Thursday, 27 October 2016

mood-boosting tips you can try at home

  
When you read about health, you often encounter articles that focus on being fit and healthy. That’s all good and well, but health isn’t just about your body. It’s also about your mind. You could be in the best physical shape ever. But if your mind is in turmoil, you’re not healthy. Mental health is an issue that means a lot to me, and I’m keen to spread the message that it’s ok to talk about it. Of course, we all have those days when we’d rather stay in bed and hide from the world. But if you feel sad or low for a prolonged period of time, it’s good to speak up and seek help. If you’re prone to days when you feel down or anxious, here are some mood-boosting tips you can try at home. 



Meditation
There’s a lot of interest and intrigue surrounding meditation. For many of us, it may seem like a technique the celebrities use to try and find themselves and escape the crazy world of fame. However, meditation is actually an ancient practice. It has been around for centuries, and it’s accessible to everyone. You don’t need to spend all your time thinking about mindfulness or trying out detox programmes to benefit from meditation. You don’t even need to do it frequently. Sometimes, it can give you the time you need to reflect, think, and alter your mindset. You can take ten minutes or three hours. You can meditate at home or find a quiet spot in the great outdoors. Meditation doesn’t work for everyone, but for many, it’s an effective therapy.




Rest




Stress and anxiety can prevent you from sleeping. When you’re tired, you’re more likely to feel the effects of stress. You can get stuck in a vicious cycle, and it can seem impossible to break. If you’re anything like me, you need your sleep. Experts usually recommend around eight hours per night. If you’re run down, or you’re exhausted, you’ll struggle to function properly. You may feel tired during the day and lack focus and concentration. Your energy levels will be low, and you may find it tough to muster up the enthusiasm to do things you normally love. If you’re tired all the time, this can affect all aspects of your life. If you have been having trouble sleeping, rest when you can. If you’re falling asleep in the daytime, this means that your body is craving downtime. Try and get into a routine and iron out potential obstacles. Think about why you can’t sleep. Is it too light in your room or is your bed uncomfortable? Is your mind racing? There are lots of solutions out there. You may benefit from memory foam mattress support or hanging blackout blinds. You may find it helpful to relax with a bubble bath before you go to bed or to curl up with a good book. If you’ve got things on your mind, chat with a friend or your partner.

If your sleep troubles persist, see your GP

Work up a sweat



Exercise is not just proven to lift your mood. It also helps you to sleep better. When you work up a sweat, your body releases endorphins and your serotonin levels increase. Serotonin is a chemical, which makes you feel happy. If you have reservations about going to the gym like me, you could always do a workout at home or go hiking. There are some great DVDs around, or you could follow a YouTube session. If you’re not a gym bunny, don’t worry. Once you get into exercise, you may find that you really enjoy it


Snuggle up with a cuddly creature...or your boyfriend/girlfriend

If you’re lucky enough to have a pet at home, the love and affection they give you can really help you to tackle dark days. Scientists have found that cuddling up to a cat or dog can lower your blood pressure, and make you feel calmer and more relaxed. The same goes for your loved one ;)


Get creative

If you’re feeling stressed or worried, getting creative can do wonders for your mood. For many of us, activities like drawing or writing give us an outlet for our emotions. Are you feeling overwhelmed or struggling to switch off? If so, doing something creative can help you to relax and take control of your feelings. If you struggle to put across how you feel in words, writing something down or painting a picture could prove therapeutic.


All of us have days when it’s tough to get motivated. If you struggle with stress or you’re going through a hard time, these suggestions may help. If you don’t get any joy with self-help techniques, consider seeing your doctor. The sooner you tackle problems, the sooner you can start moving forward.


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