25 Proven Mood Enhancers
25 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Mood
- Tell someone that you love him or her. It feels good and opens your heart.
- Meditate—in a quiet place all by yourself for at least ten minutes. Set your intentions for the day, release negative energy, and fill up on positive energy and thoughts.
- Switch hands for daily tasks—this promotes brain growth and will sharpen memory and thinking.
- Engage your senses—smell consciously, listen intently, see clearly, and acknowledge the beauty that is everywhere.
- Build your resilience—allow yourself to feel strong emotions and know when to set them aside.
- Eliminate or limit sugary foods and drinks.
- Eat more protein.
- Start taking an amino acid mood supplement.
- Try something new—learn to snowshoe, hike a mountain, take a yoga class, go on a bike ride, start a language course, learn to knit, learn a sport. By stimulating your brain, you’ll generate more enthusiasm for life.
- Change your sleep habits—aim for eight hours of sleep per night.
- Exercise to sweating thirty minutes a day—your mind and body are one; when you exercise your body, you exercise your brain, which improves your emotional wellbeing. Get those endorphins working for you!
- Get outside—counteract stress by walking and breathing deeply for five to ten minutes. Exhale slowly and very long to let out the stress and help your brain refocus.
- Get organized—clean up your home and workspace.
- Cut out or limit the alcohol—it’s a depressant and will worsen your mood.
- Focus on the positive—instead of asking yourself, “What is not right?” ask, “What is right?” Then, work to remove what is negative.
- Find someone every day to be thankful for—meditate on his or her wonderful qualities and celebrate how much that person means to you.
- Plant a garden—tend it daily, and while you’re at it, get ten minutes worth of sun on your body.
- Listen to music—make a playlist and sing along. Music relieves tension, lowers stress hormones, aids memory and concentration, and improves your outlook on life.
- Start something creative—engaging the right side of your brain promotes relaxation and calmness.
- Get a pet—a furry companion can make you smile for hours on end. It will love you, look out for you, and will always be glad to see you.
- Do nothing—sit for no reason, get nothing done, hang out on a swing, lie on your kid’s bed and talk, do something just because it has no purpose, just because you want to.
- Play more—consider play as a means to make you laugh. Laughing increases the endorphins in your body and makes you feel terrific.
- Let go of worry—avoid obsessing over what might happen. Focusing on a negative outcome can create a negative outcome. Focus on what you want to happen instead.
- Pay attention to building stress—recognize the signs and make immediate changes. Start breathing, go for a walk, go home, close your door, and close your eyes.
- Start a journal—writing things down releases negative energy. Create a gratitude journal, or simply write down your thoughts to promote healing energy.