Sometimes when we’re feeling a little down, it’s helpful to have a few simple ideas of ways to quickly lift the mood. We’ve compiled this list of easy things you can do on your own or with a friend to feel better. In fact, combining a few of these ideas could make for a good self-care day!
Walking, running, biking, swimming, practicing yoga – these activities all boost endorphins and help you feel better. They can also allow you to focus better and improve the quality of your sleep, both of which can also help to boost your happiness.
Eat Your Greens
Spinach, kale, and other dark, leafy greens can supply you with about 30% of your daily folate needs. Folate, a vitamin B, helps to produce dopamine in the brain and boosts happy feelings. These vegetables are also very healthy, so you might also feel good about yourself for eating a nutritious diet.
Surrounding yourself in green spaces helps to reduce stress (for more on that, click here). Consider buying fresh flowers at your home or office for something that will make you feel happy when you look at them. Try to get a bit of sun during the day if you can, as sunlight provides Vitamin D, which can boost your mood (and can make you more likely to be tired or depressed if you are lacking).
For an introduction on how to start meditating to gain perspective during times of stress, check out our blog by clicking here
Planning something fun for yourself a couple days or weeks in advance can give you something to look forward to and help provide you with the motivation to do your best everyday.
Listen to Your Favourite Song
What more is there to say? This is a classic pick-me-up…but it works!
A suggestion that most people will be open to. Chocolate contains serotonin-boosting tryptophan. Try to get dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa; these contain healthy antioxidants and lower sugar content.
Drink a Hot Beverage
A good cup of coffee or a perfectly made cup of tea can boost your energy levels and your overall mood. Especially if it’s by an open window during a rainstorm, or on a patio overlooking a beach…
Visit a Friend or Family Member
Connecting with someone close to you is a great way to re-center yourself and is likely to boost the mood of the person you are speaking to as well!. Even speaking on the phone can have the same effect (and perhaps a safer at this time with physical distancing measures in place).
Spend Time with a Furry Friend
Petting an animal for a few minutes can actually reduce stress hormones and increase serotonin levels! Owning a dog can also encourage you to get outside more often and provide company, two themes that you may notice are consistent in this list.
For more happiness boosters, check out https://www.cnn.com/2016/01/22/health/happiness-hacks/index.html