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7 Actions to Perform to Boost Your Mood

7 Actions to Perform to Boost Your Mood

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I don’t know about you.  But sometimes I get those awful days when I feel so, so low. They call it the ‘blues’. 

On those days I find it hard to boost my mood. Unless I do something to snap out of it, I end up feeling sorry for myself.

Do you get like that as well when you’re moody?

The thing is, when my mood is low it has a knock-on effect on those closest to me. I get snappy, short-tempered, miserable and easily irritated.

The other bad thing about low moods is that it can affect your self-esteem. You could be the most confident person usually. But when the mood swings sets in, your self-esteem takes a dive.

Did you know that women suffer from mood swings more than men? According to research, we tend to focus too much on our negative moods.

When you feel low, you worry about your mood. And when you worry, it makes your mood worse.

So what can you do to boost your mood? Well, I’ve come up with a list of things. If you try one or two of them, it should help you kick your bad mood to the kerb.

#1.  Instead of brooding, take action. When a negative mood starts to overtake you, get up and do something. Clean the house, go shopping, do some gardening or go for a long walk in the park. Surrounding yourself with nature will uplift your spirits. If you have a river nearby, go and sit by it. Throw stones in the water. Watching ripples form in the water will soothe your mind. Distracting your mind will take your focus off your feelings.

#2.   Dance to boost your mood. I love dancing. It’s great. Dancing adds to your overall happiness and improves your mood. It produces endorphins. In other words, it releases ‘feel good chemicals’. I go to Zumba dance classes after work. Zumba is made up of mambo, salsa, soca, samba, merengue, reggaeton and other dance moves.  Last week I felt tired and a bit low. I wasn’t in the mood for Zumba. My colleagues talked me into going with them. So I went. Guess what? After the short warm up session, my mood naturally lifted. Instead of frowning, I had a big grin on my face.  At the end of the class I felt fantastic. I was glad that I went.

#3.   Treat yourself. Splash out and spend some of your hard-earned cash on yourself. You’ll feel better for it. Go get your hair done, have a manicure, pedicure, buy yourself some clothes or a box of chocolates. Retail therapy is great for boosting your mood. If you’re broke, pamper yourself instead. Run a warm bubble bath, take a long soak and play some soft music in the background. Don’t forget to light some lovely smelling candles. Place them all around the bathroom. That’s just what the doctor ordered. Lovely!

#4.   Eat some mood food. Foods that are rich in Omega-3 oils can boost your mood and fight off depression.  Foods from that group are avocado, sardines, olive oils, walnuts, flax seeds and fresh salmon. Drink plenty of water as well. Bananas are high in calming B vitamins. The B6 in bananas controls your blood glucose levels and naturally soothe your mood. Turkey is also a mood lifter. It has tryptophan. That’s an amino acid used by your body to create serotonin.   

#5.   Exercise and shake off the blues. Like dancing, exercising releases endorphins. It’s best to work out for about 30 minutes to feel the benefits. Apart from boosting your mood, exercising regularly has other health benefits. Exercises reduce blood pressure and protect you against cancer and heart diseases. It’s also great for improving your self-confidence. Plus if you’re trying to lose weight and burn calories, exercising helps.

#6.   Team up with a friend who can make you laugh. Have you got a friend that makes you laugh? When your mood is low, arrange to meet. Laughing is a great cure for lifting your mood. I bet you can’t laugh and stay moody. Like dancing and exercising, laughing releases endorphins. I’ve got a friend who I call my ‘laughing partner’. Every time we meet, we end up in fits of giggles. I think it’s because we’ve got the same weird sense of humour. I could be with someone else doing exactly the same thing, and it wouldn’t be funny. But when my friend and I get together, we laugh about the most stupid things. I love spending time with her. She always cheers me up.

#7.  Play your favourite music. Listening to music can take you to another time zone. It’s an escape route where you can get lost, in a beautiful way. “If music be the fruit of love, play on. ~ Shakespeare. Listening to your favourite music makes you feel warm and cosy inside. It’s a wonderful sensation. Music makes you elated, happy and nostalgic. Some music calms your nerves. That’s why relaxing music sends babies to sleep. When your mood is low, put on your favourite music, relax or sing along to it. It will surely boost your mood.

We’re all creatures of moods. One day we’re up. The next, we’re down. But you can change those negative moods. Next time you feel low, try one of these tips. I’m sure it will help to boost your mood.

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What do you do to boost your mood when you feel down in the dumps? Please share with us.

 

June

About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

    8 Comments

  1. thank you for sharing with us what you do when the blues chase you….that happens to me sometimes too…and yes, like you music helps me a lot…and I tend to sleep a lot haha, I count my blessings each time and remind myself that my worries are nothing compared to the problems of many in the world…and I turn to the blogging community…I always find a page, a friend who lighten up my mood…like you…:-)

    Kulasa

    13/07/2012

    • Kalusa, thank you for your kind words and for finding my page. So glad I was able to give you something that can be of help. Yes, the ‘blues’ is not a nice place to be. But like you said, it’s good to count our blessings because there are always people with greater problems than ours out there in the world. I should have included ‘Give Thanks’ for one of the actions to perform. When we give thanks, it make us appreciate what we’ve got and that helps to lift our mood.

      Thanks for your comments. I hope to hear from you again. 🙂

      junie junie

      13/07/2012

  2. You got it right. It is very good to treat yourself when you are not in the mood. I will follow all of the tips you have shared to boost my mood and stress.
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    TracyAnn0312

    08/08/2012

    • Thank you TracyAnn. Please tell me how it worked for you. I appreciate all of your comments and support. You’re one of my most loyal readers. Have you downloaded the free eBook ‘Things Mama Used to Say?’ I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s on the right hand side of my blog. Have a nice afternoon. 🙂

      junie junie

      08/08/2012

      • Not yet Junie. You know what the tips you have shared give me better feeling. Where can I download your e-book?
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        TracyAnn0312

        09/08/2012

        • Hi TracyAnn. Go to the homepage of my blog. On the right hand side near the top of the page, you’ll see the eBook. It says “My gift to you. Download free eBook Things Mama Used to Say.” Click on the eBook and download it. Let me know if you have any problems. Thanks.

          junie junie

          09/08/2012

        • Hi Junie! I saw it, thanks for the direction on how to download it. I think I will going to like it.
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          TracyAnn0312

          10/08/2012

        • You’re welcome TracyAnn. Enjoy 🙂

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          11/08/2012

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