Have you ever felt lazy and a little down to even get yourself out of bed? Have you been working hard lately and you feel exhausted? We've all been through that in a way or another. In fact, I just finished my final exams and I feel exactly the same. However, I do have some simple ways I usually do when I go through tough times. Here are simple but effective ways to boost your mood and energy.
1- Read something positive:
I always start my day by reading one of my favorite quotes. I do have lots of them and each day I read something different. Quotes inspire me and motivate me to get out of my bed and be ready for the day. I read quotes in both languages, Arabic and English. They make me feel blessed and grateful for everything I have..
Here are few of my favorite quotes:
2- Drink lots of water:
Water, water, water! We all know how important it is to drink LOTS of water but we're guilty of not doing that. I used to drink 3 to 4 glasses a day. For a while now, I'm trying to drink more, at least 6 glasses a day and I've been loving it. Water has lots of benefits for the body and the skin in general but it helps to relieve stress as well. It also helps to fire up your metabolism, so if you hate coffee then water is a good and healthy alternative.
3- Refresh your look:
Updating your beauty routine doesn't necessarily involve big changes. It's important to realize that few changes to your look can make a big difference in the way you feel and it can also boost your confidence. Wearing a new lipstick or painting your nails are the easiest but they work very well. However, changing your hair color or getting a new cut might be bigger changes but what's better than that? Simple ways but yet effective. All these are few examples of what you can do and remember you can always do more.
4- Take a walk:
Take a long good walk without bringing your phone or any other distractions.Take a deep breath, enjoy the sounds of nature, the calmness of the night and feel the soft wind gently blows. I usually take a long walk for about 1 hour to 2 hours. When the weather isn't helping me, I take a 30 minutes walk for about 3 times a day. I never skipped a walk, not even when I'm sick because I find it really helpful and it relieves me in ways I can't describe. If you never tried it before I HIGHLY recommend it for you, you'll thank me later.
I don't have a specific routine for working out but I know working out regularly can make a huge difference. I usually do squats, push ups, jumping jacks or wall sit for approximately 30 to 60 seconds each. It takes no time but it really helps.
6- Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee:
Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea if you prefer, enjoy every sip of it. Don't distract yourself with either important or less important things. Set your mind free from all your daily stress, make it your time to be relaxed and alone for a few minutes.
Praying is the most important way to relieve your stress.Take a long time by yourself to pray, talk to Allah and ask for everything you want. There's nothing impossible when it comes to praying and asking from Allah. Thank him for everything and tell him what you feel. He's the only one who listens without interrupting, judging or blaming. Don't be ashamed to cry like a baby, Allah loves you more than your own mother.
P.S all photos (not the quotes) are taken by iPhone 5 and 6.