I’m a generally positive and happy person. But even the happiest of people can get caught up in a negative mood from time to time.
Maybe someone upsets us, we get stressed out, we have a bad day, or we’re just in a funk. A lot of times, the causes of our negative mood are totally out of our control but the way we react to them is something that we can control.
And sometimes when we’re feeling down or grumpy, self-care can be the furthest thing from our mind. But that’s one of the times that we need self-care the most.
So, today I thought I’d share 11 self-care ideas to boost your mood!
1- Spend time outside.
Vitamin D deficiency can actually play a big role in bad moods. And what better way is there to get some vitamin D than spending time in the sun? Trees and fresh air – and nature in general – can also do wonders when it comes to our mood. So find something to do outside whether it’s walking your pet, going for a hike, or just sitting in the sun with a good book.
2- Focus on your physical health.
Our physical health plays a MAJOR role in our mental health and our moods. So, make sure you’re taking care of yourself physically! Stay away from junk food and make sure that you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients you need. Get some exercise and drink plenty of water. When you focus on having good physical health, it will improve your mental health as well. You’ll feel much happier!
3- Read or watch something positive.
When we’re in a not-so-good mood, feeding our mind something positive can really help to create a more positive mindset. You can watch funny videos that make you laugh, read positive books or blogs that motivate
4- Say no if you want to.
A lot of people, myself included, struggle with saying “no” when we want or need to. But when you’re in a bad mood, taking on commitments that you aren’t prepared to handle (or just don’t want to deal with) isn’t going to help you feel any better. So say no, and don’t feel guilty about it. You need to protect your energy and your mental health.
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5- Get creative.
Doing something creative has so many wonderful benefits. Creativity allows you to express yourself, gives you freedom to be yourself and take risks, and it is a really great stress reliever. So draw, paint, write, or do whatever else allows you to be creative. If you don’t have any creative hobbies, try out new ones until you find one that fits. Everyone is creative, they just need to find the right creative outlet for them.
6- Cuddle your pet.
I don’t know why but whenever I’m feeling down, even if nothing else cheers me up, I instantly feel better when I spend some time cuddling with my pups. It’s actually been proven that dogs can help people cope with traumatic situations better than other people can. Even if you don’t have a dog, snuggles from your pet should help with your bad mood. Pets are the best and they’re so sweet!
7- Recite positive affirmations.
There’s so much research out there that shows that positive affirmations can do a lot to shift our mindset. That’s obviously super helpful when we’re in a bad mood! So pick out one or two positive affirmations and recite them a few times. It’s quick and easy, and it can go a long way to boost your mood. Here are some examples:
- I always find the positive in everything.
- I am in charge of how I feel and I choose happiness.
- I am strong and capable of anything.
- I choose to let go of what I can’t control.
- I choose to let go of negative thoughts.
8- Give yourself a break.
One of the biggest reasons for bad moods is that we’re always in a constant state of on-the-go. So, give yourself a break. Be sure not to log onto social media either, because when was the last time that social media made you feel better when you were in a bad mood? Instead, do something to relax and recharge. Talk to someone you love face-to-face or spend some quiet time alone. Try to schedule a few breaks throughout the day on a regular basis.
9- Clean or organize something.
Our physical environment plays such a huge role in our mood and mental health. If something around you needs tidied up, take 30 minutes to work on it. Cleaning always helps me cheer up. It helps me feel productive and focused. Plus, cleaning can put you in a sort of meditative state, which can make you feel better. Which brings me to the next idea…
10- Practice meditation.
Just a couple minutes of meditation can boost your mood a noticeable amount. I know that a lot of people are skeptical of meditation but I’ve honestly never met anyone who didn’t feel the benefits of meditation when they gave it a try. If you’re new to meditating, just try it out for 5 minutes a day and gradually work your way up to 15-30 minutes. If you give it a try, I promise you won’t regret it!
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11- Make a gratitude list.
Pull out your journal, your gratitude jar, or a simple piece of paper and take the time to think of everything you’re thankful for. It’s easy to see the negative side of every situation when you’re in a bad mood and sometimes thinking about the positive things in your life can help you feel better. It’s a great way to shift your mindset and gain some perspective about the bigger picture.