May 24, 2024

5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Mood Instantly

Breathe in and out through the nose and as you inhale feel your belly and chest expand like a balloon.  Hold the breath for a second, and then exhale drawing your belly towards your spine to expel all the stale air from the lungs. Make your breaths as slow and deep as possible.

2. Listen to your body

Having noticed where you’re feeling particularly stiff first thing in bed, take up to three minutes to stretch when you stand up.

Be careful to take things very gently, stretching in all of directions. Make sure you focus on different joints and areas of your body.

Start with moving the neck and shoulders, followed by the back, hips and knees. Spend a bit more time on the parts of the body that feel like they need more of a stretch.

3. Be kind to yourself

Spend a bit of time each day doing something nice for yourself, and make sure you schedule it in.

Make the effort to do something that brings you happiness, positivity or comfort. It can be anything, whatever suits you – taking a long bath, reading on the sofa, going for a walk, or perhaps indulging in your favourite TV show.

In times of grey weather or mood, it’s important to do, and think about, positive and comforting things.

Planning this activity for before you go to bed can help you fall asleep easier. Your mind and your body need to be relaxed and calm in order to get the rest needed, so that they are at
optimal function the following day.

You can also have a list in your mind or written down, of positive aspects of your life, and anything you have to look forward to in the months to come.

January is a good time to schedule a fun or relaxing weekend with your best friend, and to focus on all the positive things this year may bring.

4. Karma Yoga

As well as being kind to yourself, every day you should make an effort to be kind to others.

It has been proven by research that doing something nice for someone else in our lives in turn has a positive effect on our mood and feelings of self-worth. Giving not to receive, and all that.

Karma Yoga is all about selfless acts. It reminds us that we are not alone in the world, and that many have much worse problems than us.

Whether it’s helping someone in some way, paying for another person’s coffee, or simply not getting angry with someone when you usually would, make an effort to do at least one kind thing for someone else each day.

5. Be mindful during the day

It’s not enough to only take some time for yourself first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

It’s important to keep taking care of yourself mentally and physically during the day. In times of stress, anxiety or whenever you remember, take three long, deep mindful breaths.

Our breath so often becomes short and shallow during our daily activities, especially stressful ones, so it’s important to take the time to replenish the oxygen needed.

Check in with your body – every now and again, stretch out stiffness where you feel it pop up.

Better still if you can, go for a walk or do some exercise to help lift your mood and keep you healthy.

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