Facing down an endless parade of lackluster days? Don’t give up! Take action to improve your mood. Small changes can really help you escape the doldrums and salvage some piece of mind. These tips are a way to have a more positive day and get in a better mood.
Listen To Your Favorite Music
Ever noticed that when you listen to the music you like improves your mood? Well it’s true! Listening to your favorite tunes provides motivation, improves endurance, and improves your performance under stress- all useful side effects in a work environment.
You breathe shallowly when you are angry, stressed, anxious, or scared. By taking the time to take some deep breaths you will calm yourself down and return yourself to a more positive state.
Change Your Eating Habits
Your mood improves when you fuel up properly. Whenever you’re stressed and eat ‘comfort foods’ like doughnuts, you actually worsen your mood and current state. By eating fruits, veggies, and good fats you will feel cleaner and happier.
We psychologically associate warmth with positive experiences and emotions. CU Boulder conducted a study that confirmed this thought: we have a subconscious association between warmth and a positive opinion.
Fake It ‘Til You Make It
Simply smiling can improve your mood and reduce your stress level. Even if you aren’t originally content, after a while you will feel an improvement in mood wash over you.
Laughing has been proven to improve your quality of life. It is a natural medicine that triggers the release of endorphins (the happy neurochemical)- and by getting a daily dose of it, you will have a more positive and relaxed outlook on life.
Meditation and yoga allow you to reflect and rebalance your emotions. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, take the time to meditate and make your way back to a more positive and calm state.
Read Positive Quotes
Doing this has multiple benefits: it can pick you out of the emotional dumps, boost your motivation, and reduce procrastination. Added bonus: they’re everywhere!
Celebrate And Be Thankful
Sharing your accomplishments with others and validating your efforts is a sure-fire way to improve your mood and create a positive environment. Besides, who doesn’t love a good party?
The next time you look at yourself in the mirror tell yourself something positive about yourself or whatever you’re doing. For instance: while getting ready for the day, tell yourself that you are amazing, or that you got this (what ‘this’ is doesn’t matter). It may seem strange at first but loving yourself is very effective for promoting a positive outlook.