8 Ways To Instantly Boost Your Mood

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Ups and downs are simply a part of life, although it can sometimes feel like there are a lot more downs than ups. Our mindset can also be influenced by the weather too – with winter edging its way towards us, we say ‘bye’ to the bright, warm days of summer, and ‘hello’ to dark, dreary nights. The next time you’re having a bad day and not feeling yourself, try and give your mood a boost. Here are some tried and tested methods to turn that frown upside down.

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Go Outside

This might be the last thing you feel like doing if it’s windy and cold outside, but some fresh air will do you the world of good! Regular exercise is associated with a reduced risk of depression and anxiety, but now there is more and more evidence that it slows cognitive decline and could reduce your risk of dementia. Even just a quick walk has been proven to sharpen your reactions and help you concentrate better on any tasks you undertake afterward.

Get As Much Sleep As You Can

Just like one sleepless night can alter your mood for the whole of the next day, so can one night of good sleep. Even a short nap in the mid-afternoon can boost memory, improve job performance, lift your mood, and ease stress. So get some ZZZs and feel ready to take on the challenges of the day.

Pamper Yourself

Visit your nearest spa or nail salon, or simply pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home. Throw on a facemask, give yourself a manicure, or be daring and try out a new look  to see what suits you. For men and women, haircuts often give us a real confidence boost and improve our mood.

Spend Time With Pets

Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress and anxiety, as well as easing loneliness. Multiple studies have shown that pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. So grab your cat, dog, hamster, or guinea pig and give them a big cuddle – this will instantly make your heart and soul feel better.

Reach Out To Someone

Maybe there’s a friend you’ve not been in touch with for ages? Wouldn’t you like to know how they’re doing? Send them a text and you never know, this could end up in a phone call or video chat where you reminisce of old times that bring you back to your past self. Getting your friendship back on track is a great mood booster.

Bake Something

Psychologists say that baking improves your mood. Many people find baking to be a therapeutic activity and it means that while you’re focusing on following the instructions listed in a specific order, your mind can’t wander. Plus, you have the end result to look forward to – yummy!

Meditate For Ten Minutes

You don’t need to meditate for hours to see a change – just 10 minutes a day is enough to make a difference. It increases your attention span and prevents your mind from wandering as well as helping to combat powerful thought patterns that cause unnecessary worrying. If you need some help getting started, try out an app like Headspace or there are lots of videos on YouTube to help you meditate. Put one on and find your inner peace.

Clean Out Clutter

Have a clear out is great for your closet as well as your mind! If we constantly see clutter all around, it can make us feel mentally exhausted and tense. Try out Marie Condo’s ‘does-this-spark-joy?’ method with each item of clothing or each pair of shoes and you’ll be done decluttering in no time. If you donate your unwanted items to charity, this act of giving stimulates the reward center in your brain, releasing endorphins and creating what is known as the “helper’s high.” So, it’s a win-win situation to give to others!

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