“The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.” – Voltaire
Some days you’re just not in the mood. And that’s ok. But there are a number of easy, proactive things you can do to keep yourself moving forward and on your way to better days. So in recognition of World Mental Health Day, read on for my list of simple things you can do to set yourself up for a good mood.
1. Get one thing done today.
You don’t have to do it all. Accomplishing just one task today is more than what you accomplish when you give up. Send an email. Do a load of laundry.
2. Challenge yourself.
Challenging yourself doesn’t have to mean climbing Mt. Everest. Improve your Spanish. Work on an art project. Practice yoga. You don’t have to complete every project or task, just make some progress.
3. Empty the sink and wash your face.
These can be filed under “self care” but in my opinion are the most basic way to wake up feeling good in the morning.
4. Stop apologizing.
Just for today, try to not say sorry for anything. Most of us say sorry so automatically we don’t realize how it can affect our thinking by making us feel guilty and less empowered, when in reality we have nothing to be sorry for. Not for bumping into someone, not for asking a question, not for saying what you beleive. Be unapologetic and put yourself first.
5. Go for a walk.
My personal favorite. Going for a walk. I have never regretting leashing up the dog and taking a walk. If I’m feeling drained or unmotivated, I tell myself we’re just going around the block but the fresh air always feels so good that we end up going longer.
6. Don’t overeat.
Treat yourself to that muffin but don’t over do it. Feeling sickeningly full will only make you lethargic and even less happy with yourself.
7. Leave your comfort zone.
Fling your body out of your comfort zone and go do something you’ve never done before. Visit a new restaurant. Walk a different route around the neighborhood. Pick up a book in a different genre. You have to MAKE change to see change. Even if its a small one.
8. Declutter your life.
Decluttering is another of my go-to activities when I’m stressed. I tackle closets, cupboards, drawers, files on my computer, photos in my phone, everything. It’s amazing how free you can feel by purging the stuff that you might not even know was suffocating you.
I would love to hear what you do to get out of a funk. Leave a comment so others can use your best ‘good mood’ tips too!