Consider fitting one of these 3 things into your weekend plans. You’ll feel better for it, Promise.
It’s extremely difficult to love somebody else and expect love in return if we don’t think we’re all that great to start with. But how do you do that whole ‘love yourself’ thing?
Well you start by eating right and exercising, which we’ve covered this week, but step three is to look after yourself emotionally. What does that mean? It means you take time out and do something for yourself that you enjoy — nourish the soul, you know?
Because you can be eating all your vegetables and kicking ass in your netball team, but without a healthy mind, all that other good stuff means nada. You need your zen time – time to reset and re-balance and be completely selfish in order for you to be the best you can be.
So find something you love doing — reading, walking, dance classes, hanging with a friend, watching a movie, lying on the beach, running on the beach, swimming, skiing, rock collecting — whatever it is, just take some time out and do it for yourself, not for anyone else.
My top 3 mood-lifting activities:
1. Meditation and yoga: you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times but mediating and yoga really is my favourite way to feel balanced and decrease anxiety. Download some apps and start your well-being journey with just 5-10 minutes a day.
2. Hang out with a (funny) buddy: socialising increases your feel good hormones and laughing decreases anxiety and produces serotonin in the brain, creating that warm feeling that makes us happy.
3. Sleep: when we are run down and sleep deprived it wreaks havoc on our mood. I need at least 7-9 hours sleep a night and if I can’t get that, I love a good 20 minute power nap in the day to re-energise, and shift my outlook if I’m having a rough day.
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