10 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Mood

| Pregnancy & Parenting

Sometimes the things that happen in life can make you feel blue inside. It may be lack of help with kids, financial issues or just everyday problems you come across. It can really put you in a mood where you just want to lay in bed. But you have to get up and conquer the day, so here are some instant ways to improve your mood.

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Exercise. This is no doubt a great way to boost your mood. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are chemicals that set off positive feelings in your body. Exercising makes you happy! No wonder people on Instagram post pictures of them exercising with the hashtag #100DaysOfHappy. Try jogging in place on your bathroom break or do some jumping jacks. Your mood will go from zero to 100 instantly. (via WebMD)

>> Read more: 10 Exercises for Beginners

Be nice to other people. This sounds cliché, but it’s true. When you’re nice to others, it gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside. If you see a homeless man holding a sign on the side of the road, take a minute of your day to give him or her a dollar. Just seeing the gratitude on his or her face will turn your frown upside down.

Get in touch with your spiritual side. If you're religious, take a second to talk to God. He’s always listening to your problems and answering your prayers. If you can’t vent to your friends or family about your problems, just talk to him.

Meditate. It eases your mind and body, which puts you in a good mood. Just five minutes of total relaxation can give you a positive outlook on life. Try meditating for a few minutes when you wake up in the mornings. It will make a difference if you do because it can change the rest of your day. The great part of meditating is that you don’t have to be in the mediating position — just close your eyes and relax for a bit.

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Go outside. Sometimes you need a little fresh air! The trees and the chirping birds will instantly make you look at life differently. And if the sun is out, that’s even better because getting some vitamin D is a mood booster in itself. Going outside won’t take up too much of your time — five minutes will do the job. (via Greatist)

Watch TV. It’s very therapeutic to reach for the remote and press "on." Watching an episode or two of your favorite show can pretty much cure your bad mood because it takes you to an alternate world where your problems cease to exist for just a little bit. Just make sure you don’t watch anything sad because that’s obviously not a mood booster. (via Huffington Post)

Achieve a small goal. You’re probably thinking about how hard it is to achieve goals when all you want to do is cry, but you can do it. If you’re at work, try juggling the balled up paper you were about to throw in the trash with a goal in mind of trying to balance it all. Hey, and if you do, you will feel better about yourself! It just goes to show you that little things you accomplish make you happy.

Play dress-up. It can be fun to put on makeup every now and then! It enhances your beauty and makes you feel, well, pretty and happy. Plus, it allows you to focus on something other than your day-to-day troubles. This is not to say that you have to put on a ton just to feel better — try starting with lipstick.

Light a candle. This is perfect if you are in a office or bedroom setting. Staring at a burning flame in front of you will cause you to focus on it. It takes your mind away from the stress of your day. Looking at it will instantly boost your mood.

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>> Read more: Candle Aromatherapy: Best Scents For Your Mood

Count your blessings. Get out a pen and piece of paper, if you have it available, and write down five of your blessings. Maybe one of your blessings is that your kids are in good health or your car is working fine today. Remember, a positive mind goes a long way!