Day 1 – Listen to some mood-boosting music. Not sure what to listen to? Here is a playlist from last year which is still good for some quick feel good songs on our The Source Youtube channel: Whats Up playlist Here's a preview ;)
Music is a powerful thing – it stimulates the body’s natural feel good chemicals (endorphins, oxytocin), helping us to energise our mood, manage stress levels, express our feelings, increases our memory and reduces our pain levels – that’s awesome!
Day 2 - Smile. Smiling is good for our health. Neurotransmitters called endorphins are released when you smile which are triggered by the muscles in your face, and these endorphins make us feel happy and less stressed. Even when you don’t feel like smiling putting on a smile is just as good for triggering the release of endorphins, and we all know how a smile from someone is infectious as this poem sums up...
Day 3 –Write 5 things you plan to achieve or do this year? They don't have to be big but do try to make them achievable. This could include things like – I'd like to listen to more music, laugh more with my family or friends, start a savings account or learn to play an instrument!
We have put together some questions that might help you think about goals for the year ahead and look back at the year you’ve completed:
Where did I spend most of my time, money and energy this past year?
Where would I like to go? What could I do that would make me feel happier?
What did I do well at last year and want to do more of this year?
What brave thing would I like to do this year?
Day 4 - Phone a friend or talk to someone about something that is worrying you. Today is Time to Talk Day Here’s some tips taken from Mind Charity on how to open up to someone you trust -
Tips for talking things through:
Pick a good time when neither of you is busy or distracted.
Choose somewhere quiet where you won't be interrupted
Explain how you are feeling and what's worrying you
Ask for advice and support. Be clear about what they can do to help, like giving you space, or spending more time with you.
Be clear about confidentiality. If you don't want them to share what you've told them, say so.
If you feel you don’t have anybody to talk to, you could join an online forum where people are experiencing similar situations to you, or contact a confidential service like Childline (Call 0800 1111) or the Samaritans (Call 116 123).
Day 5 – Try some breathing exercises.
Focussing on your breathing is good for relaxing your body and mind if you’re feeling frustrated, stressed, or anxious! Follow these steps:
Lay down on your back, arms by your side and close your eyes.
Take a big deep breath in through your nose and tighten up your body,
Release your breath through your mouth (slowly if you can), and loosen up your body. Repeat 3 times and you should feel more at ease.
Reading and writing is good for our emotional wellbeing. Loosing ourselves in a good book helps us to relax, and improves our memory and brain functions, and writing a story, poem or lyrics to a song help us to express feelings we find hard to talk about.