Everyone gets anxiety, everyone feels nervous and everyone just wants to scream at some point during a normal day. While, at the moment, there may not seem like too many options to make yourself feel better, there are a few things you can do to boost your mood.
Lately, I have been practicing these regularly. I have just quit smoking a little over a week ago and it has been a living hell. My mood fluctuates from feeling good that I have quit a nasty habit to sobbing on the floor because I feel sad, anxious and nervous.
Here is my list of 5 ways that I have found can help boost your mood.
- Talk it out. Just the simple act of communicating with another being can make you feel so much better. Whether it’s your mom, spouse, sibling or even a pet, telling them exactly how you are feeling, why you feel that way and what you think can make you feel better will bring a world of difference. Having a loved one listening intently to you will make you feel cared for and will take your mind off of your current anxiety and fear.
- Exercise. Whether it’s running, doing yoga, or playing a sport, participating in something active sends happy endorphins to your brain. It will boost your mood and staying fit not only makes your mind happy, but also your body.
- Soak up Mother Nature. Getting outside is essential to your health. Not only does the sun provide you with Vitamin D, but being outside – hearing the birds chirp, seeing the trees sway and feeling a nice breeze – can boost your mood and make you feel so much better. Whether you’re just sitting out on a sunny day – wearing sunscreen of course! – or playing in the rain, you will go back inside feeling much happier.
- Just Dance. Put on your favorite song, turn up the volume, close the blinds and turn off the lights if you must, and just dance! Go crazy and don’t give a crap if you look silly, that’s what dancing is! You’ll feel more energized and it’ll give a huge boost to your mood. Plus it’s good exercise!
- Go for a drive. I know they say that you shouldn’t drive when you’re upset, but this seems to help me. Leaving the house and getting on the road with nowhere in particular to go is so thrilling. You can either get farther from your bad mood, leaving it all behind for a while, or you can think about everything that is going on that is making you sad, nervous or anxious. Taking a friend along is also helpful as you can kill two birds with one stone by “talking it out” and “go for a drive”!