Are you having one of those days? We all go through times when it seems like everything is a challenge or we’ve got too much on our plates. If you feel like you’re juggling responsibilities or you’ve woken up feeling low or stressed, here are some 30-minute solutions you can try to lift your spirits. Next time you’re having one of those days when nothing is going right, these simple techniques could help to turn your frown upside down.
If you’ve been cooped up inside all day, take half an hour at lunch or a break during the afternoon to get some vitamin D, stretch your legs and clear your mind. Take some deep breaths, have a walk and enjoy being out in the open. Your serotonin levels are affected by the amount of oxygen in the body, so inhaling clean, fresh air will do your mood a power of good. If you take a break in the sunshine or go for a brisk walk on a chilly day, this will also energize and refresh you, and you’ll be ready to take on whatever the rest of the day holds.
Have you had a stressful day? Have you been feeling tense or fraught? Are you spinning plates at work or have you been dealing with tantrums at home or trying to get through a to-do list that seems like it has no end? Sometimes, when you’re busy, you need to take time out to rest your body and mind and release tension, and having a massage is a great way to do this. Massage is proven to boost the circulation, reduce muscle pain and make you feel relaxed. For half an hour, you can forget about whatever’s happened earlier in the day and just chill out. Close your eyes and enjoy a bit of pampering.
Do you feel angry or frustrated or do you want nothing more than to collapse into bed and sleep for hours? Whatever your mood, fitting in 30 minutes of exercise a day can have incredible benefits for your physical and mental health. When you work out, your serotonin levels increase, and your body also releases happy hormones, known as endorphins. If you’re tired and you need to unwind and shut off, activities like Pilates and yoga are an excellent choice. If you need to burn off excess energy, try something more intensive like boxing, kickboxing, spinning or martial arts. Hitting balls on a tennis court or a golf course can also be cathartic if you’re looking for an alternative to going to the gym.
If you’ve got thoughts swimming around your mind or you feel like you’re ready to explode, call a friend or speak to your mum or your sister. Offloading helps to prevent you from bottling things up and enables you to deal with your emotions. Often, getting things off your chest can make you feel better in an instant.
If you’re having one of those days, don’t let it ruin your mood for the rest of the day or the week ahead. Try these simple 30-minute solutions to lift your spirits, reduce stress and get you back on track.