9 Instant Mood Boosters
It is true that not everyone can always be in a good mood. Sometimes drastic changes in habit must take place before a person’s average mood improves in any way. If you have ever felt or still feel like nothing could boost your mood, there are small things you can do.
Here’s a list of ways you can boost your mood and energy in a short amount of time:
1. Take a Shower
The majority of people take a shower during specific times, some just before getting into bed and others right after coming from work. Here is another reason to take a shower, even if you’re only in it for 5 minutes.
The hot water will ease the tension in your muscles, allow you to move your back more easily and allow further rotation of your neck and shoulders. Not only will it help relieve muscle tension, but the steam from the hot water will open up your sinuses, allowing for deeper breaths.
Not only are you getting yourself clean, but you’re boosting your mood at the same time.
2. Contact Someone You Love
Whether you are sending a personal message on social media, an e-mail, or making a call, contact a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to for a while. Catching up with this person can do wonders to boost your mood.
Talking with a familiar face will help evoke fun times where you and they goofed off, jumping off a roof with a bed sheet parachute and laughing at the end result. Or you can also discuss the hilarious cat videos you’ve each seen on YouTube recently.
Humans are social creatures and being distant from others runs contrary to our very biology.
3. Do a Deep Breathing Exercise
You can also boost your mood with the following deep breathing exercise: breathe in for 5 seconds. Then, hold in that breath for 5 seconds and proceed to exhale for another 5 seconds.
Doing this expands your diaphragm, relieves physical tension, and some claim it relieves physical pain as well.
4. Sniff a Lemon
This is something I love doing at the grocery store while food shopping. It does sound weird, but the aroma of the citrus fruit can connect directly to your emotional state. Think of it as a natural ‘stimulant.’
In one experiment, a Japanese research team concluded that the linalool (a naturally occurring terpene alcohole) had the ability to inhibit inappropriate activation of the “fight or flight” response. This means, that if someone is stuck in “fight or flight” mode, the scent of lemon can calm them down.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been an expert dancer your whole life or you dance with a video game, dancing for a short while is a great way to lift the spirits. Dancing triggers the release of endorphins, the neurotransmitter responsible for our positive moods. The response may also be triggered by listening to music you are fond of.
6. Say Mood-Boosting Affirmations
A lot of times we our moods are dragged down by the weight of our own feelings. One of the best ways to deal with this constructively is to recite self-affirmations. Say to yourself things such as “I am happy, I am smart. I can finish this in no time” or “I love myself.”
Choose a different one for each day of the week to change things up.
7. Get Rid of Clutter
Take some time to re-organize a specific room in the house. Don’t give a deep clean but simply get rid of the excess clutter in that space. Cleaning up just a small portion will give you a sense of control, change the atmosphere and make you happier.
8. Listen To Brainwave Audio
There now exist special audio to help induce a deep meditative state in a short while. It allows a person to reach a period of relaxation faster than through traditional meditation, though you experience the same benefits.
Brainwave audios are easy enough to use and there’s no struggle to quieting your mind.
9. Get Some Light
Even if you don’t feel like going anywhere, stepping outside for just a few minutes can help. Because light is necessary for vitamin d production, sunlight will boost that production, directly improving your mood.
If you’ve been feeling really bummed lately, try these tips and see if they help.