The 5 Best Mood-Boosting Activities
As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, many of us feel the infamous winter blues creeping up leaving us unmotivated and depressed. All we want to do is crawl under a blanket and shut off the rest of the world, the last thing we feel like doing is exercise!
But being active and moving your body is proven to have a positive impact on your well-being, both physical and mental, which is why you should make exercise a regular habit. Luckily, there are tons of options to be active and beat those winter blues. Read about our top 5 activities to boost your mood and experience the benefits yourself.
Those with pets can confirm: animals make you happy. If you aren’t blessed enough to share your home with a furry friend, there are other ways to satisfy your cuddle needs, for example with a horse riding session. Contrary to popular belief, this activity is not just for little girls but benefits everyone, even the manliest of us. Swing up in the saddle and discover what it feels like to work as a unit while galloping through fragrant flower fields or rocky trails in the forest.
The good thing is you don’t even have to spend hours driving out to the countryside as we also have horse riding in London available.
Feeling overwhelmed by the chores and duties adult life puts upon you? Then it might be time to let your inner child out to play with a trampoline experience. Bounce to your heart's content in the three-story trampoline park in Stratford, East London. They welcome not only kids but everyone, regardless of age and ability. Not only will this boost your fitness and mood, but it also doubles as an outlet for all of the negative energy making you feel low. You will realise how good it feels to be let go and forget about your adult duties, even if it’s just for an hour.
When was the last time you gathered all your best mates and had some real fun? Your bad mood might occur because you haven’t spent enough time messing around with your friends recently. Get in touch with your closest circle and invite them for an action-packed Archery tag experience combining paintball, archery and dodgeball. Develop a strategy to take down your enemies and bond with your mates across a number of different games and scenes. This will take your mind off the problems you are currently dealing with. Who knows? You might even swap out the weekly catch up in the pub for this and save yourselves some pounds on the pints? Bookado has lots of group activities in the UK, get inspired here.
Mindfulness is the buzzword of our time, it seems. With new meditation apps and gratitude journals popping up daily, one can’t deny the astonishing effects mindfulness has on our well-being.
Life can become so hectic, we forget about the things that really matter and make life worth living. To regain a grasp of reality and put things into perspective, why not unwind with a boat trip on the Thames. Choose the boat that suits you best and float along the Thames, either by yourself or with some friends to share this grounding experience. Water is proven to have a soothing effect on us making it the perfect relaxing activity for stressed-out people.
Surely, this is not an everyday activity to squeeze between work and doing the groceries, but if you’re on the lookout for a truly ecstatic experience, bungee jumping will do the trick. We have sites all across the UK that boast fantastic views to calm your nerves as you’re waiting for your signal to jump. There is hardly any other sport that will give you such an adrenaline kick and be assured you will be left with that buzzing feeling for quite a while. Challenging yourself to do something you’ve never done before will have your confidence skyrocket and change your mindset: what fear will you conquer next?