They work for me. Who knows whether they’ll work for you? Try them one day and see?
Eat porridge oats in the morning in winter.
I know. It’s not the first thing you’d think of. But winter can be depressing and depression is stressful. Scots porridge oats have a very strange – almost supernatural – capacity to enhance your mood, cheer you up and fuel your day. I’m not kidding and I’m not working for a porridge company. Try it!
Look up at the sky.
Doesn’t matter whether you’re stuck in traffic or walking in a sunlit flowery meadow. When you look up at the sky you get a wider perspective on life. Even if it’s cloudy. Escape to Cloud Nine even if it’s just for a moment. If you can gaze up at a cloudless blue sky, even better.
Eat salmon. Those omega-3 fish oils protect your cardiovascular health. What’s less well known is that increasing omega-3 intake also boosts your mood and has positive effects on mental health.
Make your home more comfortable.
Maybe this means re-painting all the walls. Maybe it just means tidying up. But where you live is important. You spend lots of time at home and your home should be your haven. An old English saying is “An Englishman’s home is his castle.” It means whatever else is happening in your life you have the right to feel at home – comfortable and secure – when you’re, well, at home.
Spend a bit of time in the sun. Gentle sun rays in the morning or late afternoon do you a lot of good. They enhance mood, replenish stocks of vitamin D and all-round cheer you up. Get some light in your life. It will do you good!
See friends. Don’t just chat on boring old Facebook or soundbite Twitter. Make the effort to see them – in person not via webcam. Making personal contact with friends is a hugely important human activity and can reduce prssure and stress.
Take some exercise. No-o. Not the jigging about to frenetic music type. Just walk. Or walk reasonably quickly. Preferably, walk in an area that’s easy on the eye or, even better, an area that’s beautiful. As you move and take pleasure in what you, see your heart and blood pressure will benefit and you’ll remind yourself how much beauty there is in the world.
Beauty is a big factor in countering the pressure of everyday life. Seek it out every day. Even if you see or touch or hold or witness just a little beauty every day you’ll be well on the way to countering the pressures and hassle of daily life. The aim is to experience enough beauty every day that you live with the feeling that beauty outweighs trouble or negativity. You may find it in the form of a peony, an animal, a kind gesture, a work of art… Wherever you find it, beauty will boost your mood and remind you that life is really worth living.