What to eat, where to go and things to do to feel more positive when you’re down
-Jun 11, Jenny Paul , Mind -
Without days when we are feeling less than top notch, we’d never know when we are happy. But have you noticed that you have been feeling more negative than usual recently? If so, you’re not alone, researchers have found that depression, anxiety and even aggression rates can soar in the spring – which they believe is related to chronic inflammation from increased pollen counts. But, right now, with the world in turmoil many of us are feeling fed up, so we’ve put together some simple ways to cope.
The answer to increased pollen counts would be to try and minimise inflammation in your body as much as possible. We know that certain foods are anti-inflammatory, turmeric is a wonder when it comes to fighting inflammation and there’s no upper limit to how much you can take each day. You can drink turmeric in shots, add it to smoothies, and throw it into pretty much every meal you eat. We’ve added it to Lumity’s Morning and Night formula so if you’re taking that consistently you’ll have all the turmeric you need every day.
Magnesium is a mineral which people are often low on in the summer months, because we tend to sweat it out. You can have Epsom salt baths before you go to bed, which will relax you as well as boosting your magnesium levels, plus you can drink it in mineral water, or eat magnesium-packed foods, which include tuna, spinach, broccoli, chard, kefir and almonds.
Avoid food which causes inflammation, such as refined sugar, fried foods, saturated fats, refined flour, artificial additives, as well as anything with trans fats (frozen pizzas, doughnuts, basically pre-packaged food that comes from a factory) and instead opting for lovely, fresh seasonal produce will also help.
With the inflammation monster tamed, what else can you do to stay feeling positive?
Watch the sun rise or set each day
There’s something magical about taking time out of a busy week to watch the sun rise or set. Just sitting and watching is a form of mindfulness, but it also helps bring problems and stresses into perspective.
The sun will be rising and setting long after we are all gone, but it’s also a reminder that each day is a fresh chance to start all over again. It’s best to just sit and watch the sky, while letting your thoughts wonder, or you can mentally list all the things in your life that you’re happy you have.
Do one thing each day that’s just for you and you alone
All of us are overloaded, with too much to think about and do. Make a point of doing something that’s just for you each day. Buy yourself flowers, put on a deep cleansing face mask (like our 4-in-1 Cleanse), watch your favourite feel good movie from the ’90s. It doesn’t have to be the same thing each day, but take time out to do something for yourself that reminds you how special you are.
Leave your comfort zone
It’s really exciting and invigorating to leave your comfort zone and do something that scares and challenges you. Book a weekend somewhere you’ve always wanted to go but haven’t ever got around to doing. Sign up for a course in your spare time to improve a skill or a hobby like cooking or writing. It will remind you how good it is to feel truly alive, and that there’s more to life than the daily grind. Go on an adventure.
Keep a gratitude diary
Buy a really ornate journal and every evening before bed jot down all the positive things that happened that day that you’re thankful for. The stranger who stopped at the traffic lights and smiled at you so you could cross the street, your good health, your eyes working – it’s actually the little things that make life happier when you truly stop to take a moment to appreciate them.
Stay off social media
It’s really refreshing when you’re talking to a friend and they say, ‘didn’t you see on Facebook that I did X, Y and Z?’ and you say that actually you didn’t and instead have a proper catch up.
There’s that meme which says ‘nobody’s life is as perfect as their Instagram feed’ and several former influencers have come forward and admitted in recent interviews that they were actually miserable when they were spending hours making those picture perfect smoothie bowl photos.
Switch off, light a scented candle and read a good book instead if it’s getting you down.
Try a new type of online therapy
If you’re really struggling to stay positive, there’s a whole wealth of expert therapists who you can talk to via Zoom.
Therapy can be a tool that’s as essential for great health as getting regular dental check ups and there’s something quite decadent about getting to talk about yourself for an entire hour each week about the things you don’t want to discuss with your friends. Lots of therapists are offering discounted sessions on Zoom right now and it’s less scary than having to haul ourself tp their office. Try it!
At Lumity, we know how important self-care can be to help keep you feeling your happiest and healthiest. Start your journey to positivity by doing something to make you look, live and feel your best.