BOOSTING MOOD IN 2023: WHY IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER BEFORE
As we roll through 2023, it’s more important than ever to prioritise good mental health. A better mood, coupled with a positive outlook can enhance our relationships and improve our daily lives. It can increase resilience, creativity, and productivity. So why aren’t we all trying to get ‘high on life’?
Well, with so many daily stressors, boosting your mood can feel like climbing a mountain in heels, but does it really have to be so hard? (Good mental health and wellbeing is a spectrum – there’s also a difference between feeling a bit down and having depression. If you feel you are feeling down for prolonged periods and that you may be suffering from depression, visit the NHS website).
The art of feeling good (when short on time and patience)…
If you are simply finding that your days could do with a bit of a lift and you want to try boosting your mood (without alcohol, caffeine or narcotics), below are some ‘easy to do’, mood boosting ideas that won’t take all of your time:
Joy Workouts: It’s the new fitness trend of 2023 – and we love it. Joy workouts are any kind of physical activity that is primarily done to bring a sense of happiness and well-being…that’s it. These types of workouts can range from dance classes to playing sports, from hiking to yoga, and anything that gets you moving and brings you joy. The idea is to focus on the fun and pleasure of movement, rather than on the exercise as a chore. By finding physical activities that bring you joy, you can boost your mood, relieve stress, and improve your overall mental and physical health. It makes sense, after all physical activity releases endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. So, whether it’s going for a walk, doing yoga, or hitting the gym, find a form of exercise that you enjoy and make it a part of your daily routine.
Micro Meditation Sessions: These short, informal sessions can be a simple, yet powerful tool for improving your mental and emotional wellbeing. If you are prone to overthinking your meditation sessions, this is for you – no yoga mat, incense sticks or meditation chimes needed. Simply take a few minutes at your desk to focus on your breathing and mediate. Scheduling time in each day to sit quietly, focus on your breathing, and let your thoughts pass by without judgement may be the mood booster you always needed.
Micro Walks: Spending time in nature has been linked to improved mood and decreased stress levels. So, take a walk in the park, go for a hike, or simply sit outside and take in the beauty around you. You may live in the least photogenic location ever – do it anyway. Getting outside in the fresh air, sun or simply away from your usual space could be just what you need to recharge and boost your mood.
Pick Up The Phone!: Yes, I know It’s 2023 and nobody wants to talk – but just messaging or DMing could be causing you to lose contact with the people you care about and in turn could be affecting your overall mood. Spending time with loved ones has been shown to boost mood and provide emotional support – oh and it doesn’t need to be face to face…just pick up the phone and call. K?
Dopamine Dressing: Dopamine dressing refers to the idea of choosing clothing that makes you feel good and increases your mood – similar to the way the neurotransmitter dopamine affects the brain. It’s believed that wearing clothing that you feel confident and comfortable in can boost self-esteem and improve overall wellbeing. There’s no scientific evidence to support the concept of dopamine dressing, but wearing clothing that you love and feel good in can certainly have a positive impact on your mood and confidence.
15 Minute Creativity Breaks: Whether it’s painting, drawing, or writing, engaging in creative activities can help boost mood and reduce stress. Engaging in a creative activity, even for just a short period of time, can help stimulate the mind and generate new ideas. Creative pursuits can act as a form of therapy, allowing you to escape from the demands of everyday life and reduce stress levels. Taking a break from work to engage in creative pursuits can help individuals refocus and become more productive when they return to their tasks. Creativity also requires the use of several cognitive skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making, which can improve overall brain function.
Support Someone Sunday: Doing something kind for others has been shown to boost mood and improve overall well-being. Why not consider volunteering, donating to a charity, or simply helping a friend in need. Sunday is often a great time to plan and implement activities that don’t have anything to do with work. If in doubt, you can visit Volunteer Matters to find out how you can volunteer to do something good in your community.
Micro Naps + Healthy Snacks: Lack of sleep can negatively impact mood and increase stress levels. So, if you’re not getting enough restful sleep each night, try doing a micro nap during your day / lunchbreak. Similarly, a diet high in nutrients, such as fruits and vegetables, can help improve mood and overall health. Try these 2 hacks and see how it improves your mood.
Eat Birthday Cake: Birthdays are a time to celebrate and reflect on the past year, which can be a source of joy and positivity. But let’s be honest, one of the best things about having a birthday is the cake! Question: Why are we only buying birthday cake for birthdays? Audaciously bright and colourful, decorated with fruits, flowers and sprinkles – of course it’s going make you feel joyful! Don’t wait a year, get yourself a slice of birthday cake (…but maybe just one).
Gratitude Breaks: A favourite of mine – focusing on the things you’re thankful for each day has been shown to boost mood and reduce negative thoughts. Try keeping a gratitude journal or simply take a few minutes each day to reflect on the things you’re thankful for.
Incorporating these simple steps into your daily routine can help boost your mood and improve your overall well-being. So, give them a try and see the difference for yourself.
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