Mood Boosters To Try Today
I recently contributed to the below article addressing instant mood boosters to try today. Have a read here, if you're interested.
I talked about a quick walk being my saviour when my mood needs a pick me up.
4. Get moving outside
Accredited Practising Dietitian Casuarina Forsyth likes to take a break outside when she needs a quick pick-me-up.
“When my mood needs a boost I like to go for a walk and get some fresh air. I find even just a short stroll around the block helps. The fresh air helps me to be mindful and present, and the walking produces feel-good endorphins, which always improves my mood.”
I have a few other things that I like to regularly do to boost my mood as well, these are below.
Creating an appealing environment
I don't know about anyone else, but when I am living in an unorganised environment I tend to be a bit on edge. By no means am I a clean freak, but I do feel a lot better when things are organised. I have recently started a new habit which I love! On the weekends I clean the bathroom, and pick fresh flowers from the garden, and put them in there next to the sink. This simple act makes our environment look a little nicer and I find it strangely calming. This week I picked lavender, which has the added benefit of smelling divine! I also enjoy starting the week with fresh sheets, but don't get there every week.
I find taking a few deep breaths is a really great way to bring me back to the now, and to stop me from getting too caught up in external things that might be going on. I'm definitely not a meditation, or mindfulness guru, but I do find that when I can bring awareness back into my body and how I am physically feeling then I tend to have a more stable mood.
Eating a balanced diet
Of course, this has to be throw in the mix. I know for me, when I eat well and regularly, my moods and appetite are more stable and I feel so much better mentally as well as physically. Having a mix of lots of protein, carbs and healthy fats at each meal helps my body feel good and satisfied, and means that I can get the most out of my day. Also, eating lots of vegetables always helps me to feel happy.
I'd really love to know, what things do you do that lift your mood? Comment in the comment box below.