Everyone has down days. Everyone experiences being in a bad mood, having bad thoughts, replaying bad memories all of which force you into a downward spiral of negative feelings which can sometimes feel impossible to get out of. I have definitely been there, especially over the last few weeks (winter blues anyone?).
But fear not, because there are so many things that you can do to lift your spirits and turn your day around. It’s just about choosing what you want the rest of the day to look like. We always have a choice between being happy, positive and grateful, or being miserable, sad, and angry. I firmly believe that it is much better to choose happiness and I’m sure many of you would agree. Even if you need 5 minutes, a half hour, or a couple of hours to feel upset, it’s always better to then try something to generate positivity.
I have a list of things that help me improve my mood on crappy days and I thought I would share it with you in the hope that it will bring some joy to your day too.
20 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up
1.) Cue up a playlist that makes you want to dance and shake your booty!
2.) Hang out with your pet
3.) Make (or go get) a hot cup of coffee or tea
4.) Do some yoga
5.) Have a bubble bath
6.) Call up a friend (or several) and go out for some drinks
7.) Go for a walk
8.) Make your favourite meal
9.) Listen to your favourite podcast
10.) Play a video game
11.) Curl up on your couch with your favourite snack and watch a feel-good film/show
12.) Go for a drive and sing your favourite songs as loud as you can
13.) Compliment a stranger
14.) Rearrange your furniture
15.) Cry it out (sometimes that’s all you can do)
16.) Hug a loved one
17.) Light your favourite candles and have a quiet night to yourself
18.) Think about what you are grateful for
19.) Watch funny animal videos
20.) Smile at someone (it’s hard not to feel happy when they smile back)
These are just a few of my go-to things I enjoy doing when I need to boost my mood and get back on track to feeling positive. I hope that one or a combination of these can help you too!
What are some things you like to do to boost your mood?