTHING better than fresh bed sheets & clean jammies! <3

    Hayley xo

    • Ayyyyy thank you so much chick! Oooh yes long walks followed by a hot bath and pamper THEN fresh jammies and bed sheets! Oooft. Immy x

  • Erin Russell

    I love love love this post. I love watching TV with a tub of ben and jerry’s or going to the beach. That’s my favourites anyway :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Ooooo thank you Erin! Ben & Jerry’s always just bring it to another level! I miss the beach so much here in London, it used to be my happy place back home on the Isle of Wight (it still is!) Immy x

  • Jesus, that’s a good list! No idea how you came up with so many but this is so useful, I love it!! Definitely needing some of these right now, feeling a bit under the weather and stressed so lots of pampering time coming up :D xxx
    Lucy @ la-lingua.co.uk

    • Why thaaanks Lucy! I was having such an off day (blaming the hormones haha!) and just spent a few hours thinking of all the things that make me feel better, I felt like a new woman after aha! Oooh chick, hope you feel better soon – the pamper will do wonders! Immy x

  • Love love LOVE this post Immy! And you caught me in a right hormonal moment (which never happens, like yourself I’m smiley 95% of the time)
    Agree with all of the above, for me ringing my mum is my therapy and truly is the best remedy! Pamper evening YES! I’m still a little confused of what a hygge is???
    Thanks for the uplifting post
    Betty x

    The Betty Stamp

    • Thank you so much Betty! :) SO glad it came at the right time too, sometimes you just need a little reminder that hormonal days are OK and ya just need to roll with em’ (with chocolate in one hand, tea in the other!) Ah absolutely, my mum is my remedy too! Nothing better than a long phone call :) Aaaah I will try and get a post up all about it next week – you will LOVE it, it pretty much stands for cosy time with family / friends surrounded by all the candles, fairy lights and good grub! Immy x

  • Love this! So so true :)

    • Thank you Laura! SO nice to meet you last night, my head is sliiiggghtly sore today! No regrets tho >:) Immy x

  • Yes to every single one of these! x

    • Aaaaah thank you Amanda! Such simple little things, it can be easy to forget! Thank you for stopping by :) Immy x

  • This is such a fab list! I always find that I seem to have more off days in the winter months- think it’s the rain and it being dark when you get up & when you get home! I will definitely be coming back to this post when the next one hits!


  • These are all SUCH great tips! :) :) Loved reading x