22 January 2017

Four Ways To Make Yourself Feel Instantly Happier

The post festive season is somewhat depressing. It's cold, its raining and christmas is over meaning you no longer have an excuse to stuff your face with mini chocolates. It's easy to slip into a grump and just glide miserably towards summer but time is not to be wasted, so I wanted to share four things that put me in a better mood instantly. 

Listening to music is the first. A day for me, does not pass by without music. In my car on the way to work, playing whilst I have a bath and in bed before I sleep as I scroll through instagram. 

The right song can really alter your mood and tap into your emotions, so when I'm feeling down 10 minutes of quiet time with my head phones in forever does the trick

My favourite songs to lift my mood are Kamikaze - MØ, Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do and Michael Jackon -Human Nature, they soothe any grumpiness and always settle me before a deep sleep! The kind of songs you never tire of. 

I've recently got back into reading

My taste in books is not overly fancy. I love a romance and I like to read to relax and switch off, so something light is always my choice. What kind of book you want to read is entirely up to you, it's the action of engaging your brain in something fictional that will completely distract you from everything else, including that bad mood you were in. 

Some recent favourites of mine are Billy & Me by Giovanna Fletcher, The I Heart Series by Lindsey Kelk and Matched by Ally Condie. 

The next one is sure to get some eyes rolling but exercise always lifts my mood. Albeit on a cold morning or evening after work it can take some convincing to get my butt to the gym but once i'm there and especially after a good workout, I feel SO much better. It doesn't need to be something intense, a swim, gym class or even some yoga at home gets your heart pumping and sets off or ends the day well. I love Yoga with Adrienne for an at home exercise. 

Something all three of these have in common is that they don't necessarily require you to be on your phone, of course you may need your iTunes but instagram and twitter is not on the list. Which brings me to my final method. Putting away your phone. I found myself a few nights go scrolling through Facebook and seeing nothing but bad news. I like to stay connected but there's a line and I am a firm believer in what you don't know can't harm you. Filling our minds with endless negativity 24/7 will do nothing for your mood, so taking an hour out away from it all is so essential. 

What do you do to combat the winter blues?



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