5 Ways to Boost Your Mood This Winter

With dropping temperatures, chilling winds and plenty of rain, winter is the perfect time for the seasonal blahs. We can all agree that rugging up in front of a warm fireplace is nice for a night or two, but for three months? No thank you! If you could use a bit of a mental pick me up, keep reading because put together our 5 favourite ways to boost our brains during the winter months.

Express Gratitude

Gratitude improves happiness, well-being and mental health. The best-researched method is keeping a gratitude journal, if you’re an avid writer this is a great way to stimulate the brain and change things up. Once or twice a week, choose one act or person you’re grateful for and write a few sentences detailing why.

Not much of a writer? Why not pick a person you’re grateful for and give them a call to let them know why! It’s a great conversation starter and you’ll be sure to brighten someone’s day.

You might notice that you’ll begin to seek the positive, rather than the negative.

Exercise

Exercise releases endorphins which are a great mood booster and help to relieve stress. If the rain is stopping you from going for a walk outside, tackling some household chores that get you moving between rooms or floors is a great way to add more activity to your day. If you’re out and about opt for the stairs and skip the elevator. You should aim for 30 minutes of movement a day!

Spoil Your Senses

One of the best ways to ground yourself and find calm is to engage your senses. For some people, it’s the smell of freshly ground coffee or squeezing a stress ball. Others might find joy in an uplifting song or listening to rain fall onto the roof.

Each person’s relationship with their senses is slightly different, so you might need to experiment a little to find what calms you.

Lose Yourself

Sometimes we find ourselves getting caught up in life so it’s important to step back and take a moment or two for ourselves. Doing something you love allows you to forget about life for a while.

You might get lost reading your favourite book, or take some time to start that puzzle you’ve always wanted to do. It could something as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee on the front porch watching the world go by.

You don’t have to be a parent, a spouse, or an employee – you can just be.

Find a Furry Friend

Interacting with our four-legged companions lowers the stress hormone cortisol and raise the feel-good hormone oxytocin. It also lowers blood pressure and eases loneliness and depression. Sounds like a win-win to us!

Don’t have a pet? You can get your weekly fill of furry fun by walking a friend’s dog, visiting one of Adelaide’s cat cafes and enjoying some kitty cuddles or you could volunteer at a local shelter.

Any excuse to cuddle an animal is a good enough excuse for us!

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