Is this year already over so quickly? Somehow I’ve missed the transition into slowly moving from Autumn to Winter and suddenly woke up in a storm of Christmas decorations, gift buying and SNOW. Nonetheless, this year has been a whirlwind of amazing adventures, but it all feels like it’s raced by, don’t you think?

With just a few more weeks left of the year, finalising work and stretching the last bit of energy you have can easily make you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and it doesn’t help if you aren’t a morning person like me. You miss the train, slip coffee all over that new coat, find toothpaste in your hair and everything feels like it’s against you. But, I don’t have to tell you that letting these small things get you down only lets you see the glass as half empty! So, I thought I would help you keep that frown upside down with some of the things I do to help me change that moody mood into one that gets you functioning now and as a goal in the New Year.

1. Take a minute, pause and centre  

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and it’s all a bit too much, just take a second and breath deep breaths.  Don’t look at anything and pull yourself away from your current situation, maybe find a quiet place for a second. Stepping back really helps me move forward and find sense as to why I’m feeling what I am feeling.

2. Remember you are in charge

Forget that train you missed because people won’t move out your way! Sometimes, outside factors just cannot be controlled, but if there’s one thing you can do is change how you react to them. You can make a choice, allow it to affect your mood negatively or, not let it affect you at all. Remember, you’re the one in charge. You’re in control of your mind and how you can perceive things that may come to you as a challenge. From experience, it can be as simple as flipping a switch. Choose to take that extra minute, breath, think and in the first minute of that choice, you’ll instantly start to feel better.

3. Know that it can always get worse

I’ve been there, I’ve worked for twelve hours, then went to an event (for work), didn’t eat all day, my heel got caught in a drain opening ripped my shoes right off, then had to deal with my phone dying when I was about to book an Uber. These things happen, more often than they should! But I usually get through it by laughing at myself and remember that it can always be worse. I find that no matter what life throws at you, just think it could be ten times worse centres me and allows me to be grateful for every moment and experience that I am a privilege to have.

4. Have a chat

It happens, there are those kinds of days where your mood isn’t how you would hope it would shape up, so whenever I feel a little slumped I call up my mum, or I call up my friends and just chat about everything and nothing! This is so good for getting everything off of your chest and feeling more positive, as other’s energies can totally influencers your mood.

5. Get active

I can tell you this a hundred times, and it doesn’t lose its value. Get moving, Endorphins Swing Your Mood up, any kind of activity that increases blood circulation stresses your body, which triggers the release of endorphins and other mood-lifting hormones, so you’ll naturally feel uplifted. So if you just take ten minutes to jump up and down (yes, jump up and down) whilst listening to some music you won’t believe the effects.