We all have our blue days when nothing seems to bring any joy and it looks like life will never get any better. While it can healthy to let down your guard from time and time and have a good cry, there’s no need to wallow in self-pity and allow the sadness to consume you. This compilation of activities, including cooking and eating delicious food, can help you get away from sad thoughts and find the bright side of life again.
Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that are proven to help with depressing thoughts and improve your overall health. And sweets help release endorphins, the hormones of happiness like dopamine and serotonin, which will definitely lift your mood up. So combine two of these remedies and make a peach cobbler with cake mix. It uses a boxed cake for a quicker and more convenient result but it doesn’t really affect the final taste of the dessert. And you only need three more ingredients to have this summer treat! You can use only a quarter of the recipe for an individual cobbler in a small ramekin.
Put sliced peaches on the bottom of the pan. Combine the cake mix with melted butter and sprinkle it on the peaches. Top with chopped or slivered almonds and bake for 45 minutes. Enjoy with some vanilla ice cream.
Taking a bath is always connected in our minds to leisure and relaxation, all thanks to the media. But it is a very serene activity that can help you calm down your nerves and forget about your problems. Listen to some spa music, light scented candles and let the hot water wash away your worries.
If you’re someone who has to keep busy to get away from depressing thoughts, making a long, elaborate meal with multiple courses can be a good option. If you’re a really terrible cook and you don’t have any faith in your cooking abilities, dressing up and going to the restaurant is also a possibility. But I’d recommend trying to cook for yourself if you at least can make something without burning your house down. Choose some simple or complicated meals, depending on your confidence. Find a cute apron, put some makeup on and get to work! Start with some canapés as an appetizer, for example. Or you can use this recipe for an easy chicken salad. As the name suggests, it’s very easy to prepare. Simply mix chopped cooked chicken breast, mayo, chopped celery, lemon juice and spices in a bowl and refrigerate for an hour. Then you can get as creative with serving as you want! Maybe bake some salmon for the main course and use the peach cobbler recipe as a dessert option. It’s your feast, do as you wish. While going around the kitchen, you may really forget why you were sad in the first place.
Writing real letters is pretty much a practice of the past. But you can write an imaginary letter or an e-mail to someone you’ve been meaning to talk to. It will surely keep your brain busy!
Organizing is something we keep meaning to do but never have the time for. So try actually going through your living space, including the pantry. You may find some interesting things there, maybe even the ingredients for the world’s best lasagna? It’s pretty much the regular meat lasagna, just with more flavor and ingredients. For example, it uses tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste for the sauce. But it’s definitely all worth it in the end.
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