Sometimes, I feel a little “down.” We all do. There have even been times when I’ve struggled for days — and even weeks — at a time.
However, there are things you can do to improve your overall outlook on life. Paying attention to my health has been a big help recently. Gradual lifestyle changes can add up to a better life in general.
Even with a better overall outlook, though, there are still days when the predominant feeling is “blah.” On those days, I try to improve my mood immediately. If you are struggling with your mood right now, here are 10 actions you can take to boost feel better:
- Sit up straighter: Being slumped over affects your body’s overall “feel.” Sit up straight, get the blood flowing easier, and clear your head. Not only will you feel immediately better, but you’ll feel more confident, too.
- Laugh: There’s nothing like a good laugh to help you feel better. Don’t make it a cynical laugh, either. Look for a wholesome, joyful reason to laugh.
- Breath deep: You don’t need to full-on meditate to feel better right now. Take three deep breaths, paying attention to how the breath moves in and out of your body. Inhale for a count of five, pause, exhale for a count of five. Do this three times, and you’ll be surprised at how the tension flows out of your body.
- Accomplish a small task: Do you have a small thing that needs to be checked off your to-do list? If so, do that task right now. If you can spend three to seven minutes and accomplish an item on your list, you’ll feel better about yourself and your day — and you might even be motivated to move on to the next thing.
- Take a brisk walk: If you have five to 10 minutes, take a brisk walk. Moving for a few minutes can help you clear your head, get the blood moving, and improve your overall mood.
- Go outside: Extra bonus points if you take your brisk walk outside. Nature can help you feel better about yourself. Plants and natural things can improve your mood, even if you don’t go outside. Look out a window, or contemplate a plant. I have an orange tree in my home office. Sometimes, just looking at the tree, and enjoying its fragrance, helps lift my mood.
- Change your position: Just being in the same position for too long can bring you down. If you’ve been sitting for awhile, stand up. If you are laying down, turn to the other side. Shift your sitting position to something different. Just moving your body can help you feel better.
- Put on some music: Listen to something that you really enjoy. It will help you refocus, and stimulate the parts of your brain that govern feelings of happiness. Choose something that helps you feel good and upbeat.
- Say thank you: Gratitude is one of the most potent ways to feel good. Expressing thanks takes you out of yourself, and reminds you of the good things in life.
- Drink some water: Even a small amount of dehydration can make you cranky. If you want to stay feeling good, drink some water. There’s nothing like a cold drink of water to help you feel better immediately.
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