If you’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps lately, there are a few simple things you can do to turn things around and improve your mood. The ideas below may all seem pretty basic, but often it’s the smallest changes we make can have the biggest impacts on our mood and overall well-being.
Make Small Changes in Your Home
We spend a lot of time in our homes, so making sure our homes are keeping us happy is important. If there are things about your home that you are not satisfied with, try picking a few simple fixes and updating them. Adding a fresh coat of paint on the walls or hanging a few new art pieces in the rooms where you spend the most time could really shift your feelings about your space.
Keeping yourself comfortable at home is important too. If you’re too cold in your home, you’re just not going to be in a good mood. Consider underfloor heating to warm up your space. Electric radiant heat mats are the perfect solution for small homes; they are simple to install and are much more effective at evenly heating a space than radiators or baseboard heating units.
Find Time to Spend with Family and Friends
Spending time with family and friends can also have a positive impact on your mood. However, you will want to choose family and friends who are understanding and a good listener over others who may not be as supportive. Having someone to talk to about anything that is troubling you and gaining tips or advice from them is important.
When you spend time with friends, you are more likely to laugh and have a good time. Taking time with your friends to see a movie, go shopping, go sightseeing, play a game, or something else enjoyable can help raise your spirits.
Get Out of the House
A change of scenery can be very beneficial as well. If you’ve been spending most of your time only in your home or at work, getting out of the house, even if just for a little bit, is a good idea. Consider taking a walk in the fresh air and sunlight if possible. If the weather prohibits this, a trip to a favorite store, a museum, or another place you enjoy would be a good alternative.
Exercising isn’t just good for your health, it is also good for your mood. Studies have shown that people who exercise exhibit fewer depression or anxiety symptoms compared to people who do not exercise. Strength training and aerobic exercise are both effective at improving mood and decreasing symptoms of depression, so whichever type of exercise you prefer can be beneficial.
As little as 20 minutes of exercise each day can help improve your mood for up to 12 hours. When possible, look for opportunities to exercise outdoor. This will also increase your intake of vitamin D, which can have a positive impact on your health.
Get Enough Sleep
If you’re not getting enough sleep, it is going to have a negative impact on your mood. Sleep deprivation can lead to feelings of sadness, anger, or frustration. It can also make you more irritable. Try going to be a little earlier each night or sleeping in some on the weekends. If insomnia is preventing you from getting the sleep you need, talk with your doctor. They may be able to recommend some routine changes to help you sleep better or prescribe a sleep aid if necessary.
Make a List of the Things You are Grateful For
In the day-to-day hustle, it can be easy to get bogged down with all the stress in our lives and overlook everything that we have to be grateful for. Take a few minutes to write out the things in your life that you are most grateful for. These may include your health, your friends and family, your pets, your job, your home, or anything else that you are thankful to have in your life. After you write out your list, place it somewhere you can refer to it when you’re feeling down to get a reminder of the things in your life that make you happy.
As you can see, there are numerous ways you can improve your mood by just initiating small changes in your life. Feeling good doesn’t have to require so much work. Don’t overwhelm yourself and try to implement all of these ideas at once. Pick one tip from our list at a time and slowly implement other ideas as needed to continue to improve your mood.
In collaboration with Sierra Powel.
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