As you transition from one season to another, there are times that you may feel a little low. You could blame the weather, but there can be several reasons behind it- from personal to professional. However, if the day is dull and gloomy, it doesn’t mean that you also have to be. In fact, rather than sulking, it is better that you lift yourself up and be happier instead.
Nidhi Pandya Bhansali, who is a third-generation Ayurveda practitioner, reveals 10 easy tips on how you can push a reset button on a not-so-interesting day, in her latest Instagram post.
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Top tips to turn your dull day into a brighter one
1. Slow down
When you multi-task, you tend to lose focus and also get irked by small things. In such cases, you can consciously slow down and it will lead to a greater appreciation for life and a higher level of happiness too.
2. Listen to music as much as you can
Listening to music tends to release happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin into the brain. So, listen to your favourite beats and tunes to relax, and you will see that your mood will naturally improve. It will also get you in the zone that you accomplish more.
3. Surround yourself with aromas you associate with
It is believed that your sense of smell triggers memory. So you can trigger your olfactory senses to relive happy memories with clear images and feelings of happiness. Try to be around aromas, be outside or in your room, that make you feel good and happy.
Reading, for people who like it, can put their brains into a pleasurable trance-like state. It offers the same benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers tend to have lower stress levels and are more likely to be happier than non-readers.
5. Eat one meal at peace
The nutrients in your food can also produce the body’s feel-good chemicals, serotonin and dopamine. Both of them can help regulate your mood and promote calmness. So have your favourite food at one meal of the day and have it peacefully. Trust us, your dull day would just vanish.
6. Play with a child or pup
Playing or snuggling with a child or a puppy releases oxytocin in the body apart from amping up your levels of happy hormones. It also lowers down cortisol, which is associated with stress and anxiety. So next time you are feeling low, just go out and play with a child or a pet to keep the blues at bay.
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7. Sit among trees or in a park
If you spend time, or have exposure to, green space, it can inculcate positive mood and emotions apart from being a retreat from daily hassles of life. Greenery also reduces the risks of psychological and physiological stress. The next time you have a dull day, just head to a park and soak yourself in some greens.
8. Call an old friend
Speaking to someone you love or an old friend brings good memories and emotions. So indulge in a good talk with a loved one and your happiness will know no bounds.
9. Soak in a warm tub
Enjoy a warm bath in a tub and add your favourite aroma in it. Trust us, it will not only make you relaxed but will also boost your mood just instantly.
10. Dig deep to find a place of genuine gratitude
If you are feeling negative, and are not excited in your personal or professional life, always look at the positive side of your life and be grateful for things that are good. Then, you will certainly be able to live a happier life.