As the weather starts to warm up, the nights are getting lighter and life starts to get back to the new normal following the past two years of the pandemic here are some suggestions to elevate your mood as we head in to summer.
Consider Mindfulness for a Moment
The concept of mindfulness is now trending, but when we encourage spending a "mindful moment," what we truly mean is taking a breather every day to centre yourself and notice the present moment.
It's unlikely that your mindful moment will be the same as someone else's. Perhaps you'd like to express your gratitude in a gratitude notebook, or perhaps you'd like to lose yourself in a sweaty workout or simply listen to your favourite podcast on a dog walk. Taking time each day to do something just for you, whatever it is, will be really beneficial.
Enjoy The Great Outdoors
Taking advantage of getting outside to exercise is one positive that many people will have taken from the lockdown of the past few years. While the days are still short, (they are slowly growing longer), taking a half-hour or even an hour during your lunch break to step outside your front door and get your steps in is a terrific way to bring structure to your day and clear the cobwebs!
The importance of a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet cannot be underestimated. Whilst we make frozen pre-prepared ready meals for rushed mealtimes when cooking isn't an option we love the process of making our meals from scratch. The process of chopping and creating meals for family and friends that are appreciated is great for your mind.
Keep in Touch
Many of us will have felt disconnected from and missed our friends during the pandemic. Last-minute dashes to the bar were a thing of the past, and while working from home has its advantages, it can be lonely for some.
While you may be weary of Zoom calls (and we don't blame you), don't underestimate the healing power of a good friend or family member. Picking up the phone for a check in can be a major mood booster for both you and the person on the other end of the line, so the next time you're idly scrolling through that Amazon Prime list, pick up the phone and say hi instead.