It’s not easy being happy and upbeat all the time.
Practicing self-love has completely transformed my life, it made me realize that it’s okay to do the things for yourself and get joy out of it. During this time of year, a lot of us are affected by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which can make you feel moody and lower your energy levels. That is why today, I’m sharing some very simple ways that to improve your mood.
JUMP ON YOUR BED
I know that it sounds silly, but how much fun did you have as a kid doing this? If I am having a yucky day , I love jumping on my bed until I start laughing at myself. Instant mood lifter, and even better of you get your kids involved.
BURN YOUR FAVORITE SCENTED CANDLE
One of my favorite ways to instantly feel happier, is burning my favorite candle. I love scents like lavender and eucalyptus- as soon as they become fragrant, I feel more relaxed.
AWAKEN YOUR SENSES
I try to calm myself by slowing down, by relaxing and awaking all my senses. Open up the window to let the fresh air in, listen to music you love, take a few deep breaths, meditate for few minutes.
SNACK ON SOMETHING HEALTHY
When you feel down, you’re probably either don’t have much appetite, or get those “bad food” cravings. When you don’t eat, you might feel even more cranky, you have less energy, so it’s important to make sure to eat, even if you don’t feel like it. My go-to snack for days like these would be a mix of berries and almonds, and some dark chocolate. Also, make sure to eat foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, as they have been proven to improved mood and alleviate depression.
Physical activity produces endorphins and regular exercise reduces stress, improves sleep, boosts self-esteem and increases your energy levels. Even a 10-minute walk outside can help you feel better.
Sometimes I feel like we all take so many things for granted. Sometimes it’s the little things that can lift your spirits like going to my favorite sushi spot, treating myself to a new lipstick or a top, if you want to binge-watch a whole season of your favorite TV show and not feel guilty about it. I don’t do these things too often, because I’m always so busy, but when I start feeling stressed out, I love taking a break for one afternoon, turning off my phone and not worrying about what else needs to get done.
DO SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE ELSE
Because there is no better feeling, than putting a smile on someone’s face.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a little escape with a great book or even a trashy romantic novel. I will admit that a afternoon reading gossip magazine always makes me feel better.
PLAY WITH YOUR PET
Spending time with my dog lifts my mood immediately and I swear that she can sense whenever I start feeling anxious. I love the fact that she’s always so happy to see me, and seeing her like that always puts a smile on my face.
TAKE A NAP
Sometimes this is all you need to feel better. Have a cup of hot chocolate or spearmint tea, turn on the fireplace, get under your favorite blanket and take a little nap.
Because who doesn’t love cuddling? Regardless of whether you’re hugging your partner, your child, or your dog, it’s guaranteed to make you feel better.
LISTEN TO AN AUDIOBOOK
This is also a great way to reduce stress. On those days when I feel exhausted, I love listening to a good audiobook- especially when I feel like reading, but can’t keep my eyes opened for too long.
TAKE A SHOWER
Okay, this might sound so simple but it really works. I take a long shower, wash my hair and put on my coziest clothes on. To make this even better, I put my clothes and my towel in a dryer for a few minutes, so that when I get out of the shower, they’re still warm. This feels super cozy and relaxing.
What are your favourite things to do to lift your spirits?