65 Ways to Improve Your Mood
As trivial as it may seem, small behaviors can really impact your mood. The more we spiral into the negative thinking patterns, the more it affects our view of the world and our self-esteem. When a toxic environment takes over or unhappy thoughts to engulf your mind, it leads to anger, resentment, frustration, and bad vibes.
Recently I was stuck on a car ride from hell. The two in the front seat were as judgmental as they come, arguing about politics, the news, anything that was a hot topic. After being in the car for what seemed like an eternity I realized their negative energy was putting me in a terrible mood. I started to think about what I could do to shift my positive energy back into play before getting to the event. I didn't want to show up in a bad mood, frustrated, or feeling bad about myself.
Short-term positive experiences can move your bad mood or low-level thinking into a more positive place, which helps you feel better. I looked up funny dog pictures, emailed a friend, found inspirational quotes, and did a little research on my phone for something I was interested in learning. In my mind, I thought of ways I could rearrange my office and daydreamed about what my home could look like someday. Guess what? It worked, I was able to move forward without their negative vibes (and mine too).
Most of us probably already do something like this in our lives. If you increase pleasant things that give you positive emotions, you feel better about your life. Doing more of this makes us feel good, which we deserve, even in the midst of all the chaos, and it gets us in the habit of having positive feelings.
This helps your self-esteem because the more uplifted you are, the more likely you develop positive feelings about yourself as well. A fine day can turn fabulous if you allow yourself to make more room for positive experiences and thoughts. Here are a few.
65 Ways to Improve Your Mood and Thinking
- Enjoying your favorite (non alcoholic) beverage
- Buying fresh flowers
- Listening to an upbeat song
- Going to the park and people watching
- Watching a Spoken Word video on YouTube
- Going to the gym
- Planning a future menu for a dinner party
- Going to a pet store and holding puppies or kittens
- Planning a future vacation (even if it's 5 years away)
- Doing something spontaneously
- Going to the bookstore and browsing
- Shopping for something you want, but don't need
- Doodling or drawing
- Entertaining, or planning a future get together
- Going on Pintrest
- Making something from Pintrest
- Researching a topic of interest
- Research a new recipe
- Playing musical instruments
- Doing arts and crafts
- Making a gift for someone
- Calling an old friend
- Watching your favorite sport
- Writing (poems, articles)
- Donating to charity
- Going out to dinner
- Discussing books
- Playing a game on your phone
- Early morning coffee and newspaper
- Going to plays and concerts
- Make a list of goals (non judgmentally)
- Going bike riding
- Walks in the woods (or at the waterfront)
- Thinking about pleasant events
- Playing with animals
- Reading fiction
- Writing diary entries or letters
- Finding a new blog to follow
- Going on a picnic
- Thinking "I did that pretty well" after doing something
- Having lunch with a friend
- Dressing up and looking nice
- Getting a massage
- Thinking about my good qualities
- Taking a sauna or a steam bath
- Sitting in a sidewalk café
- Reflecting on how I've improved
- Going to museums
- Buying a magazine you like
- Lighting candles
- Thinking about having a family
- Making a new playlist
- Make a vision board
- Thoughts about happy moments in my childhood
Which ones work for you? Are there some that you are already doing that others should know about? Share your advice below and take good care.
Emily is the author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Being Who You Are.You can visit Emily’s Guidance Girl website. You can also find her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
LPC, E. (2014, April 25). 65 Ways to Improve Your Mood, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, June 26 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/buildingselfesteem/2014/04/65-ways-to-improve-your-mood
Author: Emily Roberts MA, LPC
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