There is no doubting the last year has been one of the most trying for a long time. The level of social upheaval around the world and a marked change in how we have to carry out our daily tasks have had a massive effect on our well-being.
It will come as no surprise that people are more stressed and justifiably anxious about everything that is going on, in some cases to the extent where they forget to take time to look after themselves. If you are one of those who have not been feeling at their best for a while and have realized that you’re overdue some serious ‘me’ time, here are a few suggestions on ways you can boost your mood when it matters most.
Go for a walk in daylight.
You won’t believe how many boxes a lunchtime walk ticks. Firstly, it forces you to stop and take a break, but don’t worry about it ‘losing’ you some working time, the chances are this break will make you more productive in the afternoon. You are obviously getting some exercise you otherwise wouldn’t, and getting some air (depending on where you work, it might even be fresh air) the benefits of which we already know.
It doesn’t necessarily matter that you’re walking more or less the same route every day, you can always plug into music, a podcast, or an audiobook to give each walk a slightly different feel. If your working day isn’t, like many people, the standard 9 to 5 – there could be an opportunity to take your walk before or after your shift.
Help yourself by helping others.
If you are one of the many people who get a great feeling of well-being from helping others, then this could be the perfect answer for you. The current situation has left many people in need of a helping hand, so the opportunities to get involved are as numerous as they ever have been.
Volunteering to help a charity or center that cares for others can be a massive win-win situation for you to become involved in, and if you don’t feel that you have the time but still want to help out, you could always donate money to a charity, either a local one or one that helps people worldwide, like the Red Cross.
Take up a new hobby or pastime.
There are many benefits to having a hobby. Clearly, there is the distraction from all of the things that may be going on, and with a new hobby that is something you’ve always wanted to do, you get the massive feeling of well-being from finally achieving that goal.
It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering or expensive (unless you want it to be) and the number of people that have found themselves de-stressing through knitting, crocheting scrapbooking, or journaling (which is a new term for keeping a diary) has grown massively in the last few years.
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