Have you ever noticed how it becomes increasingly difficult to think, work, and make any kind of decision when you’re in a bad mood? There is scientific evidence that proves happiness makes our brains work better and faster. True we are living in uncertain times that would trigger the anxieties of the most positive people. But if you’re not suffering from serious clinical depression, there are always little things that can lift your moods quickly and efficiently. Let’s find out what!
1 || Move
And this is not just some Yoga teacher telling us about the importance of movement. Harvard psychological researchers explain that exercise does to us what a bit of Prozac and a bit of Ritalin would do. Exercise is much harder when done indoors, but people are inventive and there are countless apps or online streaming links that you can choose from.
2 || Use Your Hands
During these uncertain times, what little bit of control you can exercise can help you tremendously. You can exercise your control by using your hands to do anything, and this is a guaranteed mood lifter. You can declutter a drawer, bake something, cut magazines, or fix anything. Using your hands was found to bring an immense amount of pleasure.
3 || Connect With Friends
There is a reason why apps such as House Party and Zoom are gaining an unprecedented amount of popularity right now. Connecting with friends is the ultimate mood lifter, and nowadays there are virtual book clubs, movie nights, and happy hours going around the world.
4 || Bring The Outdoors In
Connecting with nature improves your mood and your nervous system. Can’t leave the house? Bring nature indoors. Create a corner in your house where you can surround yourself with plants, flowers, and you can even get yourself a small water fountain or a fish tank.
5 || Online Games
Guilty pleasures are no longer guilt-inducing. Search for games that you can play online with friends. Be it scrabble or card games; find your guilty pleasure and embrace it.
6 || Take A Free Class
Who can resist the lure of free stuff; especially if it’s a free class that you were more than willing to pay for. Explore the hundreds of free classes online and see your dopamine levels soar. I, for one, look forward to my daily art class on YouTube. The absorption and focus, the sense of accomplishment, and the flow of creativity are all great mood lifters. Check out this treasure trove.
7 || Honour Your Bad Mood
Sometimes all you need to do is to honour your bad mood and give it a voice. What does it need you to do? Smash some eggs, tear some papers, punch some pillows or scream into a towel. Or does it simply need some uplifting music or more sleep?