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Stress Awareness Month – Boosting your mood techniques

Apr 27, 2017

It’s not only work life that can be stressful; trying to balance a busy home life alongside can take its toll. It’s so important to keep calm and stay organised, setting yourself short breaks in your daily routine whenever you can. In this third and final blog post on Stress Awareness, we discuss how to boost your mood techniques, allowing you to reduce anxiety levels and stay happy.

Deep breaths

The 20th March is known as the “International Day of Happiness”, and although this happens once a year, there’s no reason why every day can’t be a happy day. We wrote a blog recently focused on this day and how you can find your own personal “happy place”. Read it here.

During the rush of a busy and stressful day, it can be tricky to keep your mind at ease. Therefore it’s important to stop, take a deep breath and remember a time when you were at your happiest. Taking a step back to compose yourself is extremely important and can help you get through any situation. You may have read about Mindfulness and how that helps you relax, take those deep breaths and also take notice of what’s around you, making the most of your environment and the people that make you happy.

Healthy eating

As previously discussed in our “Stress in the workplace” blog, eating healthy is one of the best things you can do to improve your general mood. When overindulging in comfort foods such as crisps and chocolate it can make you feel lethargic and slow. Having a healthy balanced diet including fruit and vegetables will keep you motivated and make you feel better in body and mind.

Friends and family

When you feel stressed or upset, friends and family will always be there to make you feel better. You should never be afraid to speak out when you need someone to talk to, so why not pick up the phone and call a loved one for a quick chat? If you have the time, meet a friend for lunch or even just a coffee break. Taking a short time out for a friendly catch up could save you tremendous amounts of stress.

Upcoming events

From weddings to birthday parties, everyone has something to look forward to each year. If you find yourself stuck in a rut, think about what you could plan in, a holiday perhaps or maybe a road trip to visit some friends. Having something in the diary and events to look forward to helps you get excited about what’s to come and reduce your stress levels.

Animals

Everyone loves a little creature comfort once in a while, and studies have shown that when non-pet owners played with a dog for just a few minutes a day, their mood elevators rose. Spending time with animals can have a huge effect on your stress levels. Taking a leisurely stroll through the park to meet some fury friends could be just what you need.

Exercise

Keeping fit is a fantastic way to lift your spirits and reduce stress, even if it’s simply a walk to the shops every day. Anything that gets you moving naturally releases tension and provides you with a healthy alternative to a lunch break in front of the television. Once you motivate yourself to get outside, you’ll feel the benefits almost immediately.