So, maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Perhaps every decision you have made since you opened your eyes seems to have been incorrect. No matter the reason, you are in a bad mood. You’re in luck. There are countless ways to boost your mood, and we are going to highlight the top 5.
1. Fake It
You may have heard the phrase, “Fake it ‘til you make it.” Though this method is not always effective for every situation you may be in, it is in regards to improving your mood. How? When you smile, endorphins are released whether you mean it or not. This movement of your facial muscles sends feedback to your brain. Your brain, knowing that a smile signifies happiness, registers that you are happy. You are literally tricking yourself into a better mood!
2. Take a Break and Jam Out
It is no surprise that your favorite song or sound can make you feel happy the moment you turn it on. So, if you feel yourself on a downhill slope in regards to your mood, take a minute or two to have a solo jam session. Music therapy is a real thing! Give it a try. It may be your new favorite way to regain your good mood and your focus.
3. Write Down Affirmations
No matter the reason for your bad mood, it can always help to write down affirmations about yourself. For example, make a list of things that you are good at, goals you have accomplished, and what makes you a valuable asset to your family, friends and coworkers. You can also try making a list of things that you are thankful for. It is always helpful to remind yourself of all of the reasons you have to be happy.
4. Drink Differently
If you haven’t been drinking enough water, drinking more is a good place to start. Dehydration has been known to cause symptoms like fatigue and distress. If you believe that you are drinking enough water, the next place to look is at your caffeine intake. Caffeine has been known to have a negative effect on the consumer’s mood. Perhaps cutting your caffeine intake will boost your spirits! Alcohol can also cause a drastic change in mood, so perhaps you would do well to assess your alcohol intake as well.
Getting enough sleep is essential. While you sleep, your body has time to repair itself. So, a recommended eight hours is what you should be getting. Well-rested individuals are usually happier individuals! (Power naps are great, too!)