13 easy ways to improve your mood
Sometimes, we get up in a very bad mood for some reason, or we think we have plenty of time to peacefully get prepared, to finally find ourselves stuck in traffic and stressed because we will (again) arrive late at the office.
Some days, it seems like nothing is going well, and whatever we do, everything will go wrong.
The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do to start your day on a positive note.
Incorporate a few of these tips into your day and you'll see that you can start your day in the best possible mood!
- PLEASE YOURSELF
Think about what you can do to make yourself happy and take care of yourself, then plan a time of the day to really do it.
Because taking care of yourself and treating yourself with gentleness and kindness every day is essential to feel good and be in a good mood!
- ADD COLOR
Use the power of colors to help you feel happier and energized.
Red and purple boost energy, while green and yellow make you happy.
Red and purple stimulate the production of adrenaline in our body, which can give us the impression that we have more energy and that we are capable of anything.
Studies also showed that most people associate the color green with happiness, hope, comfort, and enthusiasm.
Adding a little green to your day is therefore an easy way to get in a good mood.
TAKE A FEW MINUTES EVERY DAY TO APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE
Make a daily list (oral or written) of everything you are lucky to have. Sometimes when you're having a bad day, it's hard to remember all the things that make you happy and enjoy every day.
SAVE TIME FOR HUGGING
Whether it's petting your cat or dog, hugging your other half, giving your baby or kid a sweet kiss, or just a quick hug with a friend, it can really help put you in a good shape and light mood.
Do you know that kind of confusing yet warm feeling that you get after hugging a person or an animal?
It's not just a feeling, it's really a great feeling that benefits our whole body. So, cuddle your loved ones!
Regularly practicing meditation can help you feel peaceful and serene. All you have to do is focus on your breathing for a few minutes and concentrate on the present moment to have a much better state of mind which will then help you to face the rest of the day.
You don't have to do anything special to meditate, but whether you want to recite a mantra or use a dedicated meditation app, these tools can be useful in helping you improve your practice.
- LISTEN TO MUSIC
Adding cheerful music to your routine is one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost your mood.
Listening to cheerful music can make someone happier in about two weeks.
It is therefore rather effective! Including music in your morning routine will help keep you in a light mood and face the day with a smile!
Start your day with gentle stretches, a short yoga session, or a short workout
MAKE SURE TO TAKE YOUR TIME IN THE MORNING
There is nothing more unpleasant than waking up, realizing that you are already late, having to hurry so that you can be on time to the office, school, or anywhere else under stress, precipitation and anguish.
Granted, making sure you take your time in the morning will definitely require you to get up a little bit earlier, but it will be well worth it because that's what will get your day started right as compared to doing everything in panic and stressing yourself out for nothing.
Having time to have a leisurely hot drink, do some yoga, read a book, or take a good relaxing shower can help you start your day on a much more positive note.
- FIX OBJECTIVES
Ending your day by making a to-do list for the next day allows you to start your day with a light mind while having all the goals for the day in mind.
This is ideal for staying motivated throughout the day and waking up feeling like you've been a little bit productive.
It is especially important to end the day calmly. Try to have two thoughts when you go to bed: one to appreciate all the positive things you have been able to pull off during that day, and one to set your goals and the things you would like to accomplish the next day.
Visualizing your future successes will put you in a positive and productive frame of mind that will help you perform at your best throughout the da
- HAVE A GOOD BREAKFAST
Eat a good, full breakfast to help put you in a good mood. So, if you feel a little tired or cranky when you get up, eating yogurt for breakfast can help improve your mood.
- PUT FLOWERS IN YOUR HOME
Having flowers in your home - somewhere where you can see them when you wake up - can boost your mood and energy for the whole day.
A study by researchers at Harvard University has shown that flowers facilitate relaxation, boost our energy levels, and even make us more compassionate in the office.
A bunch of flowers should be enough to put you in a good mood and give you a light state of mind, perfect to face the day to come.
- BE CREATIVE
Start your day with a little creativity!
Whether it's writing your thoughts in a journal, drawing, colouring for adults or painting - or even any other creative activity like knitting, for example, - being creative in the morning can make you stay in a good mood for the rest of the day.
Therefore, save yourself a few minutes each morning for your favourite creative activity and make it a priority: you will be in fine spirits and you won't regret it afterward when you have a great day!
- ENOUGH SLEEP
This is pretty obvious, but it's still worth remembering. To wake up in a good mood, fresh and ready to face the day ahead, you obviously need to have enough sleep!
Several studies show that you wake up much more optimistic when you have had enough sleep the night before.
- LOVE YOURSELF
Starting the day in a good mood actually simply means taking care of yourself in general: getting enough sleep, having a good breakfast, taking the time to start your day calmly, and without any stress, even having a few minutes to play sports or do a creative activity.
Even though a lot of unpleasant or stressful things can happen afterward, doing yourself some good the first instance you wake up can make all the difference and make it much easier for us to face difficulties.
By putting all these tips first, you will have a real chance to put yourself in a good mood and recharge your batteries to face all the negative things and all the obstacles that could arise, and all that with a little more lightness and a smile!
It is certain: today you will have a very good day.