Monday, March 19, 2018

10 No Fail Ways to Boost Your Mood

We all have those days that we just feel grumpy or gloomy.  No one is exempt from them and most people can't just snap out of it without changing something that's going on in their days, whether that's something inside their heads that they are dealing with (that little voice in your head can sometimes be your worst enemy) or something that is happening to them in the workplace or with family life or anything else that is stressful or frustrating. Sometimes everyone could use a little mood booster.

No one likes to feel down or upset. Sometimes it happens for good reason and we need to accept it (like with grief), but when there is a way to change it, who doesn't want to make themselves feel better and be happier?  There are things you can do every day to help your day go better, but It can be hard to come up with things that will help you feel better when you're in the thick of it so here are some ways to be sure to boost your mood.

Do something productive.  Deep clean one room in your house. Get one job marked off your list at work.  Get a project you've been working on finished. It doesn't really matter how small the thing you choose is. There have been studies that show that marking off something from your to-do list increases dopamine, which is a hormone that helps you feel happy, to your brain. And once you start marking things off your list, chances are you'll have a lot more motivation to mark other things off and your happiness levels will just keep rising.

Get out of the house. This is tricky for me when the weather is cold (thank heaven it seems to be warming up around here.) but getting fresh air and sunshine -- even on a cloudy day-- helps you feel refreshed and helps clear your brain. Plus, vitamin D does a ton of good things for your mood.

Turning on some music. Find that one song that you just can't help but smile when you hear it. Turn it up loud (or not if you work in a quiet environment) and let it repeat until you feel better. Or make a whole playlist of songs that make you feel good. You know the ones that I'm talking about, you hear them on the radio and you can't help but turn it up. You'll get even more endorphins if you make a dance party out of it.

Speaking of endorphins, go get some exercise. Most people think of exercise as something that will help with long-term happiness, and it will, but exercise helps you almost immediately. There is no way to measure the number of times that I have left for a run in a terrible mood and come back a completely different person. Not only do the endorphins get moving when you get moving, but working out often gives you a way to process emotions and other things going on in your head. And your brain functions much better during and after exercise. So you can sort a whole lot of stuff out during a 20-minute (longer if you have the time) run or workout session. Get moving.

Make a list of everything that has gone right this week.  This can be a hard one, especially if you feel like you're taking hits left and right when it comes to life lately.  But there is always something that you can be happy about. There's always at least one blessing that you can find in your life to be thankful for.

Talk.  If you're down and feeling lonely a phone call, or even a text conversation, can help you not feel so alone.  Have someone who knows that some days just suck and sometimes you just need to talk and give them a call.  For me, this is my mom and my sister. I know that if I'm really just struggling and down that, I can call or text them a huge list of complaints and they will always help me look for the good and find something to smile about. And, seriously, if you can't find someone to talk to, please email me! I've been there a lot. I know what sad and depressed is like and I'll do my very best to help.

Treat yourself to an indulgent snack or with some me time, or both.  When I can't get myself out of a funk, I find some chocolate and watch a chick flick or a sappy tv show (This is Us anyone?) and I just let myself relax and not think about the things in my life that are stressing me out.

Do something for someone else. Just about every person has experienced the joy they feel when they see someone else happy because of something they did.  Serving each other helps us think of all the good things in our lives. It boosts empathy for others. It strengthens our relationship and love for others.

Write down the good things from your day.  I did really good for a while to write in a journal every night and highlight the best things from the day. Doing this really helps you see that most days are mostly good with a few hard or bad things in there. But on the days that really just are horrible, you can look back at your other good days and find hope.

Go to sleep. At the end of the day, if none of that has worked, go to bed early so that you can start your day off better tomorrow.  Sometimes days are just hard and long and sad. Sometimes you hit a bad streak and your days feel hard and you feel down or frustrated and nothing seems to be going right. But remember that for every bad day that you have, there are always good days to come.

What do you do to boost your mood on a bad day?

What song is on your happy playlist?

What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?


  1. I need this post! Sleeping definitely helps me feel better!

    1. You can definitely tell when I don’t sleep well! I hope you get a great sleep tonight with that little tiny!