5 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Mood
Updated: May 17
Ruts are easy to fall into, but are also super easy to get out of when armed with the right tools. The importance of keeping your mind in a state of ease, and even joy is a super important step to becoming the best version of yourself. Try some of these tricks the next time you're in a slump.
When you find yourself in a moment of negativity, or a funk you can't seem to pull yourself out of, just breathe. I'm sure you're like "yeah, yeah, yeah, k thanks Tips." But there is very little effort needed, and all you have to think about is counting your breaths. It's a really good way to bring yourself back to earth.
Try the 4x4x4x4 Breathing Method.
Inhale while counting to 4.
Hold for 4.
Exhale for 4.
Hold for 4.
Repeat as many times as you feel necessary. Try to clear your mind while doing it, and just focus on your breaths and counting. It may not end all your worldly problems, but will definitely leave you with a clearer mind. I use this if I start to feel anxious, or am faced with someone who is frustrating me. It's an easy way to bring yourself back to earth.
2. Script the Life You Want
Grab a pen and paper and just start writing in your journal as if you are living the life you want right now. Be as descriptive as possible. Write how you're feeling about living your best life. Write how amazing everything is. Write about the kick ass job, house, relationship, you have now.
Whatever your current problems are, flip the script. Tell your journal, the universe, your future self, whoever, just how amazing your life is.
Some Ideas to Write About:
The amazing vacation you're currently on
Your gorgeous new house
Your amazing relationship
Your dream body, and how it feels to be healthy and vibrant
The kick ass job you just landed
Get creative, write about it as if it's happening right now. Keep it present tense, keep it amazing and perfect, and everything you want. Really live in that moment and feel it as if it's happening to you right now.
3. Make Your Bed
There are studies that show that people who make their beds have increased productivity, lower stress levels, tidier homes, and improved moods. I have definitely noticed a difference in my day when I make my bed.
If you make your bed, you've already completed a task. It doesn't even have to be perfect, but throwing your blanket over your bed, and adjusting the pillows quickly takes less than a minute. You'll definitely thank yourself when you get to climb into a made bed at night as well.
Make the commitment to yourself to try if for a week. You may just become addicted to that productivity boost.
4. Have a Solo Dance Party
Throw on some fun pick me up music and just dance. Let your body move and shake your booty! Just get your groove on girl! Seriously, it feels silly at first, but we all need a little more silly in our lives. The seriousness is not getting us anywhere. Let loose!
Even better, find some songs you loved when you were younger and take a trip down memory lane to when things were much simpler.
Some of My Fave Songs to Dance To:
Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
Stop - Spice Girls (Or Wannabe!)
You're a Superstar - Love inc.
Pony - Ginuwine
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
Blue - Eiffel 65
Just Dance - Lady Gaga
Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
It Wasn't Me - Shaggy
Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
5. Do Something Kind for Someone Else
There is no bigger way to boost your mood than to boost someone else's. I find this works best for me when I do something kind without even having to see the reaction of it. There are lots of ways you can spread a little kindness in the world. I like to think it becomes infectious, or can help someone else who may be having a bad day.
Leave kind notes in random places where you know someone will find it.
Leave $5 inside something in the grocery store.
Pay for the persons coffee behind you in the drive through.
Compliment a stranger.
Hold a door open for someone.
Let someone in in traffic.
Smile at a stranger.
You'll be amazed how easily spreading a little kindness can really help to life your mood, even if you aren't having the greatest day.
Hopefully you can apply some of these or all of them to your life to try and boost your mood.
Let me know what your favorite tips are for boosting your mood!