“Very little is needed to make a happy life; It is all within yourself; in your way of thinking.”-Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Some days, It can be hard to be upbeat, positive, or happy. You may be in a bad mood and in need of a pick-me-up. There are many strategies a person can use to boost their mood, I’ve come up with a list of ‘5 Ways To Uplift Your Mood” that always work for me. I hope they’re able to help you turn your mood around as well.
1. Use music 🎶
Music can be so therapeutic. When you listen to happy, upbeat music it will put you in a happier mood if you allow yourself to enjoy it and dance around. Make a playlist of upbeat songs that you can easily access when the mood strikes. You may also need to listen to a sad song. For me this helps to let out some bottled emotions I might be holding onto inside; and I might have a good cry and feel ‘better’ after. You need to release negative feelings not let them linger.
2. Get a good laugh🤣
The phrase, “laughter is the best medicine” is so true. Laughing increases dopamine in our brains, the feel good chemical; making it hard to be in a bad mood. You could look up funny YouTube videos, watch stand-up comedy, watch a rom-com, or call a friend who always makes you laugh.
Your environment has a lot to do with your mood and how you feel. When you’re surrounded by clutter it can fuel feelings of stress and unease about all that needs to get done or that isn’t getting done. Even if you just organize your workspace or a small area of your home, you’ll feel a lot better and have a sense of satisfaction.
4. Get some sun 🌞
Studies suggest that light exposure can keep you alert and productive and also help aid feelings of depression. Which is why depression is usually much worse during the winter months from the lack of sunny days. Spend some time outside during the daytime, or open your blinds and let the natural light shine in!
5. Move around 🏃♀️🏋♀️
Any kind of physical activity that gets you up and moving and off the couch or away from your desk can help improve your mood. If you can’t set aside a big chunk of time all at once to go for a walk or do some kind of exercise, you can break it up into increments throughout the day, and that’s going to add up. ‘Some’ movement is better than no movement. Don’t look at it as ‘All or nothing.’
Thanks for reading! 😊