• 8 fulfilling, mood boosting activities

    September 17, 2020 • EAT, GROW, GUIDES, LIFE

    Here we share eight simple, fulfilling, mood boosting activities for you to try. You might notice you feel less stressed, calmer, sleep better and more energetic.  Overtime, a good mood and joy can boost your immune system, keep you healthy and even extend your life!

    Send some love

    Writing a note to family and friends on a beautiful greeting card is one of the simplest ways to send some love. Not only will it make the recipient feel good, giving them a burst of excitement as they read your caring words, this kind act will make you feel good about yourself too.

    Letter writing promotes mindfulness, self-reflection and and creativity, and is a great feel good activity at any age.

    We love the new range of greeting cards from The Scenic Route, the creative project of artist and designer Victoria McGrane, who lives and travels around Australia in a converted, self contained 1990 Toyota Coaster. Choosing the path less travelled, slowing down, enjoying the journey and appreciating the scenery is the basis for the inspiration behind the intricate designs.

    Go for a walk

     

    Whether it’s a stroll around the block, a walk through a park or a hike up a mountain, a walk can do wonders for your mood.

    Besides the physical health benefits, one of the best things about walking is its mental health benefits, and the fact it will give you a considerable sense of wellbeing. A moderate 30 minute walk each day will improve energy levels, help you sleep better at night, reduce stress and relieve tension in the body, help you maintain a sharp memory, and thanks to the endorphin release, will leave you feeling more relaxed and positive.

    Looking for new places to walk? Barry Stone’s Greatest Walks of the World features some of the world’s most famous and also not-quite-famous-yet walking trails that will appeal to all, regardless of ability, and is the perfect accompaniment to your practical guidebooks.

    Get crafting

    Crafting, such as embroidery, knitting, quilting and woodworking, has been proven to promote relaxation, provide relief from stress, increase happiness, reduce anxiety enhance confidence, and improve overall mood.

    Our Brynn & Co embroidery kits come with all of the supplies you’ll need to create your very own embroidery piece, and the cute, contemporary range of designs suit a range of decor and tastes. The kits make a great gift or a mood boosting craft project for you! They are such a fun and challenging activity to keep your hands and the mind busy. Discover the range here.

    Cook a meal

     

    Cooking is an act of patience, mindfulness and can even be an outlet for creative expression, and the act of cooking for others can make you feel good. Plus, meals that have been prepared at home using fresh ingredients are often more nutritious, which is incredibly beneficial to mood.

    Combining the mood boosting benefits of cooking and the earth loving benefits of decreased energy demand is the EasyOven, a practical and clever heat retention bag, allowing you to slow-cook food with less energy. Featuring a specially developed inner padding that retains heat; start on the stove, gas burner or open fire and set to rest to complete the cooking process without the use of additional energy, sealing in flavour and nutrition.

    See this post for more details about the EasyOven and a delicious, wholesome recipe.

    Grow something

    Gardening reminds us of our connection to nature and helps us to set goals and focus on the bigger picture, which does wonders for a positive mood. Plus, the physical aspect of gardening releases chemicals in our brain that make us feel good, such as serotonin and dopamine.

    You’ll be growing food and flowers all over the place in no time with our range of seeds. No matter what size space you have, there is an UrbanGreens grow kit, windowsill kit or seed pack for you.

    Not sure where to start? The latest book from Little Veggie Patch offers inspiration and instruction to help you Grow. Food. Anywhere. Buy it here.

    Go for a body surf

    Surfing and spending time in the ocean has been known to promote calmness, reduce stress and boost the mood, and its zen effect helps to clear the mind and balance emotions.

    Whether you’re a keen surfer, body surfer, or completely new to the idea, our WAW handplanes are a fun way to spend time in the ocean and reap the mood boosting benefits it brings.

    Made using sustainable, recycled and reclaimed materials, including FSC sourced white cedar and no virgin plastic at all, WAW handplanes feature a large surface area for speed and lift, and are suited to most surfing conditions.

    WAW pride themselves on making products that have a positive impact on our planet. The entire product range is created with both performance and sustainability in mind, allowing customers to catch more waves whilst leaving nothing but cleaner oceans and healthier forests in their path.

    Don’t forget the sunscreen. Surfpaste is a great option that is palm oil free and comes packaged plastic free too.

    Practice yoga

    When practiced properly, yoga can make you really happy, raising serotonin, oxytocin and GABA levels in your body. The postures combined with the deep, focused breathing facilitate relaxation,  combat stress, reduce blood pressure and improves the mood.

    Perfect for yoga, the gym and other active adventures, is Indigo Luna‘s range of activewear. Featuring high quality, hand dyed fabrics that are squat-proof and strong as well as being soft and comfortable. The range is made from GOTS Certified organic cotton, that has been grown without GMOs and pesticides, and there is 100% traceability from cotton fields to garment.

    Plan a picnic

    Spending time in nature, in the fresh air, enjoying home prepared food with friends or family is a simple, affordable way to relieve stress and improve the mood. The activity helps improve communication and relationships too, plus it grants time for self reflection.

    Perfect for your next picnic is U-Konserve’s big divided bowl, an extra large stainless steel container that allows you to carry and serve multiple meals and side dishes. The dividers are removable, and can be fitted in various configurations. Instead of food, you could also use it to transport plates, cutlery and other bits and pieces.


    Further reading

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.4276/030802213X13603244419077

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17439760.2016.1257049

    https://www.happyfeed.co/research/4-brain-chemicals-make-you-happy

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