7 Tips for Improving your Mood
Being in a lousy mood significantly affects your outlook on life and, ultimately, your energy and mental performance. The following are easy and effective ways to quickly improve your mood. By incorporating this into your routine, you may realize a considerable new shift in your life.
Name 5 things you are grateful for right now – This is a very powerful exercise that takes you out of whatever mental narrative may be happening and actually rewires your brain to propel you out of negative thoughts. It can be a complete shift and it can happen within a few moments of time.
Train your mind to weed out negativity – Try to be more present when a negative thought comes up. See if you can allow space between the negative thought, and your typical reaction to it. Bring your full attention to the awareness of what is happening and see if you can stop yourself from reacting mentally for that brief moment after the thought has occurred, but simply watch it and notice what is happening, as if it were someone else having that thought. With a little practice, this can be a very powerful way to train your mind to not give energy to the negative thinking. Over time, this little practice will grow until you are no longer even paying attention to the negative thoughts and they simply drift by like clouds in the sky.
Surround yourself with people who understand and care for you – when you are in a situation where there are feelings that need to be dissected, you need to be around people who are sympathetic towards what you are experiencing. These can range from friends and family to professionals who are trained to help you through everything without making you feel guilty, uncomfortable, or ashamed.
Select your responsibilities carefully – taking on too much work leads you to the point of noticing impossibilities. Once you realize that you cannot complete all the things you intended to, it is easy to feel bad.
Do the simple things – when setting milestones and deadlines, you could incorporate simple tasks such as cleaning up, making the bed, reading a book, and shopping for groceries. While these are not life-changing accomplishments, they will propel you to those that are as they trigger the reward centers in your brain, helping you feel better no matter how large or small the task.
Make sure to get some fresh air – ensure that you go out even if you don’t have errands to run. Find a task that will take you outside.
Set realistic goals – having strict deadlines and a fast-growing progress track will leave you feeling too much pressure. Set milestones that unfold to bigger goals. This way, the progress is gradual, and you get to celebrate small wins.
Sleep well – your body needs to rest and reset. A proper good night’s sleep will give you a boost to handle the next day.