Sometimes, you just need a quick pick-me-up; an attitude adjustment. A disagreement with your husband, long lines at the grocery store when you’re in a rush, or the kids acting up can seriously impact your mindset.
Having the skills to adjust your mood when needed can make the frustrations of life a whole lot easier to deal with. Not only are you helping yourself- your kids are watching and learning from you!
Here are five of my favorite tried and true ways to boost your mood in just a few minutes:
1- Smile. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Now smile from ear-to-ear. A big, heartfelt smile from deep down in your soul. Even if you don’t quite feel like smiling, do it anyway. Studies show that even if you’re not feeling happy, forcing yourself to smile releases lots of feel-good chemicals in your brain. So flash your pearly whites. Fake it until you make it!
2- Be kind. A surefire way to feeling good again is to do something nice for someone else. Generosity takes the focus off our problems and helps us connect to other people around us. Focusing on yourself constantly isn’t healthy or rewarding.
Take a moment to think about someone you can do something nice for right now. It can be as easy as writing an encouraging email to someone or dropping a “thinking of you” card in the mail to a relative you haven’t seen in awhile. Buy a bouquet of flowers to drop off to your elderly neighbor. Bake a cake for your family and surpise them with dessert tonight.
3- Sing! Find your inner diva. Singing is good for your mood no matter how you sound. Turn up the Spotify and sing for the pure joy of it.
Check out some of my favorite mood boosting songs on my Spotify list below. It’s an eclectic mix! You’ll hear some country, pop, Motown, and Contemporary Christian. Check it out:
4- Move your body. Dance while you sing. Take the dog for a walk. Que up a free exercise video on YouTube. A little cardio will increase your heart rate and get your blood flowing, which is a great mood booster.
5- Count your blessings. Take a few minutes to write down three things you’re grateful for- these can be small things (it rained so I don’t have to get out the sprinkler!) or big (my son got a job!). Reflect on the blessings in your life. The more specific you can be, the easier it will be for your brain to connect with a feel good emotion. Gratitude shifts your perspective, forcing you to think about the good things in your life rather than focusing on the bad.
My friend, Bonnie, keeps a handwritten gratitude list taped to her kitchen wall. It’s been hanging there since 2010! Her husband, their kids, their kids’ friends, and her own friends have added the things they’re grateful for to her list. There are over 980 things to be grateful for on her list now. That list is a powerful mood booster!
The next time you find yourself slipping into a funk, take control by trying one of these mood boosters! If you enjoyed this post, will you be kind and share it? Just click one of the share buttons below.