With work pressure, family life, school run and keeping a household together it isn’t any wonder that many of us end up feeling frazzled by the end of the day. It’s very easy to let that dull grey cloud linger above your head and carry on, however, in the long run, this can lead to burn out and feeling our worst.
Our emotional state is at the very heart of our health and naturally affects all aspects of our lives such as how we communicate with others, our mood, work, approach to certain situations and even our food choices. Looking after our mental health as well as our physical health is just as important and I wanted to write this post as a little reminder.
With many of us wanting to attack 2016 the best we can, we’re ultimately all going to be extremely busy which can invite stress into out lives. There are lots of things that can make us feel stressed, but the good news is that you can send it on its way just as quick as it arrived with these simple tips.
Write a love list
One of my favourite things to so is to make a list. I’m all about lists for keeping me on track and organised but I also think they are great to remind you of the things that you love and enjoy. Saving your love list on you phone, tablet or laptop means that you can always be remembered of the things that make you happy. The list doesn’t have to be full of major life events either, it can be full of little everyday things such as your favourite bar of chocolate or lipstick.
Look through old photographs and think of happier times
Flicking through old photographs and reminiscing about older and happier times is a great way to feel happy. I was reminiscing with my family just this weekend and we were all in fits of laughter – it was such a nice feeling.
Go for a walk
Believe it or not, something as simple as fresh air can do you the world of good and it’s free. Taking a break from a stressful day at work by going for a walk on your lunch break and getting your head out of your computer can be highly beneficial. Try and get outside for at least 10-15 minutes a day and you will really notice the difference it makes to your stress levels and general well-being.
Get a good night’s sleep
There is nothing like a good nights sleep to put a spring in your step. Waking up refreshed and energised makes for a better day than waking up groggy and sleepy. I try to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night (such a rarity these days with a baby!) and when I do I feel great and ready to attack the day. Also, try to turn off your phone and computer in the evening so that your brain is well rested before bed, it really helps to get a good nights sleep.
Exercise can make you feel great! Some of you may think that I am crazy, but it’s really true. Working out releases a hormone called serotonin in the brain, the bodies natural happy hormone. I always feel better after a workout compared to before a workout, which means when I work out in the morning it gives me a natural boost to start my day.
A restful mind makes for a restful soul – or so they say. Recently I’ve got into meditating, I generally do this unaided in the evening before bed, however, there are some fabulous phone apps out there at the moment. Meditation is very relaxing and a great way to unwind after a restful day. Emptying my mind for a few minutes and getting some head space also makes for a great nights sleep.
Sing and dance – have a party!
Having a jig around the kitchen or a sing-a-long at the top of your voice to your favourite songs can really put you in a good mood. The movement from the dancing can make you feel re-energised and who doesn’t love singing to their favourite songs. I dare you to try this in your office on a grey afternoon or during an afternoon energy slump, although you may get a few odd looks!
Naturally there are many other ways to make you feel happy and plenty of ways to de-stress, these are just a couple of ways that work for me and I hope that you find them helpful. Now take a deep breath, find some calm and relax.