Often when the stresses and strains of life are upon us, the last thing we want to do is exercise but the reality is- it’s exactly what we should do. Even just 30 minutes of exercise is enough to shift you into a better mood.
Exercise should never be a chore, it should be something you enjoy, so find the thing that works for you and get involved! Your physical health will improve through fitness and you’ll also be releasing those sweet endorphins which will elevate your mood, increase self esteem and reduce anxiety.
Here are my top tips for boosting your mood
Notice what’s going on in your body
When you tune your senses inwards and take note of any tensions and whether you’re feeling calm or stressed, you can choose your workout accordingly. If you’re super tired and your body is aching, you may find that a high octane HIIT class isn’t going to work for you but a gentle beginner’s Pilates or a restorative yoga based stretching class may benefit you during that time. On the other hand, you may have had a full on day in the office and the way you let steam off is by hitting an intense cardio workout.
Nourish your body
We get cranky when we are tired, hungry or stressed. Nourish your body with exercise, good food and sleep. This will all help to lift your mood.
Improve your posture
It is scientifically proven that standing tall and promoting good posture elevates your mood and provides you with confidence. Feelings of depression are linked to poor posture. Better posture allows your body to expand and signals to the brain that you’re in a stance of power. This can lead to a productivity boost and better self esteem.
Nothing is permanent. Chemical changes occur in the body all the time but the great thing is, we can choose to shift our mood and it can be done very quickly. Next time your feeling stressed or low, look to a form of movement whether that be a run, Pilates class, dynamic stretching or HIIT, for example; nourish your body with whole foods and make sure you get enough sleep.
Notice how things shift – fast!