56 Lists To Make When You Are Feeling Down

One of the best ways for me to deal with stress is to write.
When I write, I change my line of thoughts. For example, when I write fiction I simply imagine new scenarios in my head, whereas when I write in my journal I focus on the positive and go from one memory to another.

These small writing exercises make me feel good and help me to relax, especially after a stressful day.

It inspired me to create an exercise for you to use when you are feeling down.

In this blog post, you will find a list of 56 lists to make when you are feeling stressed or depressed.

They will help you focus on the positives in your life and dream of a better future!


  1. Favorite memories
  2. Your best qualities
  3. Best days you’ve lived
  4. Compliments you’ve received
  5. What you like the most about yourself
  6. Your most precious possessions
  7. Bucket list of things to do
  8. Things that make you happy
  9. Positive adjectives to describe yourself
  10. Your values
  11. Favorite ways to relax
  12. Fun things to do at home


  1. People you love
  2. People loving you
  3. How you met your favorite people
  4. People you would like to meet
  5. What you like to do with your friends
  6. What you like to do with your family
  7. People you would like to reconnect with
  8. Things you would like to do with your friends & family
  9. People who inspire you
  10. Every friend you ever made
  11. People who have positively influenced you
  12. Gift ideas for your favorite people
  13. Everything you love about your partner
  14. People you want to send a thank you note to
  15. Date night ideas


  1. Things that you are grateful for
  2. Things you are proud of
  3. The scariest things you’ve done
  4. Dreams that became reality
  5. Biggest accomplishments
  6. Ways to celebrate your wins
  7. All the things you are good at


  1. Life goals
  2. Countries you would like to visit
  3. Things you would like to do
  4. Stories you would like to write about
  5. Adventures you would like to live
  6. Dreams for the future
  7. Where you would like to live
  8. What you will be doing in the next few years
  9. Things you would like to get
  10. Skills you would like to learn
  11. Wish list


  1. Favorite songs
  2. Funniest jokes
  3. Favorite movies
  4. Favorite TV shows
  5. Favorite books
  6. Favorite places
  7. Favorite food
  8. Favorite restaurants
  9. Favorite parks in town
  10. Favorite quotes
  11. Favorite podcasts



If you do go ahead + make these lists be sure to tag #discoveringyourhappiness so I can see 🙂


Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

Self Care Challenge Day 15: Bucket List

21 Day Self Care Challenge Day Fifteen
Hey lovely person!

Today we are going to look at the bigger picture, and do something that can literally change the course of your life.


Today, we’re making a bucket list.


What’s on a bucket list? Pretty much anything you want to do in life. Some of your items may be related to your career, for example, such as earning a certain amount of money in a year or reaching a desired level in a business. Maybe you want to build your own company or manufacture and sell your crafty well thought out invention that will change the world.

Bucket lists can also contain personal objectives. Do you want to run a full marathon or compete in a body-taxing event like a Tough Mudder? Maybe you’ve set your mind on getting up enough nerve to finally jump from a plane (tandem of course) or perhaps there’s a famous hair stylist that you’d love to have do your hair just once.

Whatever it is that you want most in life, there are some clear advantages to writing them down in a bucket list. What are these benefits? So glad you asked.

Benefit #1: It’s motivating

Attractive young student planning ahead.

When you do the same thing day in and day out, life can get old. You start to just go through the motions where you aren’t really living; it’s more like you’re just surviving.

But, when you have a list in front of you of all the things you want to do between now and the day you die (which is hopefully a long way down the road), it can help motivate you to get those things done.

It creates an excitement deep in your soul. It grabs the passion you thought you’d lost and brings it back to the surface with renewed vigor.


Benefit #2: It keeps you moving forward

Having a well thought out list of everything you want to do helps to keep you advancing in life. It reminds you that you have unmet goals and unrealized dreams. It nudges you forward so that you continue to take steps in the right direction.

It’s kind of like a futuristic magnet that draws you forward. It compels you to not just sit on your behind and watch the world pass you by. Essentially, it drives you to take an active role in your life and become the person you desire to be.


Benefit #3: It forces you to really look at what you want

One of the major benefits of creating a list like this is that it gets you in touch with what you really want out of life. It forces you to sit down and take stock of where you are and where you want to be.

It also helps you realize what may be missing from your existence right now. Perhaps there is an area in which you lack that will be brought to the forefront when you do this exercise. If this is the case, it allows you to change your life’s path if need be to keep you in line with your goals and dreams.

Benefit #4: It increases the likelihood that you will be successful

Just the mere fact that you are committing your goals or dreams to paper increases the likelihood that they’ll be met. It has been proven time and time again through various studies and research projects.

When you take something that is nothing more than a tangible idea and reduce it to black and white, it suddenly becomes a reality. It’s given a greater importance in your mind’s eye and you’re more likely to make it happen than if you just leave it up in thin air.


Benefit #5: It bolsters your creativity

Sometimes you can look at an item that you’ve placed on your list and think, “How am I ever going to achieve that?” Maybe it’s something that seems so big and undoable that you question if you’re slightly crazy to even attempt it.

Put yourself in this position and you may have to become very creative to be able to cross that item off your list. If it involves needing more financial resources, you may come up with some out-of-the-box (but legal) ways to increase your income. Or, if you can’t see a straight path from where you are now to where you want to be, you may have to create a plan that includes some unexpected (but interesting) detours.


Benefit #6: It raises your life satisfaction level

When you’re living your life in a way that allows you to pursue your passions, you’re going to be much happier overall. You start to enjoy the beauty that life holds and treasure each and everything you can get out of it.

It’s like you have a fresh new spring in your step and a smile deep in your heart. Things don’t get you down as easily and your stress levels are reduced because you’re doing things you love.


Benefit #7: It makes you feel accomplished

There is no better feeling than being able to cross an item off your bucket list and mark it as complete. No matter how small it may be, it brings about a sense of accomplishment. You’ve followed through with something from start to finish and that always feels good.

That’s the whole point of creating a list, right? So you can check items off, cross them out, date them and move on to the next one?

You begin to feel like you’re living with purpose. Your passions are being satisfied and you’re achieving the things you believe you’re destined to achieve.

Creating a bucket list has so many advantages that, although it seems like a silly notion to do it, it really is silly not to. Come up with your list today so that you can enjoy all of these benefits from this point forward.

Your task today is to CREATE A BUCKET LIST. Grab out that journal + get writing 🙂

Stay tuned for Day 16.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)