Wake up to your goals
How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day, and one of the best ways to start the day on a positive note is by focusing on your goals and tasks for the day. By consciously setting goals, you’ll feel more of a drive to accomplish them, and when you cross each one off your list, you’ll feel successful and in control.
Get off the couch
Studies have shown time and time again that exercise makes you feel better, particularly because it causes your body to release endorphins, those feel-good, stress-busting chemicals. You don’t have to train for a marathon, just take time to get that body moving for a while every day.
Hit the sheets early
How much sleep we need varies from person to person. To optimise your mental health, make a conscious effort to listen to your body and recognize when you’re more tired than usual. Lack of sleep leads to anxiety and low mood so be sure to get all the Zees you need.
Reach out and touch someone
Research has shown that a hug as short as 10 seconds releases the bonding hormone oxytocin. Even simply touching another person or just yourself—by putting one hand on top of the other, for example, or over your heart for about a minute—instills a sense of compassion that helps you relax.
Don’t resort to living your life on Facebook or Instagram. We all need real, physical contact with others to feel nurtured and fulfilled. Call supportive family or friends for a quick chat and make plans to see them often enough to help boost your mood.