Five little things to feel better

Sometimes the simplest things are the most effective. If you are not feeling good today, take a moment to check in with yourself. And a few minutes more to make a minor adjustment. Over time these little changes add up.

  1. Have you eaten something today? Something that gives you energy for the day and nutrients for the long-term? Even just something you like! If you are hungry, stop and eat.
  1. How much water have you drunk today? If not water, then some other sort of hydrating fluid. Our bodies need water to function, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in the day and forget about being thirsty. Drink some water, or tea, or juice …
  1. Have you actually been outside today? How long for? Being outside is good for us, to stretch, get fresh air and sunlight (even if its wet and dull, it’s still light from the sun). If possible go out for a walk or run. Too much? Go stand outside the door for a bit. Failing that, look out of the window and stare at the sky for a few minutes.
  1. Did you get enough sleep last night? Adult humans tend to need about 7 – 9 hours of sleep, rest is vital. Maybe there isn’t much you can do about this right now, but if you are feeling fuzzy from lack of sleep, at least stop beating yourself up. Rest. Just do nothing for a few minutes.
  1. Have you connected with an actual living creature? Hugged a person or a pet? Conversed with a colleague? People are social animals, lack of connection has an impact, even for those who need time alone. Connect with someone, take the dog for a walk, or write a letter. Watching local wildlife counts too.

It’s easy to forget to do stuff that meets our most basic of human needs. It can also feel hard to do them, because sometimes our minds say so much to discourage action. But if we don’t act, then we can get stuck. Do something little (even if that’s 3 minutes of doing nothing) to look after yourself. You can.

Dr Laura Walton, is a UK registered Clinical Psychologist who is qualified to provide consultation and psychological therapy, via online videocall. For more details, visit the main page and make a request.