How to bounce out of periods of low energy or low mood.

At some point in our lives, we all have been low on energy or in a negative mood. What immediate actions can you take to help lift yourself out of this situation?

To immediately up your positive energy, try one of these tips this week.

1. Turn your phone off – yes completely off! For one hour or more. See how it feels.

2. Write down a list of ten things you’re grateful for. I heard something beautiful and sad recently about somebody who lost their mother. She said she used to get so annoyed about her mother’s incomprehensible text messages but when she was gone, she said she would give anything to get one of those messages now.

3. Give somebody a hug, high 5, pat on the back. Or even a kind nod or smile.

4. Play your favourite song and dance like nobody is watching – hopefully they aren’t 😊

5. Dedicate 20-minutes to your favourite hobby.

6. Go for a ten-minute walk at lunch time and pay attention to the world around you – trees, buildings, parks, people. A mindful meander.

7. Tell a joke. Did you hear the one about butter? I can’t tell you, you’ll only spread it. You have my permission to use that one!

8. Organise a tea/coffee/walk with a friend you haven’t seen in a while.

9. Send a thank you email to a valued colleague/friend of yours who makes your work or personal life easier/nicer.

10. Remember somebody who you love and who is gone. Play back some fond memories and give gratitude for those cherished moments. Remember this person would want you to live your life to the full in the present and that you can carry their values in your heart and actions.

Declan ‘Happiness’ Treanor

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