7 Things I do to Change my Mood
Often I don’t even have an excuse for being in a funk. Chris asks me what’s wrong and expects me to have answer…like…how the hell am I supposed to know? Can’t I just be sad? But over the years I’ve found ways to change my mood, maybe one of them will work for you.
I know you’ve heard it before, and trust me, I KNOW, there is nothing I want to do less when I’m down then go for a run. But if I’m able to make myself do it, I do it. I can’t argue with the facts. Exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make us happy.
2. Clean/get work done
I’m a procrastinator, there is no denying it, but the only way for me to get out of a funk is to DO. Cleaning the house usually does the trick. It feels great to be in a clutter free environment and getting up and moving is always a good to do when you’re feeling down.
I don’t know about you but I don’t always realize when my body needs food. I wouldn’t say I get “hangry” more like my blood sugar drops, I feel depressed and weak, and can’t figure out why I feel like crap. After a few bites of food I already feel better about life. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water everyday!
4. Spend time with a friend
Friends are always great at flipping my mood. Sometimes it’s just good to be around other humans.
5. Watch a funny movie
You have probably heard it before, but laughter IS really the best cure. Laughing can actually trick your brain into being happy, so pop in your favorite comedy and let it do its work.
6. Go outside
This one is my favorite. Nature instantly calms me. If you work from home, bring your laptop outside when possible. Have your morning coffee break outside. Go for an evening walk. Take your dog to the park. It’s not natural for humans to be trapped indoors all day. You don’t have to believe in the hippie “reconnecting with nature” thing, just do what you’re comfortable with, Hugging trees isn’t necessary, though it doesn’t hurt. ☺
7. Get off Social Media
Comparing myself to others, reading negative articles, going through trolls’ comments. These things don’t always get me down, but they tend to keep me down when I’m already in the trenches. Putting my phone down and DOING is absolutely the best thing I can do for myself when I’m upset.