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What Will Boost Your Mood

 

The simple answer – doing something you enjoy! This could be anything from watching the sunrise or the sunset, cooking, exercising, walking in the countryside, to spending time with your family and friends. The answer is different for everyone.

Can exercise boost your mood?

Exercise is probably the best and most immediate way for us to get out of that slump. An early morning walk or jog is a great way to lift our spirits. It’s a natural antidepressant as, not only will it increase your endorphins (our feel-good hormones), it will help our vitamin D intake through the sunlight and increase our serotonin levels.

Sadly, the weather is not always accommodating but working out indoors or at a gym will be equally as mood-boosting.

What about Meditation?

For centuries, meditation has been used as a way of restoring calm and inner peace to encourage a sense of self-understanding and positive thought. There is no need for expensive equipment, just a quiet, comfortable setting – and an open mind. By concentrating on a single focus (either the body’s breathing, one bodily sensation, or a particular word – a mantra), self-awareness increases as the mind and body start working in harmony. At its simplest level, you are creating a moment of stillness in the middle of whatever is swirling around you.

And don’t forget mindfulness, which is a great way to focus on the present and take time out to reflect. A quick 15 minute session will help – you can even weave it in during a regular daily activity such as brushing your teeth, eating your breakfast or ironing your clothes.

Try learning a new skill

A small amount of time spent doing something you have never done before can lead to even more opportunities and have a liberating, rejuvenating and uplifting effect.

It can be something really very simple. You don’t have to start bungee-jumping or skydiving. Take a different route into work in the morning. Jump off at a different bus or tube stop. As you walk down your local high street look up and see what is above you. Try something new on the menu rather than the dish you already know you like. Set aside an hour or two to go and see a new film, visit an exhibition, listen to some new music, whatever it is you enjoy.

What can we do to stimulate our minds?

 Here are some ideas:

  • Jigsaw puzzles

  • Card games

  • Dancing

  • Chinese martial art of Tai Chi

  • Use your senses – try focusing on your senses more when you’re out and about, or even cooking your evening meal. It can help stimulate your mind.

So there you have it. There are many ways to kick that slump. All you have to do is get started with one – and as we know sometimes that’s the hardest thing of all!

 

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