I spend quite a lot of my time talking about pretty deep subjects and complexed emotions and the tools I use to help my clients to feel better range from client to client. So I wanted to give you some quick tips to help you to feel better!!
We all have days when we're out of sorts. You just wish you were in a better mood. You don't know why you are so pissed off you just are!
You've had days like that, haven't you?
Perhaps you tried to get yourself into a better state of mind but struggled to achieve it.
Sometimes we get stuck in our own emotional dumps and forget how easy it is to feel happier, so here are seven simple ways to lift your mood. Many people have found them useful. Some of them may surprise you!
1. Go for a walk.
Most people know that going for a short daily walk is one of the best forms of exercise. When you are feeling down it is even more beneficial. If you can, go into a natural environment, if it has plants and birds, even better! Take the time to really look around, the sky, the changing colours, especially this time of year! Get a bit lost in just how bloody pretty it is and how lucky you are you have this on your doorstep. Take good deep calming breaths and decide to see your day from a different perspective! Even 5 - 10 mins out your day can change everything!
2. Listen to quality music.
This is a favorite of mine! You will have a song that reminds you of an amazing time. That might be a great holiday with the girls, the first dance at your wedding, or just a song that you keep hearing that you love. Get it on - LOUD! Music is magical and can change your state in minutes and as the saying goes - Dance like no one is watching!
3. Open yourself to discovering something new.
With so much at our fingertips nowadays its never been easier to discover new things and to learn. What interests you but you've never really looked into it? Go do it! I wouldn't be where I am today if I had not fallen down the personal development rabbit hole. It changed my life, my purpose, and my career! You might be a book, youtube video or magazine article away from finding something that fulfills and inspires you.
4. Find something to laugh at.
Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits. Who doesn't love a good belly laugh! You will have one show or person that never fails to make you laugh. Or a really funny friend. Find something and even if you can't get to belly laugh, you will crack a smile and that's a great start!
5. Simple breathing meditation.
Breathing meditation is a great exercise that you can do anywhere. Simply allow yourself to sit comfortably with your back straight. Now close your eyes and become aware of the flow of air into and out of your nostrils. That's all there is to it. Do this for 10-15 minutes. Notice how pleasantly surprised you can be at how you feel afterward.
6. Doodling for the fun of it.
My son and I have drawing competitions. I notice how lost I get in this game! So get out some crayons or a pencil and just get doodling. Sometimes all we need it to interrupt our mind chatter with a simple creative task. Notice how you feel afterward.
7. Think of others less fortunate.
The fact that you are reading this article suggests that you are probably much better off than most people on this planet. At times this may be hard to believe, but if you can read and have access to the internet, just those two things alone mean you are better off than most people in the world. There are many human beings that barely have access to the basics of survival. There are people in lots of pain. Allow your compassion for them to grow. Focus on what you have. Even if you are feeling loss, this is evidence that you had something wonderful in the first place.
These are all pretty simple. There's nothing profound or life-changing, but when all you need is a quick pick me up these may be just the thing you need to lift you to a better place. It's not always possible to go from sorrow to joy but it is always possible to feel better and know that you don't need anyone but you to do it!
It's a good idea to have a little mental buffet table of go-to's that you can call on as and when you need them!
What do you do? I'd love to hear your suggestions!