Feeling blue, sluggish or just unhappy?
You are not alone! Learn how to improve your mood using my 9 Mood Boosting Tips.
Here is how to get started:
1) Decide you want to make a change in your life
2) Learn mood boosting skills
3) Practice, practice, practice
The most important component to boosting your mood is deciding you want to change. The following mood boosting tip list is not a complete anthology but it is a good place to start. Incorporating tips like these into my life helped me climb out of my personal pit of despair.
Caveat: If you are clinically depressed or think you may be, seek assistance from a mental health professional. Unsure if you’re depressed or its just lost mojo? Click here. If you are suicidal, click here.
9 Tips to Boost Your Mood
#1. Avoid Negative People
Do you attract people in your life that drain your energy? Are you a magnet for unhappy people? I was! People who criticize, berate, make fun of you or crush your dreams are negative. You don’t need people like that busting your good mood. Wave your magic wand and cast them aside. BE GONE ENERGY ZAPPERS! If you cannot cast them aside completely, limit your contact.
Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits. Don’t give up and don’t give in. – Wanda Carter
#2. Act Happy
You can make a conscious choice to break yourself from a gloomy mind-set. Thoughts create emotions and emotions lead us to act (act out, freak out, get pissed off). Focus on optimistic happy thoughts and limit negative thoughts. Act the way you want to feel and you will feel the way you want to act.
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. – Eleanor Roosevelt
#3. Say Cheese
Smile. Smiling releases endorphins. These little teeny tiny molecule thingie-ma-bobbers help you feel better. When you start to smile, others smile back at you. Clark University psychologist argues we can make ourselves happy just by smiling. The behavior of smiling causes the feeling of being happy. Read that again – the behavior causes the feeling. Not the other way around!
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. – Mother Teresa.
#4. Move Your Body
Step away from the tv and the computer (not until after you read this) and go out for a walk, play with your dog , dust off that gym membership, go running, biking or head to the local yoga studio. You don’t need to exercise for hours a day. A brisk 20 minute walk does wonders for your mood, trust me! Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer and endorphins naturally boost your mood. For a fun workout, try Laughter Yoga (no special clothing or pretzel like positions required).
#5. Nourish Your Body
Do you wonder why you feel tired? Are you always sick? If you eat like crap, you’re gonna feel like crap! It ain’t rocket science folks. You are what you eat! Ease up on the caffeine, sugar and fatty foods. If you need help trying to figure out what to eat and what to avoid, consult a nutrition expert. Bottom line: Honor your body and it will honor you.
#6. Release Worry
Do you worry about everything? Do you worry if X happens then Y and Z will happen and if Y and Z happen, I’m screwed! Unless you can predict all future events (which you can’t) or you are God, the omnipotent (if you were, you wouldn’t be reading this), start to accept life is unpredictable. Instead of getting all bungled up in a web of sticky worry, focus on the positives. In order for negativity to grow and sustain, we need to feed it with our thoughts. Don’t feed the nasty worry beast and it won’t grow. For additional self-help strategies about anxiety relief, click here.
#7. Don’t Try. Do.
Instead of “I’ll try to smile more” say “I will smile more” or even better, just smile more! Try is a word that gives you an excuse to quit or a reason to fail before you even get started. Why cut yourself off at the knees? Don’t say ‘Try’. Just Do!
Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’. – Jedi Master Yoda
#8. Eat Cake
OK, yes and no. If it’s an anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate cake, have a piece – not the whole cake. What I’m really trying to say is: ENJOY! RELAX! NURTURE YOURSELF! Go to a movie. Draw. Take a long bath with aromatherapy oils. Nap. Commune with nature. Bask in the sun and breathe in fresh air. Play games with friends. Dance. Shake your booty (or your groove thing)!
Laughter, giggling and silliness releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin. Laughter makes us feel good, it brings people together and breaks down barriers. Find your giggle button, push it repeatedly and laugh. In case you need some help learning how to have fun, here are some Tips on How to Bring Playfulness into your life! When I want to laugh I watch episodes of Friends (Chandler cracks me up), play games with friends, impersonate Ethel Merman and get my laughter yoga on.
Choose to change! Boost your Mood!
Don’t Give Up! Giggle On!
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