Updated: May 5
Have you been feeling down lately? As the seasons change and daylight hours are reduced, it is not uncommon to feel a shift in your mood. At this time of year, anyone feel out of sorts at some time or another but the goal is to work your way back to present and centered as soon as you start to feel less than your best.
Here are some not so expensive ways to incorporate some TLC to get you back to you.
Turn On Some Music
Not the slow sad songs either. You need something with a faster beat, or listen to frequency music. You want to play something that makes you feel better and avoid anything that reaffirms what you don't want to feel.
Pour It Up
The G rated version of course. Are you drinking enough water? Just drinking a glass of water can change the way you feel but you'll have to stay hydrated to maintain it. Our bodies are 75% water so if you're not consuming enough your body will pull moisture from anywhere it can. Then you probably feel sluggish because your body is preserving and prioritizing what it needs to focus on to keep you close to balance.
Add lemon or any fruit to infuse your water, especially. Citrus is very helpful in waking you up. More energy- Better mood. Structured water is better than regular water but any water is better than none at all. If you don't like drinking water... [no judgement] opt for lots of watery fruit or coconut water. Either way... drink your water please and thank you.
Oh and room temperature water is recommended. Or warm water like tea with cinnamon and honey. Honey is not recommended for hot water because it changes the structure. Warm liquids/ teas can help relax your mind so your body can begin to restore it's natural balance. It's normal prefer warmer meals and drinks when the weather is on the colder side anyway.
Take a warm bath with scented oils like lavender or rose oil. Add some flowers and sea salt to your bath for detoxifying benefits too. If you have high blood pressure do not use sea salt.
Focus on Your breath
Fast breathing such as fire breaths [also called breaths of fire] help to wake you up by sending more oxygen to your brain and body.
Slow, controlled breathing such as breathing in for a count of 4 hold for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4 and holding for a count of 4 for a few rounds will calm you down your nerves. People who are anxious often have stomach issues... Trust me I know.
Get A Massage
A massage can be helpful in relieving tension stored in your body. Over the years tension has a way of binding you up literally. So invest in yourself by getting a massage to work some tension out. by going to a professional. If that is not possible self massage is another option. Spend a little time and attention on your hands and feet as these areas tend to get neglected. Use oils like sesame oil or coconut oil as both have relaxing properties and are easy to work with
Bonus Self Care Tips*
Keep your surroundings as organized as possible. I know when you feel down the last thing you may want to do is clean but it helps. Be sure to clear your sink of dishes in the sink every night don't ask me how I know.
At the very minimum our sense of smell has a grounding element and that is why aromatherapy is a way to bring nature to us for soothing benefits. Add scented oils such as frankincense, jasmine, lavender, orange, rose and cinnamon to an oil diffuser or burn incense [sparingly as some varieties release toxins] with any of these scents to add their aromatherapy benefits to your space. Keep in mind that scented oils are very activating even though we have grown accustom to using them excessively. These energetic signatures can be used to "program" very specific responses when used consistently.
At The Office
Bring nature items into your space with a plant or a running fountain will add more life to your space. Use Feng Shui to be sure your space the energy of your space is working with you. There is a Feng Shui Compass app that you can download on your phone that I've found to be really helpful.
If you can't add either of those use color therapy by adding colors that lift your mood i.e your favorite colored tea cup, stationary items, etc.
Or bring in pictures of family, nature scenes or positive images. Distorted images or images that depict sadness and loss will have an adverse effect
Try eating your lunch in silence if you usually eat while surfing the net or talking to coworkers. This will with draw some of your senses and give your thoughts a rest. If you are not comfortable in silence then listening to instrumental music is an option too.
I know said 4 ways in the title but I guess I had more to share. Hopefully this was useful. Be well.