The past year and a bit has been super tough for many people, with loads of us facing a new reality and upheaval to our daily lives. Social distancing and social isolation have become our norm and it’s very difficult to remain positive and uplifted during these times. This is completely normal, but for those low days, we here at Shona have come up with some fantastic methods to help pick up your mood!
We totally agree with Elle Woods. ‘Exercise gives you endorphins and Endorphins make you happy.’ We’re not asking you to go run a marathon, but going for a stroll (stroll, as in slow walk, not a run, we’re talking to you Deborah.) can be an amazing way to clear your head. We think that ‘mental health’ walks should be a daily thing. If you’re not really into walks, why not take your daily coffee outside and just chill on a bench and take in your surroundings.
Wear a cute outfit
We all have that one outfit that makes us feel FABULOUS. Chuck on this ‘fit and strut your stuff! Who cares if you’re all dolled up to go to Tesco? If it makes you feel happy, then we totally think you should go for it.
Book a video call with friends
While many may be getting sick of Zoom and Teams, there are loads of different platforms that we can use to allow us to connect with our friends. Facebook has a room feature that allows you to video call multiple people and play games. DisneyPlus now has a shared screening platform that allows you to watch films at the same time, without the awkward ‘trying-to-press-start-at-the-same-time’ situation. These are great ways in which we can connect with our friends and have a laugh.
Drink more water
Ok, this one sounds a bit silly, we know, but trust us, drinking water is so good for your body. We’ve all been guilty of drinking too many fizzy drinks in the past, so replacing them with water can really help to fuel our bodies. Drinking water early in the morning is a great way to start the day and can also help to hydrate you and wake your body up.
Step away from technology- perhaps pick up a hobby?
Nowadays we seem to be spending more time online than we have ever done before. Even if we want to communicate with friends we have to use our phones as we cannot meet them in person. We think it might be a good idea to block out an hour to two in your evening and go technology-free. Whether it’s a phone-free dinner or setting aside time to read your latest book, we definitely think our eyes and minds need that break. It can also allow us time to pick up some old hobbies that may have been forgotten.
Try some yoga
While we may not all be absolutely flexible and into yoga, you’d be surprised at how effective it is for changing your mood. Whether you’re laughing your way through it because of how useless you are at it, or that you’re concentrating on your breathing, or pouring all your negativity into realigning your body, we’ve realised that moving your body really does help.
Follow an exercise video
Similarly to our point about yoga, you don’t have to be a gym buff to follow this point. There are loads of videos online that promote moving your body in a fun way. Whether it is following a dance tutorial from TikTok or a dance exercise class from YouTube, these are fantastic ways of lifting your mood. Our personal favourite is the High School Musical dance-alongs as it has us screaming our favourite lyrics and living up old memories.
Open your windows
While this may seem like a small thing, opening your windows and blinds to leave some fresh air to circulate in your room can really help to bring up your mood. Breathing in the same stale air isn’t great for your health, so getting some clean air into your room will help to stimulate your senses.
Have a bath/Spa time
You time is absolutely needed to help bring your mood up. Grab your bath bombs and your favourite scented candles and create a mini-spa in your bathroom. Play some chill music, create good vibes and relax while soaking in the tub with a facemask on.
Talk about it
While this may seem totally obvious to many, others may not realise that a problem shared is a problem halved. A lot of the time we feel that our problems don’t matter or are not significant enough to bother our friends with, yet this is totally untrue! You would be surprised at how many people are probably feeling the same way that you are. Sharing your problem will help to normalise your feelings and may also help you to identify the cause of your low mood. Talking is the first step to solving this and taking the steps towards a more positive mood.
Everyone is different and while all of these methods may not work for you, we definitely think you could give a few a try! We think our main message here is to mind yourselves and take time for YOU. Looking after your mental and physical well-being is so important and this can help to create a more positive mood. While times are tough, and it can feel that there is no end in sight, things WILL get better and, in the meantime, MIND YOURSELF.
Ps. Does anyone want to watch Legally Blonde now??
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