“We are in an era of rising tensions and negative emotions” ―Economist Jeffrey D. Sachs

According to the 2019 World Happiness Report, negative feelings are rising around the world. Everyday life is becoming more mentally challenging in ways it never has before. From lockdowns, addictions, mental health, unsatisfied job, social media, money worries and so many more factors. British people are among the most depressed people in the Western world, according to new data. Unhappiness is lethal to everyone around you, just like second-hand smoke. Your mood can affect everyone around you, unhappiness can spread like a disease. s 10 years since the UK government began measure happiness. As part of its annual population survey, the official statistics body now asks interviewer questions about their satisfaction, mood and sense of life being “worthwhile”. Not surprisingly, given present circumstances, the news at the moment is not good. While there isn’t a full decade’s worth of data yet, the most recent findings were on the gloomy side: measures of personal well being has got worse in 2020, while anxiety reached record highs. But what do you expect in a global pandemic, for sure not for happiness to improve.

 

“Chronic Unhappiness syndrome” Persistent depressive disorder, also called dysthymia, is a continuous long-term (chronic) form of depression. You may lose interest in normal daily activities, feel hopeless, lack productivity, and have low self-esteem and an overall feeling of inadequacy. Some signs someone is chronically unhappy: you focus on material items, your favourite conversation is gossip, act defensive, hold on to sad thoughts for a long period of time and take themselves too seriously.

 

Many of us experience unhappiness at some points in our lives, happiness isn’t an end goal, it’s a feeling and can come and go. Different circumstances and events in someone’s life can have a huge impact on someone’s mood and mental health. There’s a lot of simple things you can do to boost your mood:

 

Mood boosters

.walks

.keep your space tidy

.smile at strangers

.listen to music

.relax (burn candle and have a bath)

. eat minimum 1 healthy meal a day

. priorities sleep

. exercise

. see family and friends

. speak to someone new

. make plans to look forward to

. look at old photographs

. write down your thoughts

. find something new you enjoy

.play games with friends

Trying to find the work/life balance can be really hard, people spend so much of their day putting all of their effort into the work they do and spend very little time on themselves. Looking after yourself is extremely important and will improve every part of your life. This will even improve your performance at work as when you are in a good mood you are more motivated. Many people are either exhausted from a lack of sleep, frustrated for not getting everything done that they wanted to, or depressed because I don’t do enough to make myself feel taken care of and when a parent has to look after children as well as everything else. Leaving no time for them. We all need a little help sometimes… whether it’s a pep talk from a trusted friend, reading just the thing you needed to on a motivational blog post, praying or meditating on life.  But there are also simpler things you can do to help yourself that are quick and easy fixes for your mood.

Any one of these mood boosting activities is sure to help you move in a positive direction, be it short term or long, provided you engage in them regularly whenever needed.

Hope this has helped you:)