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This Plus That Equals…. Cheering Myself Up

This plus that equals…. cheering myself up

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about the little things I do to cheer myself up.

I’ve been a little overwhelmed of late, spreading myself too thinly, taking on too much. The school holidays are looming, L hasn’t been sleeping well, I am stressed, husb is stressed and it’s taken its toll. So I thought I’d share the little everyday things that have been cheering me up.

Silent Sunday


I don’t really care in what form. Melted is best. Additional garlic is nice. But I’ll take it as it comes. It’s comforting and makes me happy. On its own, with crackers, as part of a recipe, cheese and potato pie is one of my faves!

There is potential last week that I bought a Camembert to cheer me up at lunch time and shared a bit of it with James the cat to cheer him up as well.

That is literally what my life has come to. Lunch with a cat!

Feeling Calm
Dance time


I love a bit of music to lift my mood. Something loud, often a bit angry, always amazing. We’ve started going to gigs again which is great and I cannot wait to see Halestorm in November. But until then I’ll just turn the volume up at home and in the car.

I don’t spend much money on myself but my Google Music subscription is worth every single penny, I pay for the family plan so we can all listen to exactly what we want.

Bring Me the Horizon, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco are working wonders at the moment.

My journals
I write in my journals every day


I’m still writing in my journal daily. Focusing on the happy things from each day.

For me that is the best bit about keeping a gratitude journal. Even when I have had rough day I can still find 3 goods things from it. Even if eating cheese with the cat and hanging the washing out on the line outside are two of them!

Nothing cheers me up as much as actually focusing on what made me happy.

I also have a craft journal which is great for making me focus on something relaxing and creative, a daily planner which also has a gratitude element and my diary with weekly and monthly plans which help me greatly.

Feeling calm

Mummy and son time

Spending time with L really does cheer me up, don;t get me wrong, I don’t ever want to burden him with the responsibility for my happiness but just being with him lifts my mood without him even knowing.

His happiness is infectious, so why wouldn’t I make the most of such a wonderful natural resource? If only I could bottle the happiness I would be away.

A cuddle on the sofa, playing with him at the park or just a nice walk together. He is guaranteed to do something that will have me in stitches or is just too adorable for words.

Feeling Calm
Such a lovely walk

Being Outside

Even 5 minutes outside will see the stress drifting away.

I can feel my mood lifting the second I get outside. Rain or shine I don’t care. Walking, playing or working. Doesn’t bother me.

Hanging the washing on the line genuinely makes me happy. Running through the rain is a joy. Just being outdoors does the trick for me.

This is why I like to walk, a good long walk after the school drop off sets me up for the day.

What little things cheer you up?

Finally, I’m linking up with #TwinklyTuesday and #StayClassyMama

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22 thoughts on “This Plus That Equals…. Cheering Myself Up”

  1. As a vegan, cheese is the one thing that I am missing like crazy as the dairy free alternatives do not melt or tatse the same, bleugh! I am hoping to get a rhythm going with my crafting again as I haven’t had ANY time at all due to work recently. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

    1. Cheese is the only thing that stops me being vegan if I’m honest. I’m pescatarian but could give up the fish in a heartbeat and milk, butter, all of that has decent alternatives.

  2. Being outside is definitely a mood lifter, and I’m right with you for the cheese binge! Hopefully you’re both a little less stressed this week? #TwinklyTuesday

    1. My husband whisked me off for a little weekend away as he could see I was close to breaking bless him and there was lots of walking and lots of cheese. It’s worked wonders and I’m feeling far more like my usual self thank you xx

  3. Chocolate! Always chocolate will cheer me up, but a snuggle with the little girl. Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofblog

  4. I needed this reminder that little things can make a big difference in how you feel when things are not all going right. I think I need to go invest in some cheese.

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