You don’t need to spend to feel better.
Feeling good is something that all of us want. If you spend just an hour watching TV you could be forgiven for thinking that feeling good only comes with a price tag – if you have the right clothes, cars or home. However, feeling good is something that everyone can enjoy and it doesn’t require loads of spare cash, maxing out your credit cards or borrowing using bad credit loans, no credit check loans or other short term loans. If you’re suffering from the winter blues, or you just need a bit of a boost on the feel good front, then here are 5 ways to feel better for free.
- Learn some mindfulness
Mindfulness is essentially bringing yourself into the present moment. We spend a large part of our lives worrying about the future or thinking about the past and that can lead to some very unhappy moments. There are apps and courses that will help you learn mindfulness, as well as plenty of free tutorials on YouTube. You can introduce an instant moment of calm by just shutting your eyes and then engaging all your senses to bring you right into the present moment.
- Do some exercise
Exercise releases endorphins. Even just a 20-minute walk will deliver a rush of feel good chemicals to help you overcome any low moments. Whether you jog, walk, play a team sport with friends in the park or do some yoga at home, exercise is a fast and free way to start feeling great. Plus, the more exercise you do, the stronger your body will feel and the happier and healthier you’ll be on a daily basis.
- Put your phone down
There is increasing evidence that the more time we spend on our phones the more anxious we become and the more disconnected from the world around us. So, if you want an instant feel good boost then put that smart phone down – or even turn it off for a couple of hours. Instead of browsing online or on social media, go outside and meet some friends or walk somewhere that inspires you. It’s especially important to give yourself enough time away from your phone before you go to sleep – the light from the screen can stimulate the brain and make it difficult to drop off. And lack of sleep is a big contributing factor to feeling low or unhappy.
- Connect with other people
You might join a free dating app or you could sign up for a local hiking club. Perhaps you’re interested in volunteering at a local animal shelter or singing in the community choir. There are many ways to connect with other people that won’t cost you anything other than the effort of showing up. Being in the company of others creates a feeling of community, reduces isolation and gives us all a sense of shared purpose.
- Do something you’ve been
- putting off for a while
It’s amazing how much of an impact procrastinating can have on making us feel sad and stuck. Even if you’ve been putting off something difficult or uncomfortable, facing it head on and getting it done will instantly make you feel good.
And finally, smile – smiling makes us, and the people around us, feel better straight away. And it’s completely free.