Everyone can do with a little positive attitude as we ride out the January blues. Here’s 25 ways to boost your mood
1. Brain workout
Author of The Science of Staying Young, John E. Morley suggests Sudoku, word games and comic strips can all help to give the brain a mini workout and keep it healthy. If you want to up your game, try learning to play a musical instrument or a foreign language.
2. Eat broccoli
Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K which enhances cognitive function and improves brainpower – all helping to boost your mood.
3. The happy challenge
More than eight million people worldwide have accepted the #100happydays challenge to make happiness a habit. The idea, coined by Ukrainian author Dmitry Golubnichy, is to do something that makes you happy for 100 days in a row. 100happydays.com.
4. The science of sleep
Sleep has a massive impact on wellbeing, yet it is often overlooked. The Sleep Council is hoping to make the importance of good sleep as well-known as taking regular exercise and eating right. Head to sleepcouncil.org.uk for tips on getting a better night’s sleep and how it can boost your mood as a result.
5. Add some colour
Invest in something that will bring you joy every day.
6. Sleep catch up
Not all of us can guarantee the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night during the week but scientists now believe we can catch up on at the weekend to cancel out some of the risks associated with lack of sleep. Sunday lie in anyone?
7. Learn to draw
There are countless benefits to painting and drawing from increased creativity to improved memory, communication skills and stress relief.
8. Read a novel
Scientists in America have found that reading a novel can improve brain function. The Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia found that reading a good book can trigger actual changes in the brain that linger for at least for a few days after. Have you got the latest page turner at home?
9. Arrange a playdate
Spending time with your BFFs can make you happier, according to psychologists Ed Diener and Martin Seligman. They found that ‘very happy people’ were social beings and had stronger relationships than ‘less happy groups.’ So, pop a few extra playdates in your diary this month and you’ll definitely boost your mood.
10. Treat yourself
Okay, so it’s not scientifically proven but we all know how happy a little bling makes us…
Floating is great for stress relief, depression and concentration which can all have an effect on the brain. Check out the dedicated floating pods at Time to Float in Stafford www.timetofloat.co.uk.
Magnesium found pumpkin seeds, bananas, spinach and brussels sprouts is essential for learning and memory, as well as helping to ward off migraines, depression and epilepsy.
Get yourself a dinky little oil diffuser that can travel with you wherever you need to go thanks to a USB cable. You can reap the benefits of your favourite essential oil at home, in the car and at the office Check out www.liveinthelight.co.uk.
14. B12 boost
A B12 oral spray contains a boost of B12 to increase energy levels, concentration and reduce fatigue. It also aids normal psychological functions.
Some yoga asanas like Sarvangasana, Bhujangasana and Padahastasana boost memory power by increasing blood supply to the brain.
Yoga and meditation teacher Roxie Nafousi says mediation can really help to recharge the mind and boost your mood. “Meditating can be really hard and intimidating when you first start. It takes commitment, but when you break through you will reap the benefits! Start with just 3 minutes a day and build up from there.”
17. Create a memory box
Buy or create a memory box and fill it with everything that makes you happy. Keep it safe and it will always be there when you need it.
18. Just Breathe
Roxie adds: “If you are feeling stressed, anxious or uneasy, then slowing down and watching your breath is an easy way to bring your mind back to the present, whilst also stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system. Inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 2, exhale for 4. Repeat!”
19. Vitamin patches
Vitamin drips are the latest celebrity fad with everyone from Demi Rose to Rita Ora and Kim Kardashian undergoing the therapy which is said to help with anti-ageing, energy and weight loss. But if the thought of needles sends your legs to jelly, try the vitamin patch instead. Check out www.vitamininjections.co.uk.
20. Print off photos
Looking through photos on your phone is great but for a real serotonin boost it’s better to go old-school. Print off the pictures that represent your favourite memories and keep them in an album you can physically flick through, or better still hang them around your home.
21. Go to the movies
Take time out with a relaxing trip to the cinema. Now you can enjoy handmade reclining seats and an ultra-high-definition cinema experience with 4K projection and Dolby ATMOS 3D sound as you catch the latest blockbuster. Stafford’s new Odeon luxe cinema is open at Riverside Retail Park. mobi.odeon.co.uk/luxe.
22. Light therapy
Check out the Lumie Desklamp which can be used in the office or at home to lift mood, boost concentration, restore natural energy and treat the symptoms of SAD. www.lumie.com.
23. Take a mini-break
A study released in 2015 by the American Psychological Association concluded that taking time away from activities and environment you associate with stress can actually reduce it. So, there is only one solution – pack your bags and off you go!
24. Knowledge is power
Increase brain power with knowledge. Blinkist is a free app that condenses key insights from one best-selling non-fiction book a day into 15-minute audio and text abstracts. Perfect for all us too-busy-to-read women. www.blinkist.com.
25. New shoes
Finally, if all else fails, splash out on some mood boosting heels. How could Carrie Bradshaw be wrong so many times?