Some days go really well and some not so much. If your day is taking a turn for the worse, you need to stop the downward slide. A break away can be ideal but not available to everyone. You might not have time for an hour-long therapy session to get you back on track.
When you’re happy, you’re more productive and generally on a better track to success and easier to live with. When you are down you can be distracted and sour the relationships around you. You drag others down and can say things that you don’t perhaps mean and hurt others.
There are a few things you can do to lift your mood.
1. Count your blessings.
When times are tough, people often lose sight of the positive things in their lives. Few people really have their entire life crashing down around them. Most feel their mood drop in moments of stress. You can turn things up quickly by taking stock of what’s going well. Simply grab a piece of paper and write down a list of everything good in your life. You’ll be surprised how quickly that smile creeps back onto your face.
2. Go for some chocolate!
I know you are surprised I would suggest that. It should really be dark chocolate the darker the better because science has shown that it is a mood enhancer. Go easy though, you don’t need a lot a few squares are enough.
3. Think of a loved one.
When your mood drops it might be because you feel alone? Perhaps the stress of the day has isolated you and left you feeling empty. Think about the person who loves you most and remember times when that person brought a smile to your face. Memories are powerful, and visualising them can transfer that warm emotion directly.
4. Say a quick affirmation.
There is no need to beat yourself, even if you made a big mistake. Boost your mood by reminding yourself how smart and talented you are. Repeat after me: I am a good person with intelligence and skills. I can do anything I set my mind to. I can and will learn from my errors and immediately become stronger, happier, and more effective.
Being overwhelmed with too much distraction can sap your energy and drop your mood. There are apps that can help and guide you. I have found the one called ‘Calm’ it’s very good and some only last a few minutes, so can easily be scheduled into your day.
6. Make a short thank-you list.
Maybe you feel that people don’t appreciate you enough and it’s making you sad. There is that saying ‘what goes around comes around’ so maybe you should appreciate how much others contribute to your life and feel better about those around you. List at least five people who did something nice for you in the last week. Make a point to send them a note or give them a call before the day is done.
7. Have some fun!
Only you can decide what you consider to be fun. It may just be putting on some of your favourite music and dancing around wildly! It’s a great way to get the blood pumping and it’s really energising.