Father and daughter baking together

Have you been feeling low in recent weeks? Are you tired of being at home? Is your daily routine getting a bit boring?

Here at LloydsPharmacy, we understand that lots of people will be struggling to stay happy, energised and motivated. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 10 mood-boosting activities that will shake up your week and have you smiling.

1.      Organise a picnic

Across the UK, people are now allowed to go outside and meet up with other households. This means that, for the first time in weeks, we’re able to get together with friends and family to enjoy the summer weather – in other words, it’s time for a picnic! Pack up a hamper with all your favourite snacks and drinks, grab a few blankets and head for your nearest green space. Just make sure you avoid sharing food, drink, plates, cups and cutlery with people from other households, and always maintain a distance of around two metres.

2.      Cook a new recipe

Whether or not you’re a whizz in the kitchen, trying a new recipe can be a great way to get yourself out of a rut. If you’re feeling adventurous, cook something you’ve never tried before. If you’re seeking comfort, try recreating your favourite takeaway meal but completely from scratch!

If you have kids or a partner, you can get them involved as sous-chef (or dishwasher).

3.      Take a long bubble bath

One of the best ways to relax and boost your mood is to set aside a couple of hours and run yourself a bubble bath. Bring in a good book or some speakers so you can listen to a podcast or your favourite album. You can also heighten the experience with scented candles, a bath pillow, and your favourite drink.

4.      Watch a famous film you’ve never seen before

Now’s the time to tick off all those things you’ve never had the time for. Find a list of classic or top-rated films, and pick one that sounds appealing. For the ultimate cinema experience, dim the lights, make a big bowl of popcorn, and turn off your phone. You get bonus points for watching anything black & white!

5.      Do a workout video

Doing exercise releases feel-good hormones that boost your mood, give you energy, and soothe feelings of anxiety and stress. You don’t have to make workout videos a daily activity, but if you’re feeling low and you need to get energised, a short burst of exercise will do wonders.

To get you started, here’s health influencer Chessie King showing you how you can exercise at home using only your sofa!

6.      Play a board game

Have you heard the news? Board games are officially cool again. Whether you love classics like Monopoly and Scrabble, or new titles like Ticket to Ride and Codenames, now’s the time to put your competitive hat on and challenge your family to a game. It’s a great way to spend time with loved ones away from screens.

7.      Start a comfort re-watch

Revisiting your favourite comfort watch is a great way to boost your mood– whether it’s a sitcom, sci-fi epic or daytime murder mystery. Just try to resist the urge to binge episodes for hours at a time, particularly late at night, as this can disrupt your sleep.

8.      Learn something new

Keeping your mind active is a great way to stave off boredom, low mood and anxiety. If you’ve been feeling uninspired during lockdown, you can try learning something new.

Apps such as Duolingo and Rosetta Stone are great if you want to learn a new language. Alternatively, you could take an online lecture course, or simply order some non-fiction books on topics that pique your interest.

9.      Try stress-relief techniques

If you’re having a particularly hard day, you can try boosting your mood with stress-relief techniques such as controlled breathing and yoga. We also recommended the guided meditations that health influencer Cat Meffan has created for us.

10.      Catch up with an old friend

We might be far apart but it’s never been easier to get in contact with loved ones via video call. If you haven’t spoken to an old friend in a while, schedule a chat, make yourself a cuppa, and spend some time catching up. It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits!