Quarantine Rut? - Here Are Some Tips To Get You Out!

Changing your mood can be surprisingly quick and easy when you have the right tools, strategies, and methods.

All of us have days when we're just not with it.... You just wish you were in a better mood. You've had days like that, haven't you? Perhaps you tried to get yourself into a better state of mind but struggled to achieve it.

Sometimes we get stuck in our own emotional dumps and forget how easy it is to feel happier, so here are seven simple ways to lift your mood. Many people have found them useful. Some may even surprise you!

1. Go for a walk/run.

Most people know that going for a short daily walk or run is one of the best forms of exercise. When you are feeling down it is even more beneficial. If you can, go into a natural environment with plants and birds. It's important to be very present in these spaces. Focus all your attention outside of you. What do you notice first? The different shades of greenery, the fresh smell of air, the sounds of birds, or the sunlight shining through the trees? 

2. Listen to quality music.

This is one of my personal favourites! Music can shift a listener's state within moments. It's effect can be nearly magical. Dig out some of your favourite songs you haven't listened to in a while or tune in to your favourite radio station and have a good ole dancing sesh! 

3. Open yourself to discovering something new.

Read something (printed, not online) - the act of turning pages is therapeutic, try to read something different to what you would read

4. Find something to laugh at.

Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits. Have a face time date with your friends or family, read a humorous book/blog, Listen to a funny podcast or watch a comedy. 

5. Simple breathing meditation.

Don't sleep on this one, it's major! Breathing meditation is a great exercise that you can do anywhere. Simply allow yourself to sit comfortably with your back straight or lie down in a neutral position. Now close your eyes and become aware of the flow of air into your nostrils and out of your mouth. Aim for deep breaths that push your stomach out. Breathe in for 4 breaths, Hold for 4 breaths and out for 4 breaths. That's all there is to it. Repeat 10-15 times. Notice how pleasantly surprised you can be at how you feel afterward.

6. Candle lit, scented baths 

I personally do this every Sunday evening without fail. It's my time to just shut out from the world and unwind. I like to throw on some soothing music and a home made face mask so my face, body, mind and soul feels completely revitalised and ready to take on the new week

7. Practice Gratitude

The fact that you are reading this article suggests that you are probably much better off than most people on this planet. At times this may be hard to believe, but if you can read and have access to the internet, just those two things alone means you are better off than most people in the world. There are many human beings that barely have access to the basics of survival. There are people in lots of pain. Allow your compassion for them to grow. Write a list for all the things you are grateful and say thank you out loud for them. I'll start you off ... Thank you for my family who shower me with unconditional love, Thank you for my friends - the family I choose for your constant support, Thank you for my customers for choosing me you allow this girl to live out her dreams and I'm so happy that I can make you feel some joy in revitalising your skin again, Thank you to the roof over my head, Thank you to the food in my fridge, Thank you to my health .... go on... you've got this.

These are all pretty simple. There's nothing profound or life changing, but when all you need is a quick pick me up these may be just the thing you need. Putting simple ideas, methods, tools and techniques into action will help you achieve change more quickly and easily. 

Love, Good Health, Flawless Skin and Peace of Mind

Adwoa Xx