Amidst the daily grind, numerous to-do lists and spending countless hours on the computer – you hardly have time left to think about your well-being. With your mind constantly occupied with one thing or another, it is important to recharge yourself and get a quick mood boost. Here are 10 quick activities you can do anywhere and anytime to naturally lift your mood –
- Listen to upbeat music
According to a study published by the University of Missouri, listening to upbeat music can instantly improve your mood. While listening to music, allow yourself to enjoy the experience.
- Get up and walk a little
Some studies say that people who get light exposure are less likely to be depressed. So go out in the sun, walk a little around the block and get back refreshed and recharged.
Clutter can help fuel the feelings of unworthiness or failure as it serves as a reminder of things that you could not complete. So try to declutter things or even better organize them. The illusion of organization or order is enough to ease the mind.
- Eat mood enhancing foods
What you eat, can impact your mood. So eating dark leafy vegetables, mushrooms, turmeric, dark chocolate, green tea or organic black coffee can instantly revitalize you.
- Allow yourself to vent
It is okay to discharge the negative emotions and restore your balance. This technique works most of the time and you will feel a lot better.
- Get a good laugh
Laughter increases dopamine level in our brains. This chemical helps to elevate mood and make us feel better. Laughter also helps to pump in more oxygen to the lungs resulting in positive feeling.
- Try a self-help prompt
Author Adam J. Kurtz has a creativity book full of prompts and is aimed to be a lightweight mood booster. The self-help tasks can really put you in a different mood and make you feel playful. You can even indulge in some game like Sudoku to focus your mind on something creative and fun.
- Call a friend
Social ties are essential for emotional well-being. So if you are feeling low or distant, simply call up a friend or email them. Hugging is also known to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. So go ahead and hug someone.
- Complete a task
Completing a pending task gives you a sense of accomplishment. So get relieved by doing a few ones off your to-do list.
- Do a good deed
Helping others is a natural mood booster. You can choose to volunteer and get ‘helper’s high’ which is supposed to release feel-good hormones like oxytocin.