Everyone experiences times when they feel unhappy, down, restless or even irritable. Maybe it's the time of year, the weather, situations in your life, or maybe you cant point out a reason. Often a somber mood can be cured with physical or mental stimulation. The next time you need a mood booster try one of these quick fixes.
If you spend a lot of time at a desk or other enclosed space, get outside. The fresh air and open space will help release the tension in your body. Stretch your arms and legs. Walking and hiking will also help get the blood flowing and oxygen pumping.
Go for a Walk
Lace up the shoes and go out for a walk. A 20-minute walk at a nearby park often does it for me. What started as a mood-booster for me, has now become a daily routine (when the weather allows). Fresh air and movement typically does the trick.
Hit the gym
If you have a gym membership - this one-ups the walk. Blood flowing and a good sweat has incredible benefits for both your body and mind. The added benefit of interacting with others can also boost your mood.
Try a sport
Call up your buddies. Recreational sports such as basketball, soccer, tennis, handball, or even some two-hand touch football is a great way to jolt your mood. (Avoid tackle football or boxing - while it may make you feel better, it wont end well for your opponent). Bonus points if you play a team sport - working together with other players, high-fives, and fist bumps are like adrenaline shots for your mood.
Reach out to a friend
Interacting with others can also help boost your mood. Call a friend or family member. If you are dealing with something specific - talk about it. Even if you don't hash out your feelings, sometimes just talking with someone can help improve your mood.
Help someone else
Helping others often is often just as much a help to ourselves. This could be as simple as asking others if they need a hand, or volunteering with activities in your community. Interacting with others and doing good are golden mood boosters.
Craving junk food often comes along with feeling down or depressed. Your diet plays an important role in your emotional health. Eat a diet that includes whole grains, lean meats, vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts. These things will not only improve your physical health, but its also an emotional step by taking control over your well being.
Read a book
Are you always saying you wish you had more time to read? Make time. Prioritizing your personal time is a power-move over mood and self-care. 30-minutes in a quiet spot with a good book can help put you in a better spot. Just skip Romeo & Juliet or anything by Steven King.
Write in a journal
Sometimes writing down your feelings or articulating your thoughts is a good way to get them off your mind. Keeping things in your head (or your heart) can put them front of your mind and prevent you from being productive - thus down on your mood. Also, reflecting on positive thoughts, feelings and experiences can boost your mood.
These simple tasks can help boost your mood on a down day. But if you are feeling down often, be sure to discuss feelings of unhappiness, stress or anxiety with your doctor. Depression is common, especially during a pandemic, so it's nothing to be ashamed about. Some people may need medication or other therapies to stabilize their mood. Self-care is important and you deserve to be happy.