There's no denying that lockdowns can be exhausting for anybody trapped behind a screen, which is why experts believe finding strategies to enhance your mood is more essential now than ever before. The importance of one's state of mind has never been greater. When it comes to those of us in Melbourne, maintaining a good frame of mind is becoming more and more of a mental marathon, especially now that we are well into Lockdown #6.
So, what are some ways we can raise our mood and regain our focus? Dr Paul Hermann, an osteopath, exercise & sports scientist, and regular contributor to Casper Magazine, has provided us with some to-the-point tips for boosting your mood. As the founder of Stay Tuned Sports Medicine, Dr Paul believes whole heartedly in the company’s motto, ‘Everybody Deserves to Feel Good’. He believes it is our responsibility and our privilege to help everyone we interact with to feel as good as possible.
We hope that these tips help you feel good, too!
Often, the difference between stress being traumatic or being manageable can be affected by our level of control. So, during times like this it can be helpful to focus on whatever we can keep control of. I suggest establishing routines in your day. Try to get up at the same time each day, go to bed at the same time, and create as many healthy habits or routines as possible to gain a sense of control over what is within your capacity.
This is one of the most important things we can do right now to feel ‘normal’. Introducing or re-introducing some structure in our lives can give us a sense of purpose, meaning, and even fulfilment – all things that are especially important right now. Don’t be too hard on yourself if your structure looks different to your pre-COVID routine, or if it isn’t as ‘productive’ as it was. No one’s routine is the same as it was eighteen months ago – we have to cut ourselves some slack!
Taking regular screen breaks can keep you feeling focused and refreshed throughout the day. I like the ‘5 in 30’ or ‘10 in 60’ method, which means that you move for five minutes every 30, or ten minutes every hour. You may think this is a lot of down time, but plenty of studies show that regular breaks actually increase productivity in the short and long term. You can choose to dance, squat, stretch, roll on the floor with your pet, or whatever you like – just move your body however you can.
Regular exercise is so beneficial to our physical and mental health. The happy hormones we produce and the benefits to our physiology are numerous, plus the knowledge we are doing something good for our body has immense positive outcomes on our health.
There are many free apps that can help you focus your mind. Taking a deep breath can shift your mindset in just one minute. A great app is Treat, which is free for everyone and has a huge variety of guided mindfulness meditations that start at one minute.
There is a lot of emerging evidence that being in nature has significant positive effects on our mental health. An outdoor walk has many benefits for both the mind and the body. As well as increasing concentration and focus, it’s also good for your heart, lungs, and musculoskeletal system. In addition to being a good habit, walking releases endorphins, which are the brain's happy chemicals.
These might all seem like obvious tips to some, but a lot of us could really use the reminder, so thank you, Dr Paul! To learn more about Dr Paul tips and Stay Tuned Sports Medicine, visit A guide to boosting your mood during lockdown.
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