We understand that the holidays aren’t always a happy and restful time. You may be celebrating without a loved one for the first time, anxious about all your social plans, isolated and feeling alone, or guilty that you can’t get in the festive spirit. No matter what you are feeling, we are here to support you and provide you with some tips to help you feel more like yourself during this time. Check out our top 10 tips to mindfully improve your mood over the festive season below:

Top 10 ways to mindfully improve your mood:

  • 1. Go for a walk. If you have a favourite walking route, head down there and notice the sights, sounds and smells. See if you can notice something new that you haven’t noticed before.
  1. 2. Meditate. Many people think that meditation is about clearing the mind, but it’s actually more about observing the thoughts that come and go without judgement. If we’re placing negative judgements on our thoughts, that’s going to affect how we feel. Try taking a comfortable seat, focus on taking steady deep breaths and just notice what springs to mind.

    3. Listen to music. Listening to your favourite songs that remind you of happy and positive times is a great way to reset your mood! Pop on your headphones or blast it out loud if you can and let the tunes uplift you.

    4. Read a book. Books are a great way to escape how you’re feeling and become absorbed in a new world. Pick up a good book and find a cosy nook to read in!

    5. Have a warm drink. Nothing is quite as relaxing as a warm drink! Whether it be a coffee, hot chocolate or a cuppa, sip it slowly and pay attention to the taste and texture.

6. Have a warm bath or shower. Not only is the warm water relaxing, but you’ll feel fresher afterwards too! Why not try a new shower gel or bath bomb too to add a little bit of aromatherapy?

7. Give yourself a makeover. It could be as simple as trimming or painting your nails, trying out a new makeup look, styling your hair differently or trying on a new outfit!

8. Talk to a friend. Talking to someone, even if it’s not about how you’re feeling, can help you get out of your head and uplift your mood. If you’re comfortable to talk about how you’re feeling, this can help you process things, and your friend might be able to offer you a fresh perspective.

9. Have a clear out. If your space is cluttered and messy, it doesn’t make for a very restful environment. Have a tidy up, get rid of old things you don’t need anymore and maybe rearrange your space a little bit to make it feel new and refreshed!

10. Get creative! Being creative is a great way to boost your self-esteem, help you to process and understand your emotions and give you a sense of control. There’s loads of things that you can do to engage your creativity – cooking or baking, playing an instrument, writing, drawing, painting, crafts, collage… the list goes on!