You may be having a rough day due to some gloomy weather or disappointing news. Or, it may be because of a disagreement you had with a family member, friend or colleague. Whatever the reason is, here are five ways to brighten your day that do not require too much effort.
- Give something back. You might not feel your best right now, but it has been proven that moods can improve with random acts of kindness: helping someone with a chore, presenting a friend with a small gift or writing that note of appreciation you have been meaning to send.
- Get moving. Whether it is peddling around the neighbourhood on your mountain bike, swimming a few laps at the local pool or training all-out for a marathon, exercising improves your physical and mental well-being.
- Remove that frown. Even if you are faking it, a smile can improve your mood, confidence and the way others see you.
- Stay positive. Instead of dwelling on what is wrong, or what you feel is wrong, get into the habit of positive self-talk. Remember, the way you think affects the way you feel.
- Give yourself some credit. Just because you are having a tough day or you have run into a string of bad luck does not mean it has always been that way. List your achievements on a piece of paper, then take some time to be proud of what you have accomplished.
The best option when all else fails? Talk to someone. Whether it is a partner, friend, relative or a professional counsellor, contact with other people gives you a chance to talk through what is bothering you and lighten your mood.
Canadian Mental Health Association – Stress: www.cmha.ca/mental-health/your-mental-health/stress
Mental Health Commission of Canada: www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English
Government of Canada – Mental Health and Wellness: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/healthy-living-vie-saine/mental-health-sante-mentale/index-eng.php
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