I have compiled a list of things that I have found to be effective when working to boost my own mood. Not all of these have to be done at one time and in no particular order. Find one that jumps out at you and give it a try.
Meditation is a great way to boost your mood. Sitting with your legs crossed with nothing on your mind has a way of clearing any negativity from your day and can instantly boost your mood if done right. There are many different ways to meditate. Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to sit with your legs crossed and your hands on your knees. Meditation can be reading a good book or listening to one of your favorite bands.
2. Find a hobby
Finding a hobby can help with keeping your mind occupied and keep negative thoughts at bay. One of my favorite hobbies that keeps my mind focused is crocheting. Having to think about every stitch as my hand moves is helpful in boosting my mood. Another good hobby for me has been archery. Archery causes me to clear my mind of everything that is not necessary for aiming at the target. Find a hobby that does the same for you.
3. Reduce stress
Reducing stress could mean a lot. It can also be quite difficult depending on your current stress level. But don’t let it discourage you. Try reducing a little at a time. If it financial stress, attempt to reduce debt. Come up with a plan and tackle your stress a little at a time. Step by step, you will see your mood start to improve because of the reduction in stress.
If you have never heard of grounding before, it can seem a little intimidating, or even nonsensical, at first. Grounding is walking or standing barefoot in the grass. This will bring you closer to nature and, in doing so, releases serotonin in the brain.
5. Cut out toxicity
This is another one of those things that can be pretty intimidating when there is a lot of it to be done. Once again, tackle this a little bit at a time. If the toxicity comes from a dead-end job, maybe it is time to move on and find something more fulfilling. If it is from a relationship, there may be a conversation that needs to happen or it could just be time to call it quits. Whatever it may be, the toxicity is only going to bring down your mood.
6. Listen to happy music
We all have the terrible habit of listening to sad music when we are sad to, for whatever reason, make ourselves more sad. Stop it! Put on some upbeat music, crank it up loud, and jam out. This is something that has helped me boost my mood on countless occasions.
7. Give yourself time to recharge
I cannot express how important this one is, especially if you have a very hectic and people-oriented schedule. The more time you spend with the people around you, the more time you are going to need to recharge. This means, meditating, taking advantage of that new found hobby, relaxing for a weekend instead of going out. You cannot boost your mood if you are constantly focused on everyone else.
8. Set goals
Goal setting is a big factor in just keeping yourself accountable to your own mind, body, and soul. Pay attention to what these parts of yourself are trying to tell you. If you are unhappy, set goals to find time to adjust habits to boost your mood. If your body is unhealthy, set health goals. If your soul is drained, set goals for “me time”, which leads me into my next point:
9. Set aside “Me Time”
Setting aside “me time” is related to giving yourself time to recharge but it is more focused on your body than your mind. If you look good, you feel good. Get out, get a haircut, get your nails done, buy a new outfit.
Exercising has been proven to boost your mood. There are a number of studies that have been done showing that exercise can help improve your mood and reduce anxiety. It is important to take care of your body so that you can, in turn, take care of your mind.
These things may seem difficult at first, but when you start implementing them into your everyday life and get into a routine, they become second nature. Boosting your mood and getting out of a slump that life, society, your relationships, your health, etc. have put you in can be an immense challenge but once you start to adjust one thing, the others will start to fall into place. Keep working at it!