Being Happy Is Hard?

Welcome back to my blog, I wanted to do a more advice type blog post today, I’ve always been told that I give good advice to people so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and feelings about how I stay happy.

I know that being happy can be hard, for various reasons such as mental health or you’re grieving from a loss, there are many reasons why you may not be feeling happy but I do believe we can help ourselves a little bit and contribute to making ourselves feel better.

I’ve had struggles in my life, just as everybody does, where I’ve found it really hard to pick myself back up and put a smile on my face, even if I really didn’t want to. However I’ve always found a way and I wanted to share some tips with you of how I’ve dealt with feeling unhappy in the past.

So my first tip, and some may not agree with this but that’s rightfully your opinion. However I’ve always found that if I can’t be happy for myself then be happy for somebody else, so for me this was my family, I’ve mentioned briefly about my illness but when I was going through that, it was probably the worst time of my life, but I always wanted to remain positive and have a smile on my face to ease the pain for my family and whilst at first this was fake happiness, it eventually turned into feeling real and I did become more positive because of this outlook.

Another thing I like to do when I’m unhappy is pick up a passion, so for me I love to write, I would just start writing random stories about anything and everything, and they wouldn’t be for anybody else’s eyes, only mine. It’s also fun to read them back after a few months and see how much my writing has improved.

Getting out for me is such a healer, even if it’s just a five minute walk to the local shops, the fresh air instantly makes me feel better. Obviously not everybody can bring themselves to leave the house, which is perfectly okay if you’re not ready but instead you could try sitting by your backdoor whilst it’s open or just simply opening your bedroom door to let in some air and hear the birds outside.

Spending time with friends, I’m lucky enough to have amazing friends, they’re always there for me and never fail to put a smile on my face, if I am feeling upset then spending time with them is a distraction for a few hours.

Obviously, there are so many ways you can make yourself feel better but I wanted to share with you some of the ways I help myself.

I really hope that this week for you is a good one.

Aimee 🙂

 

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Ljubljana

On our way to Ljubljana we stopped off at Lake Bled, which is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been too. It was so nice to be amongst nature since we had been in so many cities. It was also really nice to just chill for a bit and enjoy some of the sun and scenery rather than be constantly walking around a city. My photos really don’t do justice to the beauty of this place, but I didn’t think to take many since I wanted to enjoy the scenery for myself.

So after the little stop off at Lake Bled, we reached our destination; Ljubljana. We were only staying here for one night so had to make the most of it and we did. After changing in the hotel into some more suitable clothes, we went and found food right away

We enjoyed the most tasty burgers (I probably say this about every burger I eat but it’s because they’re my favourite thing ever!!) We also then found this ice cream place which sold so many different flavours, I opted to have a marshmallow flavoured one and it did not disappoint. Eating wise, Ljubljana was one of my favourite places for food, there were plenty of restaurants to choose from and all were priced well, so I’d 100% recommend visiting here, or at least if you’re doing some travelling and driving past just explore it for a few hours and grab some lunch.

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After we enjoyed the amazing food, we did some exploring, whilst it was getting dark we tried to take in as much of the small city as possible. In a way I wished we had more time here, I didn’t feel like I got to fully appreciate the city and it was so beautiful but maybe I’ll get a chance to go back there at some point.

When the dark skies finally rolled around, a group of us met up and explored the city by night together, although this exploring was quickly interrupted when we spotted a bar that was having a buy a cocktail get a free cocktail and of course we couldn’t resist.

After enjoying our drinks, we decided to go back to the hotel, I think the fact that everybody was super tired and that the air conditioning had broken meant everyone was a little delirious but it made for some funny memories.

And that concludes the few hours I spent in Ljubljana, a small but stunning city.

Thanks for reading,

Aimee 🙂

Budapest

When we reached Budapest, it was a bittersweet feeling in all honesty. I was so excited about being on this amazing trip but the homesickness feeling really did start to kick in. I think for me being stuck on a coach for so much of the trip really did grate on me, you had hours with nothing to do but think and sleeping was near impossible, it was so uncomfortable and then when you did drift off someone would start chatting loudly or we’d stop at a service station.

Nonetheless, I didn’t want these negative feelings to get in the way and knowing that after Budapest we would be on the last leg of the trip, I wanted to enjoy every moment. My Nan had raved about Budapest and about how amazingly beautiful it was. It truly was wonderful and the photos I took don’t do it justice at all. The architecture this city holds was the best of any of the cities we visited almost as if it’s straight from a fairytale.

 

After having a little sightseeing of the city, we were once again left to our own devices so that evening we went and found food, of course! We roamed around the streets surrounding our Hostel and even saw a man walking a ferret which was pretty cool. By the evening I think we all must’ve been a bit sleep deprived because my travel buddy and I decided it would be a fab idea to climb into a very unstable locker…and yes there is picture evidence… However it was a lovely evening as the four of us in the room just chilled out and laughed all evening.

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After we had rested up, the next day we had booked to do a walking tour, I loved doing walking tours during the trip as it was an amazing way of being able to see all the wonders a city had to offer as well as learning about all the history of the city. Budapest didn’t disappoint in the history department as our guide informed us all about it’s past like how Pest, Buda and Óbuda all unified to become Budapest in 1873. I would 100% recommend doing a tour if you ever visit Budapest as I didn’t know much about it’s history so it was definitely worth while. After the tour we were able to do whatever we wanted so once we felt as though we’d seen everything we found a cute little cocktail place and spent the majority of the late afternoon there enjoying great company and good drinks. I really think this was one of my favourite moments on the trip.

And that ladies and gents sums up my time in Budapest. Whilst it was a rocky start this beautiful city really turned things around and was possibly in my top 5 cities we visited.

I hope you come back to my next travel post where I write about my time in Ljubljana.

Until next time people,

Aimee 🙂