Sometimes life can be stressful. Events that happen over the course of the day can put you into a bad mood. When you start feeling down, there are several things you can do to improve that mood.

Get some exercise:

Some people tense up when they hear the word exercise, but you don’t have to turn to high intensity exercises to feel better. Taking a walk outside in nature can help turn your mood around without you even breaking a sweat. Swimming, aerobics, dancing, and yoga are all great ways to take stress out of your life. If intense exercises, like running, working out, or high impact sports excite you, then by all means enjoy them. But realize that exercise with a slower pace can be just as good at improving your mood.

Listen to some of your favorite songs:

No matter what genre of music you enjoy, have fun, and take the time to listen. Dance to your favorite danceable beats. Sing your favorite songs out loud. Relax with classical music or jazz. Music can reframe your thoughts and feelings when anxiety and worry creep in. It can also take your mind back to a time you remember more fondly. Listen to the songs you loved in high school or elementary school if those were times that you enjoy reminiscing about.

Find a hobby you love:

Immerse yourself in art or photography. Maintain a garden or an aquarium. Try scrapbooking or knitting. A hobby can be fun, but it can also be a part of your self-care. Doing something you enjoy will keep your mood elevated. It doesn’t have to be something that everyone else is doing. Try new hobbies, and whatever makes you feel good, adapt it into your normal routine.

Laugh a little:

Turn on your favorite comedy sitcom or a funny movie. If you’re used to watching really intense shows, give comedy a chance. Be sure and go with something you know you enjoy, something you thought was funny when you were younger, or something that’s just silly. There’s a lot of dark comedy being made now that may not be the right thing to boost your mood. Just find something that makes you laugh.

Get more sleep:

Sleep is very important in keeping your mood up. It’s hard to feel good all day when you didn’t sleep well the night before. Sticking to a sleep schedule, by going to bed at the same time each night, helps you get the sleep you need. Limit your caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol late in the day. These things can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Find calm activities to do before bedtime, or take a warm bath, instead of scrolling through your phone or watching the news.

Whether you’re feeling angry, upset, or depressed, some of the previous suggestions can help turn those feelings around. If you are still struggling, Chenal Family Therapy can help–reach out to us today to learn more.