6 ways to boost your wellbeing now
Low mood? Here are 6 mood boosting things you can do today!
Get your zzz’s
Sleep plays a key role in both your physical and mental wellbeing. A continued lack of sleep can negatively affect many functions, including your immune system and learning and decision-making abilities.
Sleep needs vary for different people, however in general The Sleep Health Foundation recommends 7 – 9 hours of sleep per night for people between the ages of 18 and 64, and 7 – 8 hours for people over the age of 65.
Ramp up the exercise and feel the benefits. Exercise can improve your mood thanks to the body’s release of endorphins and regular exercise can boost your energy and reduce your risk of developing health conditions and diseases.
Get your greens in
You are what you eat! So make sure you’re getting essential vitamins and minerals by eating your daily intake of 2 fruit and 5 vegetables. Steer away from processed foods and go for wholegrains that contain complex carbohydrates and leafy greens when you can.
Soak up some sun and some nature. Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and the UVs from sunlight is the best source. Between 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure per day should be enough to maintain your vitamin D levels, however the time can vary depending on your skin type, the time of year and the time of day, so be mindful of sun safety.
Just spending time outside can have a positive effect on your wellbeing. Studies have shown that being in nature can help to reduce stress and boost your mood. Get outdoors and have some fun, take a walk or get gardening.
Be sure to schedule in some friend time, as being with friends is fun and can help improve your wellbeing. Socialising with others can reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, and spending time with supportive friends can boost your mood and self-esteem.
Get friendly with animals
Pal around with your pet for an instant mood booster! Studies have found that the simple act of patting an animal can reduce stress and anxiety. If you don’t have the time or can’t take on the responsibility of a pet, volunteering at your local animal shelter is great way to interact with some furry friends while also helping animals in need.
We all experience stress, anxiety and low mood sometimes, however, if these feelings become overwhelming or persist make sure you talk your doctor.