Whether or not your New Year’s resolutions included wellbeing, prioritising yourself is essential. In the pursuit of a brighter and more positive outlook, GroceryAid offers a range of emotional, practical, and financial support for colleagues. Visit groceryaid.org.uk/get-help to learn more.
While external support is invaluable, empowering yourself with simple yet effective strategies can also contribute to boosting your mood. Here are 10 ways you can do this:
Exercise Regularly – Physical activity has been proven to release endorphins, the body’s natural mood lifters. You don’t have to engage in intense workouts; a simple daily walk, yoga or a quick workout routine can do wonders for your mood.
Practise Gratitude – Take a moment each day to reflect on the things you are grateful for. Keeping a gratitude journal can help shift your focus from negative to positive aspects of your life, fostering a more optimistic outlook.
Connect with Nature – Spending time outdoors has been linked to improving mood and reduced stress levels. Whether it’s a walk in the park, a full-on hike or simply sitting in your garden, nature can have a calming effect on your mood.
Listen to Uplifting Music – Music has the power to influence our emotions. Create a playlist of your favourite uplifting songs and listen to it when you need a mood boost. Singing along can also be a fun way to lift your spirits.
Prioritise Self-Care – Taking care of yourself physically and emotionally is crucial for a positive mood. Get enough sleep, eat nutritious meals, and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
Set Realistic Goals – Break down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable goals. Achieving these smaller goals can give you a sense of accomplishment and boost your confidence. Contributing to an improved mood.
Laugh More – Watch a funny film, attend a comedy show, or spend time with friends who make you laugh. Laughter not only lightens your mood but also has various health benefits.
Limit Social Media – While social media can be a great way to stay connected, excessive use can contribute to feelings of inadequacy. Take breaks from social media and focus on real-life interactions to improve your overall wellbeing.
Learn a New Skill – Engaging your mind in learning something new can be both challenging and rewarding. Whether it’s a language, a musical instrument, or a hobby, the sense of accomplishment can positively impact your mood.
Practise Mindfulness – Mindfulness and meditation techniques can help you stay present and reduce stress. Dedicate a few minutes each day to practice deep breathing or meditation to promote a sense of calm and positivity. You can access free mindfulness videos through on GroceryAid’s online health and wellbeing platform, here: www.rightsteps.co.uk/customers/groceryaid#video-modules
If you feel you could benefit from some emotional support, GroceryAid has a range of support services that could help you, including counselling, relationship therapy and support for children and young people. Find out more here: www.groceryaid.org.uk/emotional-support/
For in-the-moment support, you can call the Helpline; it’s open 24/7, 365 days a year and is completely free and confidential. Please call 08088 021 122 anytime to speak to a BACP-trained counsellor who can help.