6 Tips to Boost Your Daily Mood (that are completely free!)

I’m sure you’ve all gathered by now that I’m all for improving our mental health. I think that mental health is just as, if not more, important than our physical health. I don’t think it’s possible to talk about one without the other. But how can you improve your mental health? Of course there are large life decisions we can make to improve (or indeed worsen) our mental health, such as the career path we choose, where we live, the relationships we nurture, the foods we eat… but how can we boost our mental health daily? And for free?

  • Do some instagram / social media blocking / cutting : This I urge you to do now. In fact stop reading this, and do it. One of my absolute favourite quotes is “comparison is the thief of joy”. I sometimes find myself doing it – scrolling Instagram and comparing myself to people. Then I quickly put it down because I feel worse than before. Maybe someone is on holiday and I want to be there, maybe someone is sharing how much they’ve earnt and I feel I should be earning that much. Famously Instagram (and other social medias) can trigger feelings of shame associated with our bodies as we constantly compare ourselves to PTs, models, actors and so on.
    To stop this daily feeling of insufficiency, go to your following list and unfollow accounts which don’t make you feel good, or maybe fake / filtered. Your self-esteem and mental health will thank you later.

    Tip : I have sat and unfollowed a from my following list but I also do it continuously when using social media for good practice.
  • Get outdoors : even if it’s just for 5 minutes whilst you drink your morning coffee (hello summer and lighter mornings!). Getting outdoors, and in the sun, increases your serotonin levels (the feel good hormone). Try taking a walk a lunch, a call outside, or getting off your commute a stop or two early. Even if it’s cloudy? Yep, the sun may not feel strong but you’ll still reap those benefits.
  • Make a social connection : especially face-to-face. We’re social beings and this is reflected in our reactions to social interactions. Talking face-to-face to people can reduce stress and boost your mood, especially if we feel that the other person cares.
    Personally as I work from home, this is the one I struggle with the most. It’s so easy to hibernate from people and get on with my work. But I’ve noticed I can feel lonely at times. Because of this I always make an effort to have an ‘admin day’ with my very good friend Kajsa, and it’s my favourite day of the week.
  • Get active : being active is as good for the brain as it is the body. Regular exercise or activity can have a major impact on your mental and emotional health, relieve stress, improve memory, and help you sleep better.
  • Take up a relaxation practice : especially one which focuses on breathing, such as yoga, mindfulness, meditation, or deep breathing (obviously). Deep diaphragmatic breathing (through our nostrils) activates your vagus nerve, which is the nerve in your body that triggers your body’s relaxation response (or parasympathetic nervous system)
  • Prioritise sleep : Depression and sleep problems are closely linked. You probably know what a bad nights sleep feels like the next day – you’re irritable, short-tempered, and more prone to stress. Switching off screens at least an hour before bed can encourage a better nights sleep because the blue light from screens blocks the hormone melatonin (the sleep hormone). Want more tips on how to improve your sleep? Read this.

Now I’m not saying these 6 tips are going to cure an experience with depression, far from it. But they may be able to help boost your daily mood. And they’re all completely free. What’s the harm in trying? I’d love to hear how you get on in the comments section below.

Have a feel good day,

Love Emma x

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