five ways to feel good every day

  • November 2, 2020

feel good…

To say the last few months have been tough might be the biggest understatement of all time. As we battle our way through the ever-changing landscape that is 2020, the need for ongoing, effective self-care has never been higher. Thankfully, there are a number of clever life hacks you can employ to survive and thrive whenever you feel the need to turn that frown upside down.

  • Create a ritual

    There’s nothing better than having a reward to look forward to at the end of each week. Whether you sign yourself up for a regular fruit or vegetable box delivery, commit to an online dance class, or join a digital book club with some of your friends – having an enjoyable item or experience waiting for you at the end of each week will help fuel you through the moments where you can’t be bothered getting out of your PJ’s or jumping on another Zoom call.

  • Enjoy food made with love

    Is there anything more satisfying than making a delicious meal or treat from scratch? Not only does home cooking help us create a sense of accomplishment when we’re done, we get to eat the fruits of our labour as a reward! The aim isn’t necessarily about challenging yourself in the kitchen – rather taking the time to savour the moment of creating something out of nothing. Whether you’re hoping to try some old family recipes or you’re looking to cook together with a friend or housemate – the art of working with your hands and flicking through the pages of a well-loved cookbook can be hugely soothing and rewarding.

  • Get ready to LOL

    OK, there might not be a lot to laugh about at the moment, but laughter is indeed good for the mind, body and soul. Not only can humour (and therefor laughter) help relieve stress, it also helps your body produce feel-good endorphins by stimulating your brain’s dopamine-dispensing reward system according to a recent study featured in Advances in Physiology Education. Get your laugh-out-loud fix with your favourite comedy or catch a filmed stand-up showcases online or via your favourite streaming service. You could even check out some of the world’s funniest folk on their socials or via some well-known comedy podcasts. Not only is this a great way to support local and international comedians while they can’t tour – it’s a great way to enjoy a well-deserved belly laugh.

  • Get out and about

    It comes as no surprise that exercise can make you feel good, but that’s not to say you need to become a gym junkie to reap the benefits. Taking a long walk, going for a run, or simply meditating outside can make a world of difference. By enjoying the great outdoors and getting close to nature, you can help clear your mind, increase your energy levels and even reduce stress while bringing a smile back to your dial. If you need more stimulation than just going for a stroll – why not think about walking with purpose? You may set yourself a challenge to spot five different types of flowers or trees, or even dogs and cats while out and about. When you get back home, grab an empty notebook and write about what you saw, making a point of detailing all the colours, textures, smells, sights and sounds.

  • Look for the good in others

    It’s amazing how both giving and receiving a compliment can feel so good! Whether you’re catching up with family and friends IRL or online, why not share the love and give someone you care about a genuine, heart-felt compliment? You can even make this a regular act whenever you catch up with your pals. By forming this happy habit, you’ll draw focus to what you appreciate most about your crew while helping create good vibes for yourself and your buddies. Best of all? The more compliments you give, the more likely you are to receive a mood-boosting compliment in return. Winner, winner!