Woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Give yourself an instant mood makeover with these simple tips.
Wearing this “happy” colour can lift your spirits – so keep a red jacket or scarf in your wardrobe for those days you need to ooze positive energy but would rather be in bed.
Mix It Up
If you usually order a flat white, try switching to a chai latte. Studies show that trying new things triggers your brain to release feel-good chemicals.
Phone A Friend
Human emotions are contagious, so if you’re feeling blue, call a friend who always makes you smile. Research reveals that chatting with a cheerful girlfriend (or even an optimistic stranger) can make you happier than receiving a $5,000 windfall!
Make Your Memories Last
The best time of the day to write in your diary is the evening. When you record the events of the day before bedtime you’re more likely to accurately recall them a month later because writing down your thoughts before sleep can help strengthen your memories.
With a filigree-cut 18 carat gold nib and sterling silver trim, this pen, $900, from Montegrappa’s Desiderio collection, embodies style and practicality.
Are You A Stress Eater?
Your habit of raiding the fridge when under pressure has an upside. You’ll make up for it when the pressure passes. A German study found stress eaters eat less when they’re feeling happy again, while those who lose their appetite when stress hits tend to eat more when the good times return.
Best advice: Enjoy a treat if it really helps you with stressful situations, say researchers. Resisting might cause more tension and result in more mindless eating.
Don’t Walk This Way do you text and walk?
Then you’re asking for trouble. uS researchers have found that accidents involving pedestrians using their smartphones have more than doubled in the past five years.
Rest & Relax
Keep these by your bed to help you unwind after work
Light a scented candle and enjoy its calming effects. Yoke Apothecary’s Expand Candle has lovely soothing floral notes. At $69, from anupliftedday.com.
Quote Of The Day
Read an inspiring saying to help you end your day on a positive note. Get these Reminder Cards – printed quotes that come framed with a stand. At $60, set of four, from mindful.com.sg.
Colouring helps to reduce stress and align your thoughts. We like the cute images in this 50-page Mindful Colouring Book. At $24.90, from kikki.K.