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Five expert-approved activities that will boost your mood, and transform how you spend your free time

Five expert-approved activities to transform your mood
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Trying to find a work/life balance can feel like a full-time job in itself.

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Wherever you’re working, trying to find balance in the chaos is tough – which is why it’s important to take time out to do the fun things that make us feel most like ourselves.

The best bit? Even just a few spare minutes spent doing something you love can have a big impact on your mood. From belting out classics in the car with friends or while navigating tricky traffic on your commute (new Adele album incoming), to just taking ten minutes away from your desk to grab a coffee and stretch your legs, self-care doesn’t have to mean a ten day off-grid retreat.

Stuck for inspiration? Here are some of the expert-approved activities that are guaranteed to spark joy, improve your mood and boost your overall wellbeing. Five sure-fire ways to boost your mood (even if you only have ten minutes to spare).


Laugh – there’s a science behind it

Dopamine and serotonin are two key chemicals that help our brains stay balanced. A fast track to generating them? Laughter, naturally. Whether it’s a quick ten minute phone call spent catching up with your funniest friend, or 40 minutes spent listening to your favourite comedy podcast in the car, you’ve heard it straight from us: making time for belly laughs matters.


Get into nature


Whether you’re a natural green thumb, or a succulent is about the most you can manage, there’s mounting evidence to suggest that engaging with nature can have a positive knock-on effect on our minds, with Mental Health Journal citing gardening as capable of reducing stress and improving mood. So get into the garden, pronto!


Put on your Sunday best (even if it’s Monday morning)


If anyone understands the mood-boosting powers inherent in dressing up, it’s the team here at Marie Claire HQ. The old “when you look good, you feel good” adage is far from just an old wives’ tale. In fact, there’s a psychology behind it.


Yep, not only does playing dress up boost our confidence, this has a knock on effect on everything from how we walk, to our posture. This in turn affects how we breathe, how calm our nervous system is, and even our sleep quality. So next time someone is haranguing you to hurry up and get ready, feel free to tell them that we said dressing up is good for your health.

Do something nice for someone else


OK, so hear us out on this one. While spending time on someone else may feel counterintuitive to self-care, it’s actually a sure-fire mood-booster. I mean, when was the last time you felt the sheer unbridled joy of driving to a friends’ house with a bunch of flowers in the passenger seat?


In fact, research shows that even just witnessing the act of kindness towards others can be a mood booster. So, what are you waiting for? Get in the car and go.


Carpool karaoke


Speaking of feeling good, is there anything better than belting out karaoke classics in the car? One of our favourite features of the All-Electric Mustang Mach-E (and believe us, there are many), is its award-winning B&O sound system*. Using advanced audio technology, it blends seamlessly with the vehicle’s design, meaning you scarcely even know it’s there – that is, until it begins to play. With the added bonus of no engine noise, nostalgic cult classics and buzzy new releases alike never sounded so good…

Oh, and did you know that the Mustang Mach-E can charge 73 miles in just 10** at a DC fast charge point – yes, 10 – minutes? Yep, in the same time it takes to phone up a mate for a quick laugh, pencil in some exciting plans, put on your glad rags, do something nice for someone else or belt out at least three of ABBA’s greatest hits, you could charge up the Mustang Mach-E so it’s ready for the road.

As easy to charge as a smartphone, the Mustang Mach-E has been designed to provide a driving experience that’s centred around you – with everything from intelligent active parking technologies***, to advanced safety systems and smooth acceleration. So you can spend less time stressing about travelling, and more time singing at the top of your lungs.

*Standard on AWD & GT models. Optional on RWD models (22.25MY)

**At a public DC fast charge point. Charge power can decrease with increasing state of charge. Actual charge times and charge speeds can vary based on different factors (Weather, temperature, driving behaviour, vehicle condition, age of the lithium-ion-battery, used charging infrastructure).

***Optional as part of the tech pack +

For more information on the Ford Puma MHEV, Kuga FHEV & PHEV and the All-Electric Mustang Mach-E ranges, or to request a contact, visit ford.co.uk. Or contact the Mustang Mach-E Concierge service at concier8@ford.com

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