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Tips to lift your mood
Shared by Ani Bolina
If you have 2 seconds…
Smile! Consciously activating your grin (otherwise known as faking it!) releases the same happy chemicals in the brain as smiling spontaneously.
If you have 10 seconds…
Drink a glass of water. Mild dehydration can leave you feeling ‘meh’, affecting your mood, energy levels and ability to think clearly, according to research from the University of Connecticut. Being mildly dehydrated means losing 1.5% of your normal water volume – yet we often don’t feel thirsty until we’ve lost 2%. ‘Drinking a glass of water takes seconds and can instantly raise energy levels, lifting your mood,’ says Slimming World nutritionist Jenny Barber.
If you have 12 seconds…
Try this mini meditation technique from Camilla Sacre-Dallerup, the former Strictly Come Dancing star who’s now a life coach and hypnotist. ‘Simply breathe in for a count of four, breathe out for four, then hold your breath for four,’ she says. ‘It’s great for your emotional wellbeing, as it can instantly help to diffuse everyday irritations.’
If you have 30 seconds…
Smell some fresh flowers (or spritz on a floral perfume). According to US research, this can help you feel both happier and more sociable.
If you have 60 seconds…
Release neck tension and give yourself a pick-me-up at the same time, says top personal trainer Dalton Wong. ‘While sitting on a chair, pull your shoulders back. With your left hand, hold the base of the seat. Place your right hand on top of your head and gently press above your left ear. You should feel a stretch on the left side of your neck. Hold for three long, deep breaths. Now tuck in your chin and look towards your right hip. You’ll feel the stretch all the way down to your left shoulder. Hold for another three breaths, then switch and repeat on the other side.’