We can all feel sad and a little under the weather from time to time, and it can really affect our day-to-day lives. While it is perfectly normal to feel sad or even a little frustrated sometimes, we should try to make sure it’s not ruining our entire day! Here are eight simple tips that will shift your mindset and will also help to boost your mood…
Move Your Body
When you are slumped on the couch feeling miserable or angry, the last thing you want to do is get up and exercise. While you don’t need to kick-start a brand-new, intense workout, moving your body can really help shift your mood. Exercise releases endorphins in the body, which naturally improve your mood and increase your levels of the ‘happy chemical’ serotonin.
You will be amazed at what ten minutes of activity can do for your body, and your mind. Gently warming your body up and reminding yourself of your ability to move is something you can do at any time of day. Take a quick break at work to do a few laps of the office, and perhaps go for a wander on your break if you are feeling a little frustrated or under the weather.
Dehydration can have lots of physical effects on our bodies, such as headaches, dry skin and irritated eyes. These symptoms, as well as the dehydration itself, have an effect on our minds and moods. Staying hydrated is key to having a healthy body, and really helps keep our minds engaged and focused. It is no surprise, really, that being dehydrated can make us feel grouchy, miserable and feeling like we don’t have any energy.
Aim to drink at least 2 liters of water each day. It may sound like a lot, initially, but it is pretty easy when you break it down – this works out as around 8 glasses per day. If you are struggling to drink water on its own, opt for a herbal tea! Fennel tea is a delicious choice for anyone who needs a mood boost – it’s formed from a complex carbohydrate and will help your body produce more of that mood boosting serotonin.
If you are reading this and instantly panicking about your bank balance, don’t worry – you don’t need to buy anything! For free ways to look after yourself, consider taking some time to do something that makes you feel good. Baking, reading and watching your favorite box-set from a den of cushions are all great ways to show some self-love. We all know that eating healthily and exercising are good ways to maintain a balanced body and mind, but we don’t always feel like doing that!
If your mind is telling you to take a time-out and nap, or eat chocolate, or have a long, hot shower, do it. Listening to our bodies and minds is the best way to tap into what affects our moods, and will help us improve them more efficiently if we get hit by the blues.
Grab a Snack
Our blood sugar levels can have a big effect on our moods. If you are finding yourself getting irritated easily, reach for a healthy snack. Go for something like fresh fruit or a handful of cashew nuts. Eating regularly throughout the day is a good way to maintain balanced blood sugar levels, which will help stabilize your mood and our energy levels.
It’s pretty easy to carry around snacks with you, so try making up your own trail mix in batches. You can also make energy balls – try mixing dates, cacao powder, coconut flakes and pecans in a blender! These will give you plenty of energy and only contain natural sugars, too.
It can be tempting to brush aside negative feelings and try to ignore them. This can often make things a lot worse in the long-run, as they simmer and often boil over at the worst possible times. Rather than refusing to acknowledge triggers that can start a downward mental spiral, start making a note of them.
One way to release stress is to literally release it. Sometimes, by simply writing down our worries, our minds can feel more at ease. Designate a notebook to your worries, and carry it around with you so that you can use it at work, or if you wake in the middle of the night. Getting something physically written on paper can help to shift it from our minds – sure, we’ll still think about it every so often, but it will be no longer in control of our moods.
Try and make this a regular positive habit so that it is part of your daily routine, and not just something you turn to when you are feeling blue. Take ten minutes out of your day to sit, on your own, and calm your mind. We all get caught up in our phones, laptops and TV shows, and it takes a while to train our minds to just ‘be’.
By meditating, you will be able to free yourself from your stresses and worries. Try and clear the mind, or, if this is too hard at first, focus on positive aspects of your life. It is important that you use this time to relax and self-soothe, and not just to panic and stress even more! Focus on your breath and let yourself melt into your positive thoughts.
Make a Small Change
Sometimes changing something small, physically, can really shift our mind-set and help to boost our mood. You know how good you feel about yourself when you wear your favorite shoes, shirt, tie etc. If you want an extra mood boost, make a small wardrobe change by wearing your favorite item of clothing and stepping into character as someone who looks great, feels confident and is ready for the day. It’s amazing how much of a difference this small change can make. Think of it as Feng shui for the body.
Listen To Music
Sometimes, all it takes to boost your mood will be to listen to a great song! Make yourself a fee-good playlist that you can reach for when you are feeling blue. Include your favorite music and start feeling instantly better. We tend to associate music with situations or memories, so find songs that remind you of happier times.
Go for the soundtrack of your favorite movie, songs you listened to on a great trip, or just some 90’s pop! It might not fix any long term issues, but it will cheer you up for now and will make a big difference to your mood.
Many of us can feel sad or a bit low from time to time, So, if you are in need a mood boost why not try some of the tips in this article.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
What are existential questions?
Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.
They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.
The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.
Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.
I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
1. Are there limits to human creativity?
2. What makes something beautiful?
3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?
4. Who am I?
5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?
6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?
7. Are we given enough time?
8. Is privacy a right?
9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
10. Are we alone in the universe?
11. What is love?
12. How would you define genius?
13. What do you think your purpose is?
14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?
15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?
16. Why do you think we are here?
17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?
19. What happens when I die?
20. What worries me the most about the future?
21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?
23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?
24. Does truth exist without evidence?
25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?
27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
28. Is it more important to love or be loved?
29. What would make the world a better place?
30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?
31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?
32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?
33. What advice would you tell your younger self?
34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?
36. What is the most important goal every person should have?
37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?
38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?
39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?
40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?
41. Where do you think we go when we die?
42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?
44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?
45. Is one lifetime enough?
46. What matters most in my life?
47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?
48. What is the meaning of life?
49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?
50. What does it mean to live a good life?
I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.
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