Mood-boosting tips

 

1) Go for a walk

 

Walking is a great way to boost your mood and it also a great way to lose weight and improve overall health.

 

Going outdoors for a walk has been proven to boost your mood, the natural light stimulates the brain to produce serotonin that helps lift your mood.

 

2) Go to bed early

 

Late nights can cause a problem if you are getting less sleep than you need, this can increase anxiety, tension, and sadness.

 

Studies have shown that lack of sleep reduces emotional and physical well-being, reduces optimism, and even contributes to the onset and worsening of physical pain.

 

How you can help yourself:

 

  • Try to go to bed 30 minutes earlier every night
  • Make your bed a restful haven. Splurge on good pillows. Also consider treating yourself to soft sheets
  • Try drinking milk or a relaxing herbal tea to help you fall sleep more easily

 

3) De-clutter your space

 

It’s harder to relax when you look around and there are bills and papers around you. Organizing your home and office is a really good way to help boost your emotional health. Having things in order can actually calm anxiety and some people even seem to find cleaning therapeutic.

 

How you can help yourself:

  • Each weekend, tackle a different area of your home or office.
  • Buy organizers to store your things in a neat, easily accessible way.
  • If you don't have one already, consider getting a diary or notebook to help you organize your thoughts.
  • You can also make to-do lists (rather than memorize them) – it can really help to calm anxiety and checking off           each task as you accomplish it provides a sense of fulfilment.

4) Consider aromatherapy

Aromatherapy involves the use of concentrated, aromatic plant oils called essential oils.

 

If you've never heard of it before, you may have seen it before in the form of naturally-scented bath salts, body lotions, and massage oils.

 

A study in found that people exposed to the scent of lavender or rosemary essential oils felt more content than people who didn't use essential oils.

 

Try body lotions, massage oils, and bath oils.

 

Nina