We all have those days when things are tough. Although these days are totally normal, they’re not fun and there are things we can do to try and uplift ourselves.
If you find you have longs days, strung together where you are feeling low, then it is time to consider professional help and guidance. There may be a reason why you are feeling like this, and sometimes this may be an underlying health condition. The right place to start would be your GP or Physician. I’m always here to help point you in the right direction if you feel you’re not sure where to start.
Let’s jump straight in with some tips to help beat the blues.
Top Tip Number 1 – Journal
This is a really nice place to start, and one that I find really beneficial when I think of it and when I have the chance to sit down and do it.
Write things down. Put them in a journal. It doesn’t matter what you write – write about what’s frustrating you, why you are feeling like you are feeling, try to include at least one positive thing in there that has happened to you during the day. The actual physical act of getting pen on paper is hugely therapeutic.
You could go one step further and write down 3 things you want to accomplish the following day – they may be really small. That’s totally ok. For example:
1. I’m going to get up half an hour early so I can have a cup of coffee in peace and read my favourite online blog
2. I’m going to have a bar of chocolate at 4pm tomorrow to celebrate a small goal
3.I’m going to sit down and play a board game with the children for half an hour before their bedtime.
Top Tip Number 2 – Walk Barefoot on the Grass
Do it – it can be incredibly refreshing!
When walking barefoot our skin comes in contact with the earth directly and the negative ions present in the earth can help balance the positive ions in our body creating a balance that improves our health in many ways. While walking barefoot on grass, the pressure on your feet gets activated and gives your body energy as well as improves your health. Experts recommend walking barefoot on grass early in the morning as it boosts immunity and also improves eyesight. Not only this, there are many health benefits to your body if you take a stroll, barefoot, on grass.
These include reduction of inflammation, reducing anxiety, depression, can help with insomnia, stimulation of nerves, immune system, eyesight, blood pressure, hormones etc. Give it a go!
Top Tip Number 3 – Work up a Sweat!
Exercising for 20 minutes a day can make you feel better by stimulating the release of mood-lifting endorphins.
Top Tip Number 4 – Declutter!
Clearing cupboards clears your mind.
And if you pass your unwanted clothes and goods on to charity, you have the added bonus of the ‘helper’s high’ – a release of feel-good endorphins triggered by altruism.
Think about other areas also – get through that pile of paperwork, get your accounts up to date, have a clean up with your connections on social media – all of these are examples of ways that will make you feel in control, proactive and positive. Get decluttering!
Top Tip Number 5 – Scoff some Chocs!
Findings published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience suggest that chocolate not only boosts mood but can even help reduce the symptoms of depression.
That’s because chocolate increases levels of several brain chemicals, including tryptophan – a chemical converted to serotonin in the brain to lift mood and increase euphoria – and theobromine, a stimulant that peps you up.
The same physiological effects happen when you fall in love, which is why dark chocolate is often claimed to be an aphrodisiac!
But be careful, don’t overdo it. Too much can negate these positive effects.
Top Tip Number 6 – Let off Steam.
Sometimes you just have to find a release for that pent-up tension – particularly if you feel ready to blow.
Safe outlets include vigorous exercise (sprint to the post box or the nearest tree and back again as fast as you can), punch a pillow, or shout loudly into the washing machine (so you don’t scare the neighbours!).
There can be immediate positive effects of this exercise. Give it a try next time you feel frustration, stress and anger. It’s a safe outlet!
Top Tip Number 7 – Bake a Cake.
Baking soothes the soul. There are lots of positive effects of baking including, boosting confidence, it helps you switch off, creates productivity and unlocks your senses! Just make sure you take the time to enjoy your creations and savour every mouthful.
Top Tip Number 8 – Have Sex! 🤭
During sex, the body releases happy chemicals known as endorphins, which improve your mood, slash stress levels and boost self-esteem.
And research by the American research scientist Dr Debby Herbenick found that those who made love first thing in the morning were upbeat for the rest of the day.
Top Tip Number 9 – Turn Up the Volume!
Psychologists at McGill University in Canada have found that the neurochemical benefits of music can boost the body’s immune system, reduce anxiety, and help regulate mood.
A favourite track that you associate with a happy time in your life will help draw you out of your bad mood. And singing along to it will boost the benefits, blocking internal negative self-talk which can prolong negative moods.
So get dancing, get singing and don’t be afraid to crank up the volume and let it go!
This might sound small but small can go a long way when trying to boost your mood.
Top Tip Number 10 – Do Something You Love Every Day
I’ll give you an example that I look forward to every day….
I have recently ‘splashed out’ (not expensive) on a new range of freshly ground coffee, a milk frother and a Barista style stove top coffee maker. Omg, the coffee that this combo makes is to die for!
I get my training done early in the morning and the coffee is something that I really look forward to. I’m going to make it my new goal to try a different coffee each time I get to the bottom of a sachet.
Other ideas include, a long hot bath in the evenings, buy your favourite magazine and set time aside every day to read it, a small indulgence – it’s a small gift for yourself.
There are lots of other ways you can help beat the blues. A few further examples of these include, getting lost in a book, make plans to look forward to, climb under a blanket and snuggle down for a nap, pet a pooch, go for a walk, eat a banana (yes there is proof that bananas can naturally boost serotonin levels), zone out with a podcast and aim for those goals you have set yourself.