Everyone needs self-esteem in order to be in good mental health. The lack of self-esteem deteriorates the mood and makes a person feel oppressed and melancholic. It is essential to always make sure you are happy with yourself and you take the right measures to live a healthy life. One of the most effective ways to boost your self-esteem and improve your mood is to spend more time outdoors, doing your favorite activities, or experimenting with new ones that you might enjoy as well. So, don’t hesitate to step out of the office or the house more often and get busy with things that make you feel happier and better in your own skin. Here are some suggestions on simple outdoor activities that can easily and effectively improve your self-esteem and mood.
Get Out Of The Car
Whether you commute to work or you’re used to going to the nearest shop by car, it’s definitely time to change it. Try to get out of the car more often and use your feet to get to the places you have to go to. Of course this won’t be entirely relevant if you work too far from home, but even in that case there are possible solutions. If you go to work by car, park it a few stops away from your workplace and walk the distance. Do the same if you go by bus. In case it’s not too far, wake up a bit earlier and power-walk to work every morning. This will surely wake you up more easily and will boost your mood. As for your free time, try and walk as much as you can.
It’s a well-known fact that one of the best ways to be in good shape is to jog regularly. Are you not a big fan of jogging? Then set it as a goal in your mind and lighten up the idea by adding something more pleasant to it. For example, load your iPod with your favorite tracks that inspire you and head to the park for a morning/evening run. It’s even better if you live near a beach, for the fact that watching the activity of the waves crashing on the rocks will uplift your motivation to be more active. The sea/ocean can be very inspiring indeed.
Although it might sound strange to some, breathing properly affects our mood. Allowing clean oxygen to enter your body is a natural way to boost your mood and senses. Go out to the park, the beach or any other place where you can sit quietly for a while and enjoy your own presence. Then breathe deeply and feel the clean air entering your lungs.
Work In The Garden
If you have a garden, it’s a great opportunity to be busy with a nice hobby and spend more time outdoors. Take good care of your garden regularly, buy a book with gardening tips and improve your garden with new beautiful plants. Also, make sure you clean it regularly, since this is beneficial both for you and your garden.
Exercise In The Park
Spending time in nature is a great motivator in general. Find time to exercise in the park at least a couple of times a week and witness your self-esteem improve. Not only will you feel more relieved after spending time outdoors but you will also stay fit and thus feel good in your own body.
Contributed by: SparklingCarpets Greenwich