5 Natural Ways to Lift Your Mood On A Bad Day
Everyone has those days where nothing seems to be going right. When this happens, it’s easy to feel defeated and get stuck in a negative mindset for the rest of the day – or even for the whole week. But in times like these, there will always be things you can do to feel better. Here are 5 easy ways to lift your mood on a bad day.
Go Barefoot in Nature
The simple act of going barefoot on the grass has a surprising number of physical and mental health benefits. Walking barefoot stimulates the nervous system, which helps to provide greater balance and improve overall immunity. It also allows your body to feel the earth directly and truly connect with the natural world. Exposure to nature this way can relax your mind, ease stress and give you a greater sense of well-being. Whenever you’re having a bad day, take a moment to flip off those shoes, go outside in the sunlight, and reconnect with nature.
Exercise has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to boost mood. Doing just 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity will give you a boost in endorphins and make you feel happier. Set aside some time during the day to exercise, whether that involves doing a few push-ups at home, playing a sport you love, or working out at the gym. Try to find an exercise that you really enjoy, as this is the best way to stay motivated.
Connect with Loved Ones
One of the best things you can do when you’ve had a bad day is to connect with your loved ones. When you spend quality time with people who care about you, it’s easier to put your problems into perspective and ease your stress. If your family and friends live far away, give them a call to confide in them. Sometimes all you need to feel better is someone to vent to and seek comfort from.
Read a Good Book
There is nothing better than immersing yourself in a good book after a stressful day. Reading helps to take your mind elsewhere, allowing you to forget about your struggles for a while. Instead of spending your free time scrolling through social media, find a quiet place to read where there are no interruptions and get stuck into a good book. Spending just 30 minutes reading something you enjoy can help to relax your mind and body, putting you in a better mood for the day.
Listen to Uplifting Music
There is no doubt music has the power to affect your mood and emotions. Listening to upbeat, feel-good songs can immediately help to lift your spirits on a bad day. Make a playlist of the songs that make you feel happy and turn this on whenever you’re feeling down or stressed. Sing along and dance to the music too, and you will feel better in no time.
About the Author
Johanna Cider is a New Zealand-based writer who is passionate about living with a positive outlook. She loves taking short, sweet weekend getaways to recharge and escape from the noisy chaos of city life. You can find more of her work on Tumblr.
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