The latest senior snippet is brought to you by Home Instead Sheffield. The topic is; top tips to help boost your mood. With winter lurking just around the corner it is very important to keep and upbeat state of mind to lead a positive lifestyle. Eating healthy foods and exercising are obvious ways to remain fit and healthy, but there are also many other adjustments we can make to improve our mental health and state of mind.
So, below are a few mood boosting tips:
Laugh. We believe this is the most important, as adults we often forget to just enjoy ourselves and laugh more. Endorphins are released into our body when we laugh which increase serotonin levels in our brain, causing us to instantly feel happier. Life doesn’t need to always be taken too seriously!
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. It is also very important to be there for someone else too, as this can brighten up your mood just as much as you have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped someone else.
Practice gratitude. We all need to recognise what we’ve grateful for, acknowledge it, and appreciate it. The first thing you want to do when you wake up in the morning is to think of a few things that you are grateful for and you will soon notice the difference it makes to your mood.
Surround yourself with positive scents and sounds. When you feel that your mood is dipping it is a good idea to surround yourself with scents which can uplift your mood. A good scent is lavender; it is seen as relaxing, whereas peppermint can help to soothe your overactive mind. This can also work great with your favourite perfume. Listening to music and lighting a candle can also help, and you may find yourself feeling great afterwards!
Take deep breaths. Sometimes we do not concentrate on our breathing because it’s a natural function, but consciously focusing on your breathing and taking deep breaths can relieve stress and increase relaxation. 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 in for 3 to 5 seconds, hold for the same amount of time and exhale the air out through your month slowly. Do this for 3 minutes and you will feel the stress melt away.
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