Feeling Low? Here Are 7 Activities That Can Boost Your Mood Immediately

Thursday, May 6, 2021





Are you feeling down? 

We've been facing some challenging things in the past year and a half. It is not strange that sometimes we just can't be all bubbly and happy. Nobody likes to feel sad and gloomy. The good thing is that there are some simple things that you can do right now to feel if nothing just a little bit better. 

Those are the things that you heard about and did before, and this is your reminder to do them again. Maybe just the same, but maybe a little bit different. Taking small steps toward a happier life is all you need to do. 

7 ACTIVITIES THAT CAN BOOST YOUR MOOD 


SPEND MORE TIME IN NATURE 


Nature is one of the best therapists. Being surrounded by trees, birds, and flowers can help you immediately feel much better. We've been dealing with a lot of things, both mentally and physically. Most of us experienced lockdown at least once. More than ever we need that connection with nature. 

Breathing in the fresh air and getting your body moving will help you to clear your mind from stress and worries. Whenever you can be sure to head outside. Sometimes even a short walk around your house or neighbor will do its magic. Of course, be sure to stay safe and healthy. 

LISTEN TO YOUR FAVORITE PLAYLIST 


Music has the power to change our mood in so many ways. It's even healthy for your heart. A study has proved that blood flows more easily while music is played. A song can increase the brain's creation of the hormone dopamine which is a hormone that has a part in how we perceive happiness. 

If you are under a lot of pressure then playing your favorite playlist can help you reduce unnecessary stress. Even listening to sad songs can help you go over the low feelings quicker as we feel like someone understands us. 

DANCE IT OFF 


Now that your favorite tunes are on it is time for a dance party of a century or at least better than 2020. Just move your body as a dancing spirit possessed you. Don't worry about the form or technique. Listen to the beat and let your body lead you. Dance is such a great way to get out of your mind and focus only on what you hear. 

Sadly, we don't have random dance parties by ourselves more frequently.  Remember your teenage self dancing to the hits in front of your mirror. Having the time of your life. Try to recreate that feeling. It doesn't matter if you have 30, 40, or 50 years if you are a lawyer, doctor, teacher, or student. Some people find it childish to dance on your own but that is the best part of it, to feel like a child again. 



DECLUTTER YOUR SPACE


Some people (me included) feel low when their surrounding is messy. It is true when they say a messy room equals a messy mind. The place we live in has much bigger importance than you might think. Look around yourself. Are things around you in their designated place or are they all over the room? 

To you feel suffocating when you see your desk area or your bedside table. If your answer to these questions is "yes" then you know what you got to do. Start from one place of your home and put everything where it belongs. You don't even need to do a complete clean-out. 

PLAY WITH PETS 


Pets, particularly dogs and cats can decrease stress, tension, and despair, ease homesickness, support activity, and playfulness, and even enhance your well-being. Taking care of a pet can help you feel more secure. I'm sure that you already know how pets can also have calming effects. 

Just petting, resting next to, or playing with dogs or cats can provide a chance to relax and calm your mind. If you don't have a pet yourself I'm sure there is someone you know who has a dog or a cat. Ask them if you could come over and play with them or take their dog to the park.

THINK ABOUT HAPPY MEMORIES


We often lose ourselves in negative thinking. This isn't strange with everything going on in the world and probably in your personal life as well. So don't be too hard on yourself if you've been trapped in negative thoughts. When we are low everything feels worse than it is. Try to think about things that make you happy. 

It might be hard at first but be sure to persist. You'll notice then after some time positive thoughts will start to come on their own. Visualizing your future self and your dream life can also help you snap out of the negative mindset. Once you realize that there is no time for negative thoughts you'll get back on track in no time. 

TAKE A BREAK 


Get off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, and any other social media you have downloaded on your phone. Put your phone away and sit there for a minute or two. Then just take a breath and relax. Try not to think about or do anything. Do it for at least 5 minutes. Let your thoughts fly through your mind. You don't meditate or do yoga. Just stay still. If it will be easier stare at the blank wall. 

Now that you've done that for 5 minutes you can do whatever comes to your mind but doesn't require you to use any technology. That means no TV, no phone, no tablet, laptop, or any other device. When was the last time you were complete with yourself? Sometimes we feel low because we don't let ourselves think about the things that are making us feel that way. Listen to your body and your mind. 




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