Its World Mental Health Day on October 10th 2017 and so to support this and maybe even help some other people, I thought I would share my 5 tips for boosting your mood and mental well-being if your feeling particularly low.
1.) Get active/go outdoors – It’s been proven that doing exercise releases endorphin’s (chemicals in your body) which react with your brain to trigger positive feelings. Getting your daily dose of sunshine/vitamin D (about 30 minutes a day) will also help so even something like a gentle walk every day could really help if you’re struggling.
2.) Set yourself a small challenge and write it down.
It doesn’t have to be a big thing and it can be something simple like ‘make myself a bowl of soup’ or ‘clean the bathroom’ – if you write it down and complete it make sure you tick it off or cross it out and the achievement of doing this could help how you feel and give you motivation to do more.
3.) Eat a well-balanced diet.
It’s important to eat healthily at regular times as this can not only impact on your physical health but also your mental health. It’s also important to treat yourself sometimes so eating a little something what you enjoy is not a bad thing if you’re feeling a bit low, as long as it won’t make you feel worse after for eating it (moderation is the key!)
4.) Talk to people
Talking with other people either by phone, face to face, email is important for your well-being. Relating to other people and sharing how your feeling with someone you care about can strengthen your relationship and can increase your confidence.
5.)Stroke an animal or pet (my personal recommendation!)
If you don’t have a pet it may be more difficult but if you live in a city like me then it’s quite easy to go outside and find a cat or dog you could pet or take a trip to the Zoo!
I stroke my bunnies which instantly give me a little boost of happiness and feeling of unconditional love which I have yet to find elsewhere…
These are just a few of my personal favorite tips for boosting my mood and well-being if I’m feeling particularly low but you can find more information, tips and support on the Mind website.
What helps you if your feeling low?
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