The limited routine of life in social distancing has coincided, unfortunately but not unexpectedly, with a significant drop in my mood day-to-day.
However, instead of sitting around and moping about it (because, who does that help?) I have started jotting down some quick and reliable daily activities that I can rely on to help lift my mood when I am feeling down.
If you’re struggling with this new ‘normal’, I hope some of these simple daily hacks will be useful to help boost your mood when you need it. Remember to add some of your own hacks to the list, but also don’t feel bad if you need to spend a day feeling sad to get it out of your system. There’s no right or wrong way to respond to this weird situation, just try and do what you can to keep yourself safe, healthy and happy.
I hope these tips will give you a little boost to keep you going throughout the day!
Have a cold shower
This is great way to start your day or to kick you out of a slump. I know it sounds intense, but the shock of the cold water will help you to feel more alert and focused!
Do some stretches or a quick yoga session
Stretching your body will help you to feel more awake and ease any tension, especially if you’ve been sat hunched over your laptop or lying in bed for a while. Yoga with Adriene offers a whole YouTube playlist of videos that are under 10 minutes so they’re perfect for a quick boost.
Get some fresh air
If you’re fortunate enough to have a garden then take advantage of it! Even if you don’t, open a window up wide and breathe in the fresh air. I have noticed recently how much more appreciative I am of fresh air and a cool breeze. Take some deep breaths and enjoy the pause.
Do a short meditation
Focusing on your breath is a great way to feel more relaxed and centred. Sit in a quiet space and focus on breathing in and out, deeply. If you have a meditation app then stick on a short guided meditation and allow yourself to be present in the moment.
Drink a glass of water
This sounds so simple but so many people don’t drink enough water each day! If your head is feeling fuzzy or you’re just feeling a bit off, pour yourself a glass and make sure you drink it all. You might be surprised at how much better you feel by doing this one simple task.
Get properly dressed
If you’re working from home, or just spending a lot of time at home, it can be tempting to sit around in your pjs or slouchy clothes, but after a while this will start to make you feel lethargic and not so great. It takes just a few minutes to pull together a quick outfit but it’ll make you feel so much brighter and like you are ready to take on the day.
Play your favourite song
If I am in a bad mood, I like to pick one of my favourite songs and play it really loud. You can sing, scream, dance, punch the air – whatever you need to do. My personal favourite is Happy Song by Bring Me The Horizon (pretty apt, hey?).
Text or call a loved one
Another great way to boost your mood is to connect with someone, especially if you’re feeling a bit lonely at the moment. Send a message letting them know you’re thinking about them, or give them a call for a quick catch up.
Tidy up your space
Cluttered surroundings can make things feel unnecessarily busy and draining, so give the space you’re in a quick tidy so you’ll feel more fresh and focused.
Jot down your thoughts or a gratitude list
If your mind is racing or you’re feeling down about the current situation, take some time to write down and work through your thoughts. Acknowledging your feelings and what’s bothering you is a great way to take steps to help change it. You could also take the time to jot down 3 things that you’re grateful for, even if it’s just the sun shining, your cat sleeping on your lap or the roof over your head.
Put your phone down in another room
It can be so easy to get sucked into a black hole on your phone. If you’re feeling foggy headed and lethargic, but spending a lot of time on your phone, why not try putting it in another room for 5 minutes? Hopefully, in this time, you can find something else to focus your mind on and take you away from the endless scrolling.
What 5 minute hacks do you like to do?
I’m always looking for new ways to help me feel better during the day so share your ideas in the comments!