Lifestyle & wellbeing to help with mood swings
Exercising for 30 minute periods releases endorphins, those potent feel good brain chemicals, that lift your mood. If you’re not one of life’s natural exercise lovers, it might be time to think about taking up a low impact activity. Cycling, yoga or even brisk walking could help you to feel more positive, manage your mood swings and be beneficial to your overall health. Check out our vlog Fighting Fit with Sally, a fitness pro who showed us some simple exercises you can do at home.
Try a cold splash
Not for everyone, take a deep breath and consider cold water swimming. A survey in the Czech Republic found that daily swims increased the levels of testosterone and oestrogen levels in men and women. Cold water helps boost your immune system, helping to release dopamine and endorphins.
Swimming in an outdoor pool, the open sea, or a lake could lift your mood. It’ll certainly wake you up!
Mindfulness and making time for you
A daily dose of mindfulness can help to train your mind to change the way you see things. Try the ‘Headspace’ App for a ‘healthier, happier and more enjoyable life using proven meditation and mindfulness techniques’. You may see how negative thinking influences your moods. If this isn’t for you make time each day that is just for you, where you can relax, breath slowly and just be quiet for a few minutes. Check out our vlog Yoga with Annie – Relaxation & Breathing Exercises.
If you’re getting poor quality sleep, interrupted by night sweats, insomnia or anxiety, it’s no surprise that you’re struggling to maintain an even mood. Try to follow the same bedtime routine throughout the week, avoiding late meals, caffeine and alcohol. Avoid catnaps late in the day to help you get the best quality sleep. Maybe take a warm bath and burn a sleep-inducing essential oil such as Vetiver Oil. Use calming techniques like deep breathing, mindfulness or visualisation to get to sleep or back to sleep.