How are you all doing? Hanging on in there?! We have put together a top 10 list of mood boosting ideas to keep you going in these uncertain times and to help ease those stress levels....
1. Digital detox
Switch off those mobile phones, tablets and computers. Whether it's for 2 hours or 24, escaping from news, social media and WhatsApp chat groups will help lower your anxiety levels.
Crank up your favourite tunes, dance like nobody is watching and sing like nobody is listening! Get the whole family involved and have a dance around the kitchen. There are some brilliant mood boosting playlists on Spotify or you can create your own!
3. Laugh it out with Comedy
Switch on your favourite rom-com movie, TV sitcom or stand-up comedian (there is a great variety on Netflix at the moment) and laugh until your belly aches.
Love it or hate it, there is no denying what endorphins can do to your mood after doing as little as 30 minutes of working out. With the amount of work-outs available on YouTube at the moment there is no excuse to not jump up on your feet. The key is to find an exercise you an enjoy, if you like regular HIIT sessions then check out The Body Coach or if you like to burn those calories through having a dance off, check out the Pop Sugar Fitness channel.
5. Wardrobe refresh
Seeing as we're stuck indoors for the foreseeable, when was the last time you pulled out your entire wardrobe and had a mix and match session? Create a Pinterest board with outfit styles you like and see what colours make your eyes pop! If you have any clothes which you haven't worn for over a year, see if you can match them with any new clothes or just get rid (it can be amazingly cathartic)!
6. Mindful breathing
Lifestyle expert Jennifer Winsor, who writes wellness blog Waves and Willows, suggests that you "find a quiet space and get comfortably seated, if possible. Close your eyes, take a deep inhale and slow exhale, and observe how your body is feeling. Try to consciously relax your shoulders and any other areas where you are feeling tension. Continue to take deep inhalations, holding each one momentarily and then long, slow exhalations".
7. Virtual night in/coffee date
Plan a night in or coffee date with some friends or family. Set a date and time, get some drinks/coffee, snacks/cakes ready and use Zoom or House Party apps to have a good chinwag or organise your own quiz night.
8. Spa session
Put the kids to bed and give yourself a pamper session. Run a bath, put a scented candle on, add some relaxing music, slap a face mask on and RELAX! Take it one step further and give yourself a full facial (check out Pinterest for ideas) and do your nails too.
9. Practice gratitude
What are you grateful for? You may be feeling fed-up and trapped with the current situation but take a moment to think about what you have that others may not. Bullet point three things that you are grateful for and take a moment to reflect on these to help reduce your stress levels.
Do not underestimate the power of a hug. The best part about hugging is that it helps you get rid of stress with literally no effort at all. A 2014 study published in the journal Psychology Science found that getting close and hugging could help with stress levels.