4 Simple Ways To Boost Your Mood
By now you’re probably sick of reading and hearing about Blue Monday. I know I am, and although I don’t believe that people are more likely to feel down a certain day of the year, I do think it raises awareness of how low mood can and does affect all of us at some point.
I’ve mentioned before that low mood is something I’ve always struggled with. The smallest thing can be enough to completely alter my mood and mindset, and most of the time there isn’t much I can about it. I’ve learned over time that unfortunately its just the way my brain works. Having said that though, there are always actions you can take to feel better in yourself when you’ve got a case of the blues!
If you find it difficult to stay chirpy some times, read the below tips in to become a happier person this year.
Light up your life
If you’re like me, you probably feel more down in the cold Winter months than any other time of the year. It’s actually quite common to feel this way and many people are diagnosed with a disorder called SAD (seasonal affective disorder) every year. Often referred to as ‘Winter Depression’, SAD is linked to reduced exposure to sunlight during the Autumn and Winter months and mood often improves in Spring and Summer.
There is something you can do about it though. Why not treat yourself to a light box? Light boxes simulate exposure to sunlight and have been proven to be just as effective as antidepressants (with no side effects) when used for an hour a day. If you have a desk job try putting one on your desk to boost your mood.
Take up yoga
Although something I’ve never tried, yoga is something I’ve wanted to start practising for some time. With its roots in Hinduism and Buddhism, yoga is used to combine light exercise with spirituality and is a remedy for treating body pain and quieting the mind while doing so.
Yoga promotes relaxation and can significantly reduce stress. If you feel like you have trouble disconnecting from office life and need a break from time to time to quiet your mind and relax your muscles, it might be worth giving yoga a go. Here are the courses to look out for this year.
Immerse yourself in meditation
I’ve mentioned before how meditation as helped calm my mind and reduce everyday anxiety (I can’t recommend the Headspace app enough!). Meditation is the art of getting to know your mind better, enabling you to pay attention to the thoughts that come and go in your head so that you can feel when they arise and disappear. It helps you achieve a calmer state of mind, and with regular practice comes the mastering of a technique that will help you cope with everyday life more efficiently.
Recent studies found that meditation leads to lower levels of activity on the side of the brain that is responsible for self-related thinking and mind-wandering. If you think meditation could help you focus, take a look into these Mindfulness Wellbeing Courses.
Do more exercise
It’s a no brainer, I know, but a bit of exercise really does work wonders. To get your endorphins going and improve your mood, try adopting a regular healthy exercise routine and stick to it. Did you know that twenty minutes of exercise could improve our moods for up to 12 hours? If that’s not a good enough reason to get your body moving then I don’t know what is – especially if you suffer with low mood. Plus you’ll feel better about yourself in general.