I’m glad you want to lift up your mood. We shouldn’t have to be stuck in a bad mood without wanting to boost it and feel a little better.
Sure, it’s good to recognize your feelings and accept them. However, that doesn’t cut it sometimes. Personally, I know that if I don’t get out of a bad mood pronto, the way I think and make decisions is affected. I prefer to be a good mood, or at least a normal mood.
I’m somebody who is pretty negative, and I think with my emotions most of the time, so I get into bad moods a lot. While before I would just sulk until it passed, these days I know to at least try to bust out of it.
Without further ado, here are some tips to help you to boost your mood.
10 Ways to Lift Up Your Mood
Here are my go-to methods for mood boosting.
Eat good food
As a child growing up, I didn’t have a lot of healthy coping mechanisms. However, I know that good food has the ability to put me in a good mood. My absolute favorites are noodles and French fries. Anything with potatoes, basically. If you’re feeling a bit down, try to treat yourself with takeout and enjoy a little.
Listen to music
Music has the ability to transport my emotional state far, far away. Listening to upbeat songs always uplifts my mood instantly. It’s amazing how much power music can have over the mind. if you need a quick mood boost, I suggest finding a fun and happy playlist on Spotify to make you feel better!
My most effective emotional first aid action is to leave the area that I am in. It’s an instinct within me to just go away. I don’t know if it’s like this for everyone, but going on a walk when I get upset really helps me. I can’t make this up. So, the next time you get upset, if it’s in your kitchen, leave the kitchen. Do this consciously and you will feel the effect on you.
Talk to friends or family
I can’t stress how important and effective this step can be. I know a lot of us hate venting to friends and family and then regretting it afterwards. I mean, that’s how it gets for me. But you must know that talking to someone else can literally change your life.
(I hated typing that out because I like to prove to myself that I can trust myself and my decisions, but talking to others actually really helps.)
Watch a feel-good movie
If you need recommendations from me, it’s going to be:
- Guardians of The Galaxy
- Night at The Museum
- The Croods
- (Anything with Owen Wilson in it basically)
These movies have the ability to lift up my mood.
I can’t say I always loved working out. I just did it to get fitter and lose weight. But, it’s insane how these days, I work out for my mental health. I kid you not, the only reason I work out is to get rid of stress and feel good afterwards. Working out is a pretty good idea if you are a person with a lot of energy and passion in your life. It is good for channeling all those emotions.
Journaling is so cool. I’ve always kind of known that journaling is awesome for mental health, but lately it’s been doing wonders for me. I’ve started journaling right when I wake up. I just kind of do a stream-of-consciousness thing, just writing and writing, but before I know it, I’ve written 3 pages.
In addition to that, I always journal every time that I have difficult emotions and I need to process them. There’s literally no better way to sort through your feelings than to write them down and have a personal discussion with yourself/ so many things come to light, including things from your past and childhood that you had no idea about. Trust me, it’s great.
Positive self talk
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know this was a thing until recently. I didn’t have a positive voice inside my head. It had always been negative. Weird, right? Even now, I have to consciously put in effort in order to get that voice up and running; just telling me good things, and beating back the bad thoughts.
So, if you have never engaged in positive self talk, it might be time to start. Tell yourself things like, I am going to be just fine. Or, Things will work out in the end. Or, I can get through this.
Dance party !!!
I’m not the best dancer. In fact, I can’t dance. But dancing isn’t something for just the stars! Us awkward people can dance our hearts out too. Dance parties have the ability to lift up my mood. I could be sulking for a while, but once my jam comes on, there is no stopping me!
Motivational speakers have this thing about their voices that just gets people to want to DO THE THING!
I was watching Tyler Perry giving a good speech just now, and while I’m not going to tell you that GOD is doing all these things in the background for you, for me personally, I got the message: If you just keep being you, and you keep being true to yourself, things will keep aligning for you until one day, things are just awesome.
That is why I suggest going on youtube and listening to a motivational speaker spit facts.
Some advice based on my own life
So, after giving you a few helpful tips to try out above, I decided to share some small anecdotes to help you in case you needed them. These are just a few things I’ve learnt in my personal growth journey. I hope they are of use to you, and I hope they can turn into positive self talk in the near future.
Everything will be alright
While you might be in a bad mood right now, bad moods don’t last forever. That’s just how life is. Bad things happen, but so do good ones. Bad surprises happen, but good surprises happen too. Take heart in the fact that something good is coming soon. I mean, think about it: do you think a tiny little good thing will never happen to you after this day? Impossible. Keep your heart open for the next good thing.
Trust the process
This is actually something I would tell my past self. Things were going wrong. I was doing a lot of work but nothing was actually coming out of it. A few weeks later, out of the blue, I got a job offer for a job that was completely in line with all the work I had been putting into growing my own skills. At that moment I thought, wow, trust the process.
Be true and authentic to yourself
This is something I have only learnt recently.
I’m sort of a pretender. I do things because of other people. I know most people out there are like this. But from now on, I want to be true to myself. When I feel strongly about something, I’m going to listen to myself. Because if you are not true to yourself, somewhere down the line, someone is going to get hurt. Don’t do things because you want others to be happy. While it’s okay in the short run, things start to unravel as time goes on. Stick to your guts and stay authentic.
That is all I have for you today. I hope this post helps you, even if it is by 1%. Please remember that my posts are just a way to help people. I am not a therapist or a mental health worker. If you suspect you have a mood disorder, please schedule an appointment with a therapist so that you can get the help you need.
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