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What is Your Most Inexpensive Pick Me Up?

I have a lot of friends that get depressed during the winter time and although the weather on the east coast has been mild this year I still know a few folks who are down in the dumps.

I know some women cheer themselves up with a day at the spa, but when I’m feeling blue I have one tried and true pick me up that always makes me feel better. I paint my toenails. I buy a special brand of polish that’s made without toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

The bottles typically cost about $8, which is nearly twice as much as the brands you can buy at the drugstore, but I wait for good sales and then stock up. I recently bought two bottles for just the price of shipping.

Nail polish became my pick me up when I was sick a few years back and couldn’t do much other than lay around in bed. Now that little bottle of bright pink, purple or red paint can cheer me up on the darkest of days.

I know a lot of women shop when they’re feeling down. Yesterday I took my son to the mall in search of gifts for an upcoming baby shower. As I was checking out the cashier told me that she meets a lot of depressed women who return to her shop multiple times per week.

I can completely understand the desire to shop to block out pain. A few years ago I used shopping as a means to alleviate my stress. For some reason the store was a place that allowed me to escape my worries at a time when nothing else seemed to ease them.

These days I feel much happier than I have in a long time. In fact, despite the sleepless nights, the pregnancy and subsequent birth of my child has done more for me emotionally than I ever thought possible. I like to tell my husband I now have ‘happy’ hormones floating around in my blood.

If I am feeling out of sorts, not myself or just plain down in the dumps I no longer head to the mall. I lace up my sneakers and go for a walk outside or I open my blog or journal and type out my thoughts.

What about you? What is your most inexpensive pick me up? How do you cheer yourself up when you’re feeling gloomy?

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Sunday 26th of February 2012

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Tuesday 21st of February 2012

My favorite low-cost pick me up is to go shopping for used books. Doesn't sound all that frugal on the face of it but scouring thrift stores and used book stores for one or two decent books makes me pretty happy. Of course, this is if you can keep your spending under control but a couple of used book (esp paperbacks) shouldn't set you back more than $5 at most.


Monday 6th of February 2012

I grab either a latte or a fresh juice. Both are "splurges" that really pick me up. It's the simple things...


Sunday 5th of February 2012

It always cheers me to go to the public library.. I love the sense of community there and walking through the stacks gives me a wonderful feeling... yoga is my other go-to... doing even five minutes of stretching feels lovely and rejuvenating.. Thanks for the reminder about life's simple pleasures :)

Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents

Sunday 5th of February 2012

My pick me up is usually just going to get a smoothie, wonderful and cheap