We’re all guilty of it, waking up on the wrong side of the bed, the world is against us and we could think of nothing better than wallowing in self pity all day. Or is that just me? Well, I’ve put together a list of tips which I use to overcome these negative feelings, boost my mood and generally make the world seem a little bit brighter!
If you haven’t ever tried yoga before you should definitely start (I have a board dedicated to yoga on my Pinterest page). You gently stretch, breathe deeply and focus on nothing other than the feeling of moving and being connected to the Earth beneath your feet. Nothing elevates my mood more than a few simple stretches. Seriously, give it a try.
2. Stay hydrated!
It seems a bit of an obvious one, but it is all too easy to lose track of time and drink barely anything across the course of the day. Keep a bottle on your desk at work, in your bag, hanging from a chain around your neck if it helps. The old adage of drinking 2 litres a day doesn’t have to apply to you, just keep sipping and you’ll soon notice an increase in clarity. Clear mind, clear heart.
3. Stop what you’re doing.
No, seriously, stop what you’re doing for at least 30 minutes a day. Take a 30 minute break from work, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, whatever it is, and enjoy those 30 minutes to yourself. Read a book, put on your favourite song (on repeat, this is my go-to when I’m really in a slump), put your feet up and allow yourself to unwind. We should stop glorifying busy, sometimes doing nothing is exactly what the doctor ordered.
4. Write down one thing you are looking forward to.
This could be something as small as getting home from work and putting your feet up, to something larger like going on holiday in 3 months. Use this moment to focus on something truly positive which will happen within your life. It will put a smile on your face for definite.
5. Eat mood boosting food.
I am absolutely terrible when it comes to my diet, it is all too easy to make peanut butter on toast rather than a healthy nutritious evening meal. But eating some of these foods really does make a difference. Examples of mood boosting foods are oily fish, oysters, chicken/turkey, spinach, lentils, oats, bananas, and my personal favourite, dark chocolate. You’d be surprised what a difference just putting a little thought into your meals can make.
Please please please give some of these tips a go, and please please please let me know how you get on. Small changes in our lives can sometimes make the biggest impact. Since introducing yoga into my every day routine I’ve noticed a huge increase in positivity through every aspect of my life. Leave a comment to let me know how you get on!