7 Things to do today for a happier tomorrow
Woken up this morning feeling like a little raincloud is hanging over your head? Yup, we've been there - it happens to us all now and again. The bad news is, it could be that you're just feeling a bit stressed out and in need of some time to relax (which we all know you might not get if those work deadlines are looming). And the good news? There are things you can do today that will make it likely you'll wake up feeling happier, healthier and more positive tomorrow. Everyone is allowed a mental health day, duvet day - whatever you want to call it - now and again, but don't let that day turn into a week or month of negativity! We've come up with 7 things you can do today - right now in fact - for a happier tomorrow.
#1. Go to bed early
Staying up all night binging on junk food and box sets on Netflix is tempting, we agree, but you know you'll wake up feeling rotten tomorrow. Chances are, you'll sleep half the day away, increasing your chances of waking up with a headache and making your mood even worse! Be kind to yourself when you feel unwell, physically or mentally, and go to bed early. Set aside an evening, or even an hour or so, to yourself. Take a bath, read a good book, and get some shut eye. Switching off your smartphone, laptop and even the TV at least an hour before you go to sleep helps your body to relax and unwind. An early night means you'll awake feeling refreshed and more positive!
#2. Skip the caffeine and sugar
Fuelling your body with caffeine and sugar can help you to push through deadlines, in an absolute emergency. But it will also leave you suffering from a major crash afterwards as your blood sugar levels take a battering. So if you find yourself regularly snoozing on the sofa after a busy day at work, try cutting out the sugar and caffeine today. Stick to healthy herbal teas, smoothies or water to stay hydrated and turn to natural sugars to satisfy your sweet tooth. At Expertrain HQ, we're partial to a Nakd Chocolate Orange bar every so often, for a great way to curb sugar cravings without the calories, processed sugars or additives of some cereal bars.
#3. Surround yourself with positivity
It's hard to feel negative when you're watching stand-up comedy. If nothing else, you'll be too busy laughing at the jokes to think about your own problems. Take this, multiply it by ten and use it to make your day more positive. Surrounding yourself with positive things means you're more likely to be in a good mood. Spend time with a close friend who always cheers you up, have lunch with your family, go to see a film you love or catch that exhibition you've been dying to see. Listen to upbeat music and spend your day laughing and smiling, even if you don't feel like it. By the time the day ends, you'll feel like it for real!
#4. Work it out
Work stressing you? Money worries leaving you feeling anxious? Don't comfort eat or indulge in retail therapy - trust us, you won't feel that great afterwards. Exercise is a great way to boost your mood naturally and it can help to relieve stress too. Even 30 minutes at the gym can get your endorphins flowing and heart pumping, leaving you feeling tired but happy. Regular exercise can boost your energy levels too. A run around the block can get your creative juices flowing if you're struggling with a work problem, whilst strength training can improve your fitness and boost your immune system. Even taking 15 minutes out of your day, twice a day, to exercise can make a real difference to how positive you feel tomorrow!
#5. Love your weekends
Tomorrow is Saturday, but you can apply that happy weekend vibe to any day of the week. Instead of spending your weekends catching up on chores and boring tasks, try to squeeze some of these in after work or whenever you have some free time. Make at least one day of your weekend all about enjoyment - try something new, go somewhere different and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Make a plan, right now, for tomorrow - and you'll wake up with something to look forward to! Whether you meet up with friends or take up a new hobby alone, you definitely won't be bored.
#6. Load up on fresh produce
Skip the junk food - remember, you are what you eat. If you want to look and feel good, you need to fuel your body with the right nutrients, and that means leaving that takeaway where it belongs (at the takeaway) and chowing down on fresh produce loaded with vitamins. Try this experiment to see how food affects your mood. See how you feel the morning after a greasy takeaway or a night of snacking on processed foods like Doritos, sweets and chocolate. Now compare that to the way you feel the morning after a healthy dinner the night before that's packed with lean protein, vitamins and minerals. We bet you wake up feeling great! Fuelling your day with healthy choices makes it more likely that you'll want to workout too, as you'll have more energy. So to enjoy a happier tomorrow, make healthy food choices today.
#7. Leave work stress at work
It's easy to take stress from work - or work itself - home with you. And easier said than done to leave it where it belongs; at the office. Unless you have a job that requires round-the-clock availability - like a police officer or doctor, you shouldn't be spending significant amounts of time outside work thinking about or worrying about work! When it's time to leave the office, make sure you have done everything you need to so that when you go in tomorrow (or on Monday morning), you can crack on with your to-do list without worrying. If you have deadlines hanging over your head, fill your weekend with things that will distract you from thoughts of work; there will be plenty of time to think about that presentation or project come Monday morning!
We hope that these 7 things will help you all to wake up happier tomorrow (and everyday) and enjoy a great weekend! What are you going to be doing with yours?