Here are 6 inspiring and easy ways to boost your mood in the working week!
I am sure we all agree that we breathe a sigh of relief when the weekend finally arrives (...I know I do! 🙂 )
Whether your weekends are on a Saturday and Sunday or days during the week, the weekends are a time to take a break from the rush of the working week and do something relaxing, fun, and enjoyable!
Often weekends are the time to recharge from the busy working week. A time to relax, feel happier, and be prepared for the next week. Weekends are about taking some time to choose what to do which increases our happiness because we feel more full-filled.
But why wait for the weekend to come around to increase our happiness and wellbeing?
Here are 6 feel-good ways that can offer a major mood boost to your weekdays. So that weekdays are more like weekends.... every day!
6 Ways to Boost Your Mood In The Working Week
Wake up a little earlier
Weekend mornings are awesome. Time to relax and just choose what you would like to do....relax with a coffee, read your favourite blogs or a good book, lounge around or simply enjoy the peace and quiet.
Workday mornings are always hectic. Rushing to get ready, have breakfast, feed and dress the children, and prepare lunches ... and maybe throw in a load of washing too.
So why not create the feeling of a weekend morning by setting the alarm a little earlier and giving yourself the time to do one or two of those things that give you a sense of peace.
It doesn't have to be much... having a relaxing shower or bath, painting your toenails, savouring your breakfast, going for a walk or even watching the sunrise. ... you don't have to wait till the weekend to pamper yourself.
It is amazing how much better you can deal with the rush of the workday if you have started off the day with something that you choose to do or that you don't normally do.
Add something fun to your weekdays
Weekends are often when all the fun things happen! Why not bring a little of the fun to the working week. It doesn't need to be much but just enough to break up the routine.
It could be as little as only 20 minutes to do something that you enjoy or feels restful.
Maybe it is as simple as popping into a museum on the way home from work, stopping at the local markets to just browse - without the mad rush, meet up with a friend for a coffee, visit a cosy bookstore, listen to some new music etc.
If you have a little extra time, try a new workout or sign up for a course and learn something new. Or even challenge yourself to something you have never experienced before.
It really is those little things that can give you that extra inspiration to make the work week just as awesome as the weekend.
Step into Nature
A great way to boost your mood during the workday week is as simple as stepping into nature. Even being outside for 5 minutes can boost your mood, make you feel good about yourself, and improve your self-esteem.
Stepping into nature doesn't mean trekking through the wilderness ...it can be cycling, walking, running, gardening, or even water-based activities like fishing or sailing. It can be as simple as finding a 'green space'... a park, a walking trail, walking through the local plant nursery, a forest. Somewhere where nature can do its magic!
Unplug during the week
Weekend days can feel luxuriously long when it is full of activities that aren't the 'normal' or 'routine'. Often this is because we are busy doing those relaxing and fun things and we aren't constantly checking our phones, responding to work emails, or catching up on work jobs, or completing tasks.
You can set a night aside (or even a few hours) during the week to simply unplug from all those responsibilities and allow yourself the time to just 'be' and not feel bombarded with the constant checking and responding.
It is a great way to see what else you may like to do with your time. Watch a movie uninterrupted, play a game with your family or friends or even just have some time for yourself... go on, you deserve it!
Do a Good Deed
Another way to boost your mood during the working week is to take a side step away from yourself and all the stress and rush and simply do a 'good deed' for someone else.
Whether it is small or large, an unplanned act of volunteering, doing a good deed, or helping someone else, is a powerful way to boost your own happiness as well as those around us. Volunteering boosts happiness because it increases empathy, which makes you appreciate all the great things in your own life.
Doing a good deed is a great way of helping others and it is not only good for them, but it is also a great way to boost your mood and confidence, which makes you happier and healthier too.
A good deed could be as simple as a smile. 🙂
It really is the little things that make a day great!
So why not treat yourself to something that you just love... just don't wait for the weekend to do it!
It could be as simple as buying a fresh bunch of flowers to add some colour to your room or savouring the foods that you love. Splurging and buying fruit that is not in season, like watermelon or mangoes. Or making that fancy recipe or making that everyday drink look tropical by adding fruit, straws, and those little umbrellas!
Or taking the time to write a list of those little 'different' things that you like to do but just haven't. Like browsing in a record or thrift shop (you never know what treasures you may find). Or visit the local swimming pool, starting that class on calligraphy or starting a new hobby.
It might be as simple as taking the time to stop at your favourite spot, after work, for 20 minutes, just for you!
So the next time you are having 'one of those weeks' or the constant rush and stress of the working week is getting to you, maybe try including one or all of these ways to boost your mood and make the work week just as great as the weekend!
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