It’s no surprise that your mood can affect nearly everything throughout your day. If your mood is low, it’s harder to be productive, optimistic, and charismatic. A bad mood can take a toll on relationships. Further, a chronic low mood can have negative effects on your overall mental and physical health. So what can you do to help turn that frown upside down?
Go for a Walk
Exercise can be great for disrupting a bad day and lifting a sour mood. Head outside, get some fresh air, and take a walk. Into more intense exercise? Take a break and hit the gym, lift some weights, go for a run, or whatever else interests you.
Try Something New
Having a hobby can be great for bustin’ the blues. It’s also a great social experience! Join a pottery class, take up crocheting, rock out in your local roller derby, try muay thai… the sky’s the limit. Having an activity outside of home and work can provide some killer stress relief.
Get Enough Sleep
No one is happy when they’re tired. If you’re not getting enough quality sleep, it’s a tough challenge to stay in a good mood. Check out our past posts on sleep, including Why You Always Feel Tired and Creating a Healthy Sleep Environment for tips on improving sleep.
Take a Break
Time outs are amazing tools for resetting a foul mood. If you’re in a slump, take a break to meditate, drink a hot cup of tea, talk to some friends, or just take a few breaths. If you can swing it, try escaping for the weekend and getting some good ‘ole fashioned r&r.
Need help calming your brain? Pair your break with Zenfully to help put your brain into a more desired state—Alpha waves are great for relaxed focus.
Talk to Your Doctor
Everyone gets into a funk sometimes, but a funk that doesn’t go away might be something more. If you’re concerned about depression (there’s plenty of online screening tests if you’d like a starting point) or just can’t shake your mood no matter what you do, make sure you talk to your doctor.
Putting yourself back into a good mood can require some intention, but it’s worth it! Happiness just feels better, and a good mood is easier on your body and your mind.
Use of Zenfully is not intended as a substitute for professional medical device, nor does Zenfully diagnose or treat any medical condition. Always consult a doctor before starting any new program.