We all have our bad days, but if you feel like you’ve had more than your fair share lately, these tips can help you beat the blues. Next time the stress starts to creep in or you feel a bad mood coming on, try one of these easy mood boosters:
Do a good deed. Studies have shown that we experience a euphoric “helper’s high” after we perform a kind or helpful act, so look for volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood or ask your friends if they need anything.
Break out the photo albums. Sometimes, simply looking back on happy times is enough to remind us of all the good things we have going for us. Take a stroll down memory lane and try to relive the positive emotions you were feeling at the time.
Smooch. Kissing may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re down, but this simple act produces a rush of dopamine to your brain, giving you a natural high. So go ahead, grab that special person and pucker up. It’ll put a smile on two faces.
Sing. Music has been shown to alter brain waves and trigger a relaxation response. Whether you’re at home, in the car or even at work, put on some music and let the good times roll.
Make a list. Instead of focusing on what’s going wrong, force yourself to think about all the things that are going right. Make a list of everything that’s made you happy that day, then expand the list to all of the things that were good in the past week. A visual reminder of all the positive things you have going for you can be just the thing you need to pull you out of a funk.
Seek out experiences. Relying on retail therapy to boost your mood can quickly turn expensive. Instead of spending your money on material things, attend a concert, get a pedicure, splurge on a massage or try a new exercise class.
Women, Winter 2012