Self-Care

TAKE THE TIME…..to improve your mood

It’s not that hard to do and can actually be done really quickly!

There really is nothing worse than experiencing a bad mood, whether you have woken up with it or something has happened during your day to make you feel that way. I have experienced many in my days and I am now fortunate enough to be able to recognise and fix them relatively quickly, in order to get myself back in a happy place.

Here are my favourite top 5 QUICK fixes to get you instantly back on your feet:

SMILE

This might seem really bonkers but all I can say is, don’t knock it until you have tried it. As Anthony Robbins (author of ‘Awaken the Giant Within) stated – ‘ emotion is created by motion’. Even the most minute changes in our facial expressions or gestures will shift the way we are feeling in any moment. So, what are you waiting for? Get that big grin on your face and see how different you feel.

LISTEN TO MUSIC

Listening to moving music causes the brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical. Apparently, people love music for much the same reason they’re drawn to sex, drugs, gambling and delicious food. Even just anticipating the sounds of a great song can get the feel-good chemical flowing. 

So, find out which song makes you smile and when you are feeling a little down, get that tune playing. I guarantee it will lift your spirits.

JUMP AROUND

This is another one that might sound completely bonkers but movement really does help mood. It doesn’t have to be jumping either. You can skip, dance or vigorously wiggle. Linked to ‘emotion is created by motion’, moving around gets those happy-making endorphins flowing. It’s such a quick and powerful way to change your state.

So, trust me and try it now. Jump up from wherever you are sat reading this and jump around. I promise it will make you feel great and what’s more, it is likely to put a huge smile on your face (maybe laughing at yourself|), which will again lift your mood.

SNIFF A SCENT

Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses as it is directly connected to the part of the brain which processes emotions. This means that smelling certain scents can have the power to improve your mood and the way you’re feeling. Here’s a few examples:

  • Jasmine –  is a natural antidepressant;
  • Rosemary –  has the power to enhance and improve your cognitive performance; 
  • Lemon – increases the flow of oxygen to the brain and as such has a significant impact on our energy levels, providing a quick, strong boost, and improving our alertness; 
  • Cinnamon – improves your cognitive function which, in turn, encourages concentration and heightens attention.
  • Lavender – has calming properties that help control emotional stress, has having a soothing effect on nerves and relieves nervous tension 
  • Peppermint – invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking

These scents can all be found in a number of forms.I personally like the aromatherapy oils but cutting into a fresh lemon and sniffing that works just as well.

So, next time you need a little mood lift, close your eyes and try sniffing one of these scents and see how it makes you feel.

EXPOSE YOURSELF TO GREEN

Colour psychologists say green symbolises happiness—and can create the feeling of it, too. Throw on a green sweater, pick up a green pen, deck yourself out like the most dedicated of Leprechauns, and it’s possible your mood will be over the rainbow.

All of these methods can be performed in under a minute, so it won’t take you long to get your mood back on track and lifted. They can also be performed anywhere. No excuses for being in a bad mood anymore!

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