All of us have days when we're out of sorts. You just wish you were in a better mood.
You've had days like that, haven't you?
Perhaps you tried to get yourself into a better state of mind but struggled to achieve it.
Sometimes we get stuck in our own emotional dumps and forget how easy it is to feel happier, so here are seven simple ways to lift your mood. Many people have found them useful. Some of them may surprise you!
1. Go for a walk.
This is my new go-to for helping me to feel better, especially when I am escorted by my partner. In fact, he is the one who helped me to see the benefits. When he first suggested it, I thought it was a strange thing to do, to go for walks along the canal, for no reason. Now I am the one requesting to go. Most people know that going for a short daily walk is one of the best forms of exercise. When you are feeling down it is even more beneficial. If you can, go into a natural environment with plants and birds. Next time you go for a stroll, whether you are by yourself or with someone else, try thinking about the following questions to get yourself to be in the present, especially if you have a lot of thoughts going on in your head, this will give you some time to not think about them. What do you notice first? The different shades of greenery, the fresh smell of country air, the sounds of birds, or the sunlight shining through the trees?
2. Listen to quality music.
Music can shift a listener's state within moments. Its effect can be nearly magical. Tune into something you haven't listened to in ages or turn on the radio to something you've never listened to before. I would also like to add something I have been trialling out recently, is listening to focus/concentration music on Youtube, my main reason for doing so is because I normally work in a shared workspace, so by doing this, I am able to drown out the external noise, but not get carried away with lyrics on a song.
3. Open yourself to discovering something new.
Read something (printed, not online) different than what you would normally watch. There are a ton of different types of magazines can you get these days. Visit your local library or browse through a magazine rack. Pick up or buy a magazine you wouldn't normally buy. You may discover something wonderful. I started to purchase books in the latter part of 2019, rather than reading online. As a result, I am able to annotate the book, which means I retain more information.
4. Find something to laugh at.
Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits. Find a humorous book, or watch a comedy. Even better, try to learn a few new jokes and tell them to others. For me, I love to Facetime or visit my niece and nephews or spend time with my friends, who are normally laughing at me!
5. Simple breathing meditation.
Breathing meditation is a great exercise that you can do anywhere. Simply allow yourself to sit comfortably with your back straight. Now close your eyes and become aware of the flow of air into and out of your nostrils. That's all there is to it. I tend to do this for 10-15 minutes, each morning. Notice how pleasantly surprised you can be at how you feel afterwards.
6. Doodling for the fun of it.
Unfortunately, I do not do this enough, but,I can remember when I was young and used to doodle for hours. Kids love drawing silly little pictures. Drawing is not just for kids or artists. If you can get some pens, pencils, crayons or whatever you have and just draw for the fun of it. Notice how your state of mind shifts. This is something I will try again, at some point.
7. Think of others less fortunate.
The fact that you are reading this article suggests that you are probably much better off than most people on this planet. At times this may be hard to believe, but if you can read and have access to the internet, just those two things alone means you are better off than most people in the world. There are many human beings that barely have access to the basics of survival. There are people in lots of pain. Allow your compassion for them to grow.
These are all pretty simple. There's nothing profound or life-changing, but when all you need is a quick pick me up these may be just the thing you need.
Putting simple ideas, methods, tools and techniques into action will help you achieve change quickly and easily--surprisingly so at the time-- than you imagine.
Please comment on this blog to let me know what works for you. It always good to find new ways to be happier.