6 tips to keep your moods in check
So many things happen during lockdown. It’s easy to lose that cheer that time with family and friends can bring, those hard-earned vacations get cancelled and our day to day routines are thrown out of the window. You might find yourself or those around you experiencing some mood changes – here’s 6 different ways that you could tackle that.
1. Move your body every day
One of the most important commitments you can make to yourself is keeping your body in motion. According to Harvard Medical School, getting in 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity per week and two days of muscle strengthening activities is a sensible goal. This can look like a 21 minute daily walk, or, if you find it is impossible to to find the time to move every single day, a 30 minute burst activity five times per week. A walk or run are great free ways to get some movement in, but if your schedule and finances permit, you can pour in some creativity to your workout, even from home. Research whether your gym or studio offers online classes or simply do a quick cardio circuit search on YouTube.
2. Chase the daylight
Soaking in vitamin D is essential for your health, both mental and physical. By exposing yourself to sunlight, your body increases its levels of serotonin – a mood-boosting chemical which lowers levels of sadness or depression. Spending time outdoors can also increase levels of melatonin, which lower stress, and help strengthen your immune system.
3. Invest in a sunlamp or day light bulbs.
Special light that mimics nature. Invest in ways to bring a bit of daylight into your life if you’re stuck in an under lit home office. While there is nothing that can replace the vitamin D king himself, keeping a sunlamp nearby can positively affect your body’s sleep cycle and provide a mood boost. If you’re feeling gloomy, purchasing a sunlamp can be an easily accessible solution.
4. Prioritize Sleep
it’s no secret that maintaining a consistent sleep schedule has a plethora of health benefits. When we’re stuck at home, it’s easy to stay up too late or sleep in and get out of sync. Keeping up with restful slumber (yes, event on the weekends) keeps your body’s internal clock in check and can actually help you fall asleep and wake up more easily. Not to mention, getting quality Z’s can dramatically improve your mood. At the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found that subjects limiting their sleep schedule to 4.5 hours per night for one week reported feeling stressed, angry, sad and mentally exhausted. When increasing their sleep intake, their mental state received a huge boost.
5. Keep a regular routine
A consistent routine lets your body when it is time to wind down or prepare for activity. After a long day at work, whether you’re an essential service or you’re at home, set some time aside to treat your body and mind to a relaxing act of kindness. In your routine, especially if you’re at home looking at screens – make sure you make time to distance yourself from your work environment or put the devices away for a set time.
6. Lose yourself in a new hobby
Research has shown that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from low moods and depression. Being cooped up indoors during lockdowns and stay at home orders is the best time to try something new. It could even lead for heartwarming bonding moments among family members with a new shared interest.
Some ideas for new hobbies
- Virtual lessons
- Learning a new language
- Board Games
- Lego Kits
Do you have any tips for surviving another Lockdown? Let us know below!