12.03.2020

MOVE TO BOOST YOUR MOOD

By Jayne Robinson

At Frame, we’re strong believers in working on our mental health every day

We’re big believers in working out our mental health just like our physical health, we all have good days and bad days and finding the right balance of rest and exercise whilst holding down a demanding job and buzzing social life can be hard if not impossible. More often than not we don’t all have our s**t together all of the time and that’s OKAY Framer.
So whatever reason you walk through the doors at Frame, whether it’s to take it out on the bag in Box Train or catch up on some Z’s in Yin Yoga, find a workout that works for your mood and how your feeling – the best workout is the one you turn up to.
From day one we’ve believed exercise shouldn’t be a chore, whatever you jam find something you enjoy, heck get your friends involved and we guarantee you’ll have a lot more fun than pounding the treadmill. Not only good for your physical health but a release of those sweet endorphins is only going to make you feel GREAT. It’s been scientifically proven that moving can not only boost your mood but can also increase your self-esteem and reduce anxiety and stress.

Check out our top tips to maintaining mental health below:

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

Whatever ups and downs we face, from work stresses to relationship breakdowns to financial worries, it’s fundamental to check in with our body and mind in order to strengthen our coping mechanisms. If you listen to your body and make choices about exercise and nutrition based on your mood and energy levels you will be working with your body, not fighting it.

So if you’re feeling frazzled and you would usually reach for the caffeine just to ‘get through’ a workout, maybe you should be having a rest day, checking in for a calming yoga class or even just working on taking deep restorative breaths to calm your central nervous system down. Check out our handy mood filter on the timetable to pick a class based on your mood.

STEP AWAY FROM THE SMALL SCREEN

You’ve heard it all before, you don’t really need us to tell you. On the whole small screens don’t make us feel good long term and too much screen time throughout the day can have a negative effect on the quality and quantity of sleep you get. We all know a good night sleep is integral to how we feel the next day so consider unplugging from all screens after 8pm and spend some time IRL with those you love.

Good news for Cinema lovers however (and those with at-home projectors), as light rays in the cinema are projected onto a screen, not your retinas, this will have much less impact on your sleep – plus you can do this with a mate.

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

When Dr Johnson said ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’ he didn’t have to deal with the Central Line at 8am or paying 90% of his monthly wage to live in a shoebox. However, there was some pretty heinous sanitation issues and next level pollution in 1700’s London…

The point is, make the most of where you are right now. It’s easy to wish we were somewhere else but the problem with that is you end up wishing your life away. I’m sure we’d all rather be on a beach in the Amalfi Coast but there’s likely to be some pretty awesome stuff happening on your doorstep, a lot of which won’t cost you a penny. From checking out an art galleries to an autumnal walk with a friend, mixing up from the daily grind often helps get out of your head and into your body and gain a fresh outlook.

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