We all have those days when for whatever reason you’re feeling a bit lower than usual. It’s okay, we all have them. Remember to be kind to yourself and then when you feel ready try using one or two of these simple tips to help boost positivity in minutes and get your week back on track…
Move - Sometimes it’s the last thing you feel like doing but there’s nothing moving to high-energy, feel-good music to drown out the blues. Turn up your favourite playlist and get started. I love to dance around the house but a brisk walk or jog works just as well. Just be sure to be active for at least 10 minutes to help those feel-good hormones start flowing.
Eat - Pause to enjoy eating something fresh that will naturally boost your mind and body. Avoid sugary snacks because although they can make you feel good temporarily, once the high has worn off, your sugar levels will come crashing back down, along with your mood.
Essential Oils - Aromatherapy can have a powerful impact on your mood. My favourite feel-good oils are sweet orange, grapefruit and peppermint. Carry a bottle of your favourite oil with you or try applying pre-blended oils to your pulse points. Try Pure Thoughts Strength Pulse Point Oil, a blend of uplifting rosemary and peppermint for a mood boost on the move.
Re-hydrate - Leave the caffeine and sugary drinks for another day and instead fill up on fresh water or herbal tea.
Plan - Take control of your day, if you feel overwhelmed by how much you have to do, then write it all down and ask yourself - 'if nothing else gets done today what are my 3 main tasks or intentions?' Circle them and make those the focus of your day.
Breathe - If your mind is racing, then mindful breathing can help. Sit comfortably and breathe naturally through your nose. Focus on your breath moving in and out of your body but resist the urge to control it. Thoughts and emotions will continue but don’t connect, simply let them pass by like clouds while you stay present with your breath. Do this for a few minutes and in no time you’ll feel more present and balanced.
Gratitude - It's said that we can’t feel negative and grateful at the same time. So, take a few minutes to think about all of the things in your life that you’re grateful for. There’s always something…clean water, a warm bed, your home, someone special - start where you can and the rest will flow. Read more about making developing a gratitude mindset.
Organise - If like me, you find peace in order and organisation; then find something to tidy or plan. It can be the smallest thing like re-organising your book-shelf, tidying your desk or making an appointment.
Take a Break - Stepping back from any situation helps you to gain some perspective. Take some time out for just a few minutes to take a walk, read, journal or pray.
Laugh - There's so much data that supports the positive effect that laughing has on our health and well-being. So, when you need to boost positivity, find your favourite funny movie clip, call a friend who always makes you smile or simply recall an event that made you laugh.
Increasing positivity is always a good thing but please choose what feels right for you rather than forcing it. It’s not a substitute for dealing with any larger issues that are the cause of your unhappiness but it can help to give you the motivation you need to take a step or two in the right direction.
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.