Are you a Mood Booster or a Mood Hoover?

With Winter around the corner, and without a huge amount of Sunshine to help lift our spirits this Summer it’s important to keep a healthy state of mind to support leading a positive lifestyle. As well as the obvious contributors to health and well-being like eating a well-balanced diet and keeping mobile with exercise, we can also make improvements to our mental health and state of mind.

Mood boosting tips

Laugh Laughing releases endorphins into our body which increase serotonin levels in our brain, causing us to instantly feel happier. Us adults often forget to just enjoy ourselves and laugh more. To help, you could watch a favourite comedic programme, listen to a funny radio DJ, or catch up with your oldest friend to reminisce about the good times.

Practice gratitude When you wake up in the morning, try and think of a few things that you are grateful for and notice the difference it makes to your mood. It’s important torecognise what we’re grateful for, acknowledge it, and appreciate it. Something that can put a smile on our faces, even during a difficult time, can help us become stronger.

Talk to someone Whether it’s a friend, relative or even a neighbour, knowing you have someone you can turn to, can help to put your mind at ease. Don’t forget to be there for someone else too, as this can brighten your mood just as much as you have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped someone else.

Surround yourself with positive scents and sounds. Sometimes when we feel our mood dipping it is good surround yourself with scents which can uplift your mood. Lavender can be seen as relaxing, whereas peppermint can help to soothe your overactive mind. This can work just as well with your favourite perfume. Listen and dance to your favourite music, light a candle; enjoy a scented bath, all can have positive effects.

Take deep breaths Consciously focusing on your breathing and taking deep breaths can relieve stress and increase relaxation. Simply place one hand on the abdomen and one hand on the lower ribs and take a breath that starts in your abdomen and works its way up your body. Control your breathing by breathing in for 3 to 5 seconds, hold for the same amount of time and exhale the air out through your mouth slowly. Do this for 3 minutes and you will feel the stress melt away.

Much of this is considered as obvious, however we believe that we don't all make a conscious effort to improve our own state of mind.Try our tips today, or pass them on to someone else and help spread a smile. 

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