Lift your mood with these hapiness top tips
Wednesday 18 February 2009
Feeling down? Grumpy? Bored?
We all have bad days and it seems there’s nothing but bad news around at the moment, so it’s not surprising we’re feeling a little gloomy.
But don’t fear, Closer’s here!
Winter has nearly gone now but until the summer sunshine comes to cheer us all up we thought we’d give you a few ideas on how to perk yourself up a bit!
Have a clear out
Sounds simple, but de-cluttering your wardrobe will make you feel productive and cleansed!
Get one important thing done
Sometimes it feels like you have a million and one jobs to do, so do just one, make a to-do list for tomorrow and then forget about it for the rest of the day! That way you’ll feel less bogged down and more organised!
Try out a new workout DVD or do some yoga, go for a walk or just dance around the house! Exercise releases the feel-good hormone endorphine and will make you feel tons better.
Whether it’s a little party dress or that new bestseller - forget the depressing credit crunch for a minute and allow yourself one little treat . Everybody loves a pressie after all, but don’t make it too extravagant because you’ll only regret it later!
Listen to music
Turning up your favourite tunes is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Dance around the room to Girls Aloud or belt out some of the classic oldies – whichever you prefer, you’re bound to end up laughing at yourself!
Make sure you take some time out to relax, have a long soak in the bath or curl up with a good book. I’s important to unwind and allow yourself some stress-free ‘me time’.
Arrange to see friends
It’s always good to have something to look forward to! Arrange a night out or hit the cinema with all the girls. You’ll have something to focus on and work towards.
If you’re not feeling tip-top it’s probably the last thing you want to do, but trust us, smiling is contagious! Smile at a passer-by in the street and wait until they smile back - you’ll instantly feel much better!
Go for a walk
Simple but effective: Wrap up warm and head out for a brisk walk around the block, take deep breaths and hold your head up high, study your surroundings – you’ll see little things you’ve never even noticed before!
Get a good night’s sleep: There’s no harm in heading to bed early, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day. Insufficient sleep will only leave you feeling lethargic, grumpy and unable to concentrate.
By Sarah Williams