Five ways to lift your mood this week

It's easier to slip into a mundane routine than it is to find ways to climb out of one, so we've done the legwork for you.

Here's five easy ways you can lift your mood this week ✅

#1: Set your expectations to 'realistic' ⚖️

You don't need to attain perfection in every aspect of your life today, but wouldn't it be great to do a really great job at something today? 

Set a small, specific and attainable goal for today, and once you've achieved it, set another and keep the momentum going.

Each time you complete a goal, you'll stock up on enthusiasm, motivation and drive to keep going.

#2: Trade caffeine for serotonin 🥝

Although caffeine may perk you up, foods that boost your serotonin levels are often also good for your health, plus, you'll feel great about looking after yourself.

Clean up your morning diet and try foods like walnuts, kiwis, sour cherries and/or pineapple – all of which are naturally high in serotonin.

Food which are high in trytophan also encourage the production of serotonin. Try adding these items to your diet today: turkey, fish, chicken, cottage cheese, nuts, eggs and/or beans.

#3: Ask someone about their day 💁🏻‍♂️

Make sure you listen more than you speak.

It's not difficult to get caught up in your own busy agenda so much that stepping out of your own mind and into someone else's can be really refreshing.

As a bonus, you'll brighten up their day and perhaps even start to look at your own trials and tribulations differently.

#4: Let the light in 🌞

Is it sunny outside? No? Well still open the blinds to let the light in.

Sunlight allows your body to produce more vitamin D providing a range of health benefits for bones, and teeth. It'll also protect you against cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis – what's not to want?

Light can also play a big role in your mood, thoughts and feelings. Natural lighting through windows has a peaceful and calming effect. 

#5: Take a reflection break 💆🏼

Mindfulness has taken centre-stage over the last few months, and for good reason – it's keeping us sane!

Take some time out to have a walk or listen to calming music. This will allows you to be at one with your thoughts. You'll quickly start to feel more grounded and you'll feel your mood lifting.