There are times when you need a little extra boost of happiness. We all know that not every day can be a good day, and some days it can feel like everything and kitchen sink is against us. It’s not just teenagers that wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Fear not, we’ve got your happy hormones covered to help you work through those tougher days so you’ll be feeling back to your old self in know time.
Exercise! This is so obvious. When do you ever hear someone say, ‘I feel terrible after that work out and I’ll never exercise again.’!? Raising your heart rate and getting your sweat on helps relieve stress and anxiety. You feel better afterwards knowing you’ve done your body good and it actually gives your mind space to think and process things. Your body releases endorphins, which are linked to making you feel good, and blocking out aches and pains.
Eat! But eating the right food is important. Oily fish, oats, bananas, berries and lentils should always be readily available in your kitchen. They each have their own unique ways of encouraging happy hormone release in your body.
Vitamin D! Get out in the sunshine- if you can. Not always possible with the typical British weather, but even when its raining, it’s worth a trip out for some fresh air. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to depression among other disease and illnesses so make those 15 minutes of sunshine a day a priority.
Meditate! This might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s worth a try on the days when nothing else works. Meditating for just a few minutes, a couple of times a day will help calm your mind and give your brain a chance to stop thinking. Afterwards it can often feel like a fresh start for the day. There are plenty of apps out there that teach and advise meditation.
Talk! Hopefully you’ve heard of the saying; ‘A problem shared is a problem halved.’ Just being able to speak about what is bothering you can help take some of the weight of your shoulders. Even if you don’t come to a solution, you’ll feel better being able to let out the stresses and pains you are experiencing. You never know who is going through similar issues.
Create! Being creative gives you a chance to express your emotions in a different way. Whether that’s through the form of art, dancing or singing. However you feel comfortable. It also helps distract your mind and it’s the perfect opportunity to blossom ideas.
Charity! Doing charitable work and helping others before yourself can really boost your self-esteem. Whether that’s helping out an elderly neighbour, donating to a food bank or working in a homeless shelter. It can be as big or as small as you feel comfortable.
Chill! Take time to chill. This is so important in a world that is constantly on the go and demanding. Time away from social media, TV, laptops and all technology gives your brain a chance to slow down and rejuvenate. Schedule these times into your diary to ensure you really do step away from the screen.
Smile! Do what makes you happy. If it’s taking a bath, cuddling with a significant other, taking your dog for a walk, hitting a punch bag, whatever makes you smile, make time for it.