Get more Sun Light: Not getting enough sunlight can really effect our mood, it can leave us feeling tired, sluggish and generally low. Why not plan your daily walk for when the sun shines brightest? This can be hard to do when working long hours so why not take advantage of your lunch break to take a brisk walk before the light is lost.
Stay Connected: Spend time with people who make you feel good. A quick phone call, meeting for coffee or going for a walk with someone you care about can lift your mood. It can be easy in the cold weather to make excuses such as ‘it’s to cold’ or ‘look at that rain i am not going out in that’ but giving in to these thoughts over time can leave us feeling isolated and depressed. Make the effort to keep in touch with the people who make you feel good and you won’t think twice about the rain!
Eat Healthy: Let’s be honest when it is cold and dark we all crave high calorie comfort food. It can be so tempting to call for a take away or sit on the couch with a tasty variety of junk food while watching a movie. That can be done on occasion of course as a treat but on a day to day basis eating fresh vegetables, fruit, salads, home made soups etc and preparing healthy meals yourself can really give your mood a lift. Not only will you feel healthier because you are providing your body with better nutrition you will also feel lighter your mood should improve too!
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Exercise: Don’t be scared I don’t mean run 5k every day! Going for a 20 minute walk each day will help to lift your mood, increase your energy levels and provide a sense of achievement because you set a goal and stuck to it. If that sounds to daunting set a smaller goal like walking to the shop or once around the park just getting exercise will lift your mood so why not give it a go and let me know how you get on!
“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” Paulo Coelho
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This is a great video to explain how depression can affect a person and can perhaps aid someone in explaining how they feel when asking for help.
Mental Health is paramount to our happiness and ability to cope with life’s stresses. Lets break the taboo and start talking openly about mental health, to many people suffer in silence. Stop the judgement and start the healing! Start the conversation today….
“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown
Only you can make the changes you want to see in your life happen. Take control, be open to accepting help and never be afraid to fail. If we never try we can never succeed! Believe..