As a student, it can be hard keeping your head up sometimes, especially in the winter. When you’re feeling low it can affect both your work and social life. Here at The Bunch, we’ve created a list of mood boosting tips to help boost your morale and get you into a better mind state this February!
1. Eating habits
Eating healthy helps you stay more alert and improves your attention span. Not only does a good diet help you perform better mentally – a bad diet leads to fatigue, slow reaction time and increased mood fluctuations. You should be eating breakfast every day – this will help you make better choices throughout the day. You should also be aiming to eat a range of nuts / beans / fish / poultry as sources of protein. Eating whole grains like oatmeal and brown rice provide a healthy source of fibre.
2. Create a schedule
Making a schedule is a great way to clear your mind and create healthy habits. By allotting time to tasks in advance, you worry less about things you need to catch up on and as a result are overall less stressed. It’s important to make your schedule realistic and give yourself time to finish your tasks. This means the schedule should also include breaks, exercise, time to meet others and healthy habits like cleaning your room!
Studies have shown that meditating regularly can have great positive effects on a person’s mood, self esteem and energy levels. Meditation can be defined as a technique intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. This makes it a perfect tool for anyone struggling to concentrate in lectures or anyone finding it hard to balance their life.
Exercise is essential in staying healthy. While the physical benefits of exercising are obvious, the psychological effects can often be even more rewarding! Exercising can directly improve your mood. When you’re very active your body releases endorphins which are chemicals produced by the nervous system that not only make you feel good, but also increase your self-esteem, help you concentrate and improve your sleep.
5. Learning new skills
At times when you’re feeling down, bored or unsure what to do, try getting out of your comfort zone by learning a new skill. Learning a new skill doesn’t always have to be a costly or tiring experience. It can be something as interesting as learning another language. It can be something as therapeutic as learning a new cooking technique. Or it can be something as daring as free climbing! Whatever it is, gaining a new skill can be a very fulfilling way to boost morale, connect with others and give you a sense of accomplishment.
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