Having an ‘off day’ or week? Not feeling quite like yourself? I know, I’ve been there. In fact, most of last week was that way for me. Usually, I can put down my ‘off-ness’ to being over tired, and the best thing I can do is have an early night and catch up on some sleep. But, if that doesn’t help, or it’s 10am and having a nap is not an option, here are a few suggestions what you can do to feel a little better about yourself.
1. Go for a walk.
Exercise is a proven way to feel better when you’re feeling low, but I know it’s hard to get any tougher workouts done when you’re not feeling it. Going for a walk will kill two birds with one stone; walking is exercise, something you can just ‘do’, and being out in nature and fresh air is another way to instantly improve your mood.
Meditation calms your mind and makes you present and mindful. And no, you don’t have to do it for long periods of time. 3-5min can be enough to clear your head and centre yourself.
Sit or lay comfortably in a quiet place where you won’t get disturbed. Are you at work? Go to the toilet. Close the door and sit down with your feet flat on the ground and you hands on your knees. Close your eyes and breathe slowly through your nose. Thoughts will come in to your brain, especially if you’re new to meditation, and that’s ok, it takes practice to quiet you brain. The easiest way is to try to focus on your breath. Feel it as it comes in through your nose down to the back of the throat and down to the lungs and then back out again. Try to keep this you focus.
There are of course lots of different meditation techniques out there and I won’t go in to all of that in this short space, but yeah, meditation will make you grounded and present and will (hopefully) make you feel better.
3. Correct your posture
My favourite, because it’s so easy to do! And it works.
Stand up tall, don’t slouch. Good posture can improve your oxygen intake. When you’re hunched over, your lungs may not be working to their full capacity, so stand up straight, that will allow more room in the chest for breathing. This will give you more energy and will often make you feel better.
4. Write down everything you’re grateful for right now.
Gratefulness is another way to make you present and mindful, it will put things in perspective. Maybe it’s your kids, or your fantastic job or maybe the only thing you have to be grateful for right now is that amazing cup of coffee, but be grateful for it. Write that down. The more you practice acknowledgeing everything you’re grateful for, the more things you will realise you have to BE grateful for.
5. Give yourself some TLC
Do something that you love. Cook a nice meal, read a good book, soak in a bath, get a massage or a manicure (or paint your own nails) What ever you enjoy, make sure to make time for it.
As I wrote these down I realised how hard it was to keep it short and sweet, all of these tips could easily fill out a whole post individually, so I probably will dive deeper in to some, or all of them in the future.
But for now, I hope I helped you feel a little better.