Having a dull day? Follow these 10 tips and stay LIT!

Published on: 8 July 2022, 19:03 pm IST

If you are feeling dull and low on a particular day, keep these happiness tips handy and press that reset button!

Gurpreet Kaur
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Stay happy! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

As you transition from one season to another, there are times that you may feel a little low. You could blame the weather, but there can be several reasons behind it- from personal to professional. However, if the day is dull and gloomy, it doesn’t mean that you also have to be. In fact, rather than sulking, it is better that you lift yourself up and be happier instead.

Nidhi Pandya Bhansali, who is a third-generation Ayurveda practitioner, reveals 10 easy tips on how you can push a reset button on a not-so-interesting day, in her latest Instagram post.

Check it out here:

Top tips to turn your dull day into a brighter one

1. Slow down

When you multi-task, you tend to lose focus and also get irked by small things. In such cases, you can consciously slow down and it will lead to a greater appreciation for life and a higher level of happiness too.

2. Listen to music as much as you can

Listening to music tends to release happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin into the brain. So, listen to your favourite beats and tunes to relax, and you will see that your mood will naturally improve. It will also get you in the zone that you accomplish more.

3. Surround yourself with aromas you associate with

It is believed that your sense of smell triggers memory. So you can trigger your olfactory senses to relive happy memories with clear images and feelings of happiness. Try to be around aromas, be outside or in your room, that make you feel good and happy.

4. Read

Reading, for people who like it, can put their brains into a pleasurable trance-like state. It offers the same benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers tend to have lower stress levels and are more likely to be happier than non-readers.

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Reading can be a stress-buster and help you fall asleep. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Eat one meal at peace

The nutrients in your food can also produce the body’s feel-good chemicals, serotonin and dopamine. Both of them can help regulate your mood and promote calmness. So have your favourite food at one meal of the day and have it peacefully. Trust us, your dull day would just vanish.

6. Play with a child or pup

Playing or snuggling with a child or a puppy releases oxytocin in the body apart from amping up your levels of happy hormones. It also lowers down cortisol, which is associated with stress and anxiety. So next time you are feeling low, just go out and play with a child or a pet to keep the blues at bay.

Also, read: 7 tips to be happy even if you’re alone

7. Sit among trees or in a park

If you spend time, or have exposure to, green space, it can inculcate positive mood and emotions apart from being a retreat from daily hassles of life. Greenery also reduces the risks of psychological and physiological stress. The next time you have a dull day, just head to a park and soak yourself in some greens.

8. Call an old friend

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Be with people who give you comfort. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Speaking to someone you love or an old friend brings good memories and emotions. So indulge in a good talk with a loved one and your happiness will know no bounds.

9. Soak in a warm tub

Enjoy a warm bath in a tub and add your favourite aroma in it. Trust us, it will not only make you relaxed but will also boost your mood just instantly.

10. Dig deep to find a place of genuine gratitude

If you are feeling negative, and are not excited in your personal or professional life, always look at the positive side of your life and be grateful for things that are good. Then, you will certainly be able to live a happier life. 

Gurpreet Kaur Gurpreet Kaur

A lifestyle journalist with a perennial hunger for all nice things in life - from fashion to food and different cultures. When she is not writing in her favourite coffee spot, she spends her time socializing with people or exploring different cities.

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