Small Ways You Can Brighten Your Day
We all struggle from time to time, some more than others. Do you feel like you have a hard time staying positive? Does it feel impossible some days to shake off that sinking feeling? It can be hard to motivate or find the good in life sometimes, but there are ways to cope and bring light into your life. Mental health is essential to your overall health. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. While some conditions like anxiety and depression may be hard to cope with, there are little ways you can sometimes help yourself. Here are some easy ways to brighten your outlook when times get tough.
They always say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It replenishes your supply of glucose to boost your energy levels and alertness while also providing other essential nutrients required for good health. We know it can be tempting to skip it or just throw something small together, but starting with a good meal with all the essentials can set you up for more success. Check out these healthy breakfast recipes for ideas on how to improve your morning routine. Finding yourself low on time –here are some quick recipes for reference too!
This means being fully “present” or taking the time to take in the things going on around you. Notice the weather. Is it a rainy day? Take some time to listen to the raindrops patter. Is it a sunny day? Close your eyes and stand in it for a while to bask in the light. You want to be mindful and appreciate the little things, like someone’s cute outfit or a cute dog. There is a lot of beauty and good in the world when you take the time to look.
Let’s face it, whether you work on your feet or sitting, we all struggle with maintaining good posture. The health and mental benefits of keeping those shoulders back are many. It can boost your confidence, brighten your mood, reduce lower back pain, increase your energy levels, decrease tension, increase lung capacity, and more! Are you slouching now? Straighten up. Reminding yourself from time to time when you think of it can be helpful, but they also make back posture correcting tools. Check them out here.
Whether you have five minutes or a whole day, moving is essential for both your physical and mental well-being. People who exercise tend to feel less stressed, happier, and can boost things like their self-esteem and mood. Even if you have a time limit, you can try to walk around your yard or apartment, walk around the block, or just do some stretches near your desk. Giving yourself smaller goals can make things feel much more attainable and less daunting.
We all need outside time, just like we need time moving. You can combine the two, but even just sitting outside during the lunch break in the sun can give you a boost! Getting outside can help you clear your lungs, helps you energize yourself, and can help you relieve stress. Vitamin D can be a big pick-me-up.
Did you know that being thankful can help up uplift yourself AND others? Even if you don’t share it, gratitude and thinking about what you’re grateful for can help you lift your mood. Researchers have even found that being more grateful can affect how your brain works in a positive way! Why not try to practice more often by calling loved ones who have supported you, friends, partners, and even showing it to pets by giving love!
- Stop and smell the roses (literally).
Scents that you like, such as flowers, can lift your mood and even sometimes improve mental function. Fragrant plants can reduce stress when you have them around! This exercise of using your sense of smell can also help you ground yourself and appreciate the little things.
This may seem like a given, but laughter really can work wonders. In the short-term, laughter can stimulate your organs, relieve stress, and soothe tension. Long-term, it can improve your immune system, relieve pain, increase personal satisfaction, and of course boost your mood. Laughter isn’t a cure for everything, but it can help make life a little easier, even for a little while.
Most people have music they love. Listening to music, especially the upbeat kind, can change your mood for the better. Music can help you reduce stress, release negative emotions, sleep better, and improve your overall motivation! Break out that speaker, or put in some earbuds and jam out when you’re feeling low.
Most of us have specific time restrictions and routines we have to adhere to most of the time. There are benefits to being more spontaneous, however, such as being more flexible, relieving stress, and often making you feel happier. Just being open to spontaneous events allows our minds time to reflect rather than rushing from one planned activity to the next.
- Tell someone you love how you feel.
Being kind to other people can boost how you feel about yourself and your life. Is there anyone in your life you haven’t heard from in a while? Reach out to them via email, social media, text, or call to tell them how much they mean to you. It’ll brighten both of your days!
Why not put some of these things into practice? Small things can go a long way. Even if you try one of these things in your day, it can have a ripple-effect that will help you practice self-care and love for yourself little by little. Some days, it may be easier to feel happy and motivated and others not-so-much, but if you take things day by day and extend yourself patience, you’ll likely find it easier to brighten your outlook. Friday Health Plans believes in a holistic approach to your health, including your mental health. We want you to be your happiest, healthiest self.
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