I woke up yesterday feeling a bit grumpy and down for no particular reason. But I was determined to not let it ruin my entire day. With this in mind, I turned to one of my favorite things ever – a list – and wrote down a few things that could help me snap out of it. As I know that we all go through these bad moods once in a while, I’m sharing 10 ways to improve your mood and bring back some happiness into your life when you’re not feeling your best.
10 Ways To Improve Your Mood When You’re Not Feeling Your Best
Make yourself a treat.
Let’s start with food, shall we? When I’m feeling down, or even if I feel like I’m spending too much time in front of the screen, I always enjoy taking some time to make something delicious for myself – especially a sweet treat. Baking always gives my mind something to focus on and making something from scratch always makes me feel good about myself. Plus, it’s a way of treating yourself with something delicious!
Go for a walk.
If it’s a good day out, go for a walk. Walking lifts your mood, gives you energy, and gets the endorphins moving which can reduce stress hormones. As much as my mind tells me to stay inside because “you’re too tired”, I always feel better after a walk at the end of the day. This is also a great opportunity for practicing a mindful walk. Without the need of getting anywhere, observe your breath and your surroundings. Be present in the moment and notice things you don’t normally do as you rush from one place to the other.
Journal your feelings.
I don’t do this very often but when I’m feeling down, journaling my feelings always makes me feel better. Putting your thoughts and feelings into paper takes some weight off your shoulders and helps you clarify what’s truly bothering you. But for this to happen, you have to dig deep into how you’re feeling and write it all down – without feelings of judgment towards yourself. When you’re done (or a couple of days later) you can go back to it with a new pair of eyes and analyze what triggered the bad mood so that you can work on it.
Chat with someone.
For me, it’s usually easier to write it down than to talk with someone. But everyone is different so, if you prefer, chat with someone close to you about how you’re feeling or simply make plans with them to help you get out of that bad mood. Just like journaling, chatting with a friend or family member will help you release negative emotions and get clear on why you’re feeling this way.
Cuddle your pet.
I know this is not for everyone but if you have a pet, give him or her some cuddles. Playing with pets is said to reduce stress while keeping your mind distracted and in the moment at the same time. More often than not, we worry about things that are not in the present but in the past or even in the future so by playing with your pet, you will focus on the present moment and that will surely make you feel better.
Do something for someone else.
When was the last time you did something kind for someone without expecting anything in return? I wish I could say I did this often, but I do remember how it always makes me feel warm inside. Push your struggles to the back of your mind for a little while and shift your focus to someone else. How can you make their life a little bit better today? It can be a small gesture such as making dinner for your best friend, buying your mom some flowers or giving a genuine compliment.
Get ready and put on your favorite lipstick.
When I’m feeling down, I tend to get really lazy when it comes to getting ready or doing my hair and makeup. But once I do it, I instantly feel so much better and ready to face the day ahead.
Get some exercise done.
Just like going for a walk, exercise releases endorphins which will help you feel better. And it can be any form of exercise, just pick something that you enjoy and do it for as long as you want. For me, it has been yoga. I’ve been following the 30-Day Yoga Challenge and it has helped me relax, focus on the present moment and get some exercise done while I’m at it.
One of the reasons why you might not be feeling your best is because your mind is too clouded and busy. Gratitude is about taking time from your busy life to appreciate what you have. And when you count your blessings, you realize that your life is actually full of things to be grateful for. So, whether you want to start a daily gratitude practice or simply use as a tool whenever you’re feeling down, it is 100% worthy.
Listen to music.
Another thing that helps me is to put on my headphones and blast my favorite uplifting music while having a little dance session around the house – it works perfectly for me! Music is said to increase joy so make a playlist with your favorite songs that put you in a good mood and dance it out when no one’s watching.