Your body and mind depend on each other | treat them both well!
Nobody feels calm and balanced all of the time. In fact, in my opinion, balance is a myth! Feeling low and worrying a lot can stop you from enjoying your life. You could stop doing the things that matter to you and become depressed. By making some small changes to your lifestyle and practising good self-care, you can balance your moods, and get off the emotional rollercoaster.
Seven things you need to focus on throughout your week.
Get some sleep
I mean enough sleep! Eight hours a night is a good average, but really, only you know how many hours you need to feel adequately rested. Have a regular bed and waking time. Switch off your electronic devices at least an hour before you go to bed.
Try to establish a bedtime and morning routine, and your body will do the rest automatically for you. Reset your sleep habits and wake up feeling refreshed every day.
Talk about it
Bottling up your feelings and keeping everything to yourself could lead to you suffering an emotional breakdown. Talk to people you trust, so long as you don’t feel judged talking can help shift feelings of negativity.
If you don’t feel like you need advice, ask the person just to listen. If you are struggling with a very low mood and you are worried you can’t cope, see your GP and ask for about available counselling or talking therapies.
Nature is an incredible mood balancer, just going for a short walk can do wonders for your mind. Spending time in green space and bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects.
- Improve your mood
- Reduce the feeling of stress and anxiety
- Help you feel more relaxed
- Improve your confidence and self-esteem
- Help you make new connections and provide peer support
Meditation helps to calm your mind, and there are lots of different types to explore. Try closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing counting your breaths from one to ten. Meditation is about emptying your mind, becoming more aware and observe the little things and it’s probably not as fluffy as you think!
Eat yourself happy!
Sit down to eat your meals and take your time, as opposed to grabbing something quick on the run. Take a few moments to be thankful for your food before you start doing this will slow down your eating and make it a more pleasurable experience.
Sitting down to eat with friends and family encourages social interaction and bonding, mealtimes at home should be a time when you get together with others to share your experiences, laugh together and chat.
Listen to some music
Create yourself a happy playlist for when you need a boost, having a good old dance around the kitchen can seriously improve your mood. Letting go and just being able to express yourself, even for a few minutes elevates stress and anxiety, endorphins will be released helping you feel more positive energised.
Throw in some silly dance moves and have a good old laugh at yourself. Quick tip: Shut the blinds!!
Get regular exercise
You knew it was coming, didn’t you?! Getting enough exercise is one of my major downfalls, and it’s not even that I don’t want to, it’s finding the time and if I’m honest, the motivation.
All that said, taking time to exercise regularly, really can balance your moods and improve your mental health. The truth is, however, any kind of exercise can be beneficial, and it doesn’t even need to be outside.
Doing something simple like cleaning your house every day can count towards your exercise goals! (something I really need to do too)
By implementing the above strategies, you will balance your moods naturally and easily.
Nature has built natural “anti-depressants” into our bodies that we can activate whenever we need to. It’s remarkably easy to attain a feel-good state if we just adopt a few proactive habits and keep them going – Dr Tian Dayton, Huffpost.com contributor.
Small things create significant changes, and by being proactive about your self-care, you can improve your mental health and wellbeing. When you feel your mood changing take some time to find out why you’re feeling the way you do and figure out what you can do change it.
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