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15 Ways to Boost Your Mood Immediately

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Kelli Barnes

We all have those days when we feel overwhelmed, overworked, and undervalued.

Maybe there’s a peak in business that’s great for revenue but harder to manage and adds to the stress level of the environment. Or perhaps you may have had an argument or disagreement with your spouse and walked away feeling moody. Could it be an especially trying day managing children that misbehave, juggling a career, and finding the time to run all the necessary errands and complete chores? Possibly you could just not be feeling in the highest of spirits and not having the best possible day. We all get feelings similar to these. When it comes to being happy, little things matter. While smaller things may not totally change your day around, they can help you find positivity and put you in a better frame of mind to tackle bigger, more daunting tasks that arise. Here are 15 ways to boost your mood so that a bad moment won’t morph into feeling like a terrible day.

15 Ways to Boost Your Mood Immediately

1) Get some sunshine

2) Play your favorite song

3) Call and catch up with a loved one

4) Write in a gratitude journal

5) Go for a walk

6) Take 15 minutes to relax and reflect

7) Get moving with exercise

8) Meditate

9) Listen to an inspirational video or podcast

10) Pet an animal

11) Take a steamy, hot shower or relaxing bubble bath

12) Pray

13) Convert your to–do list into an “it’s done” list

14) Say a quick affirmation to yourself

15) Do a kind deed for someone else

While you cannot always control your environment and the people that surround you, you can always control the way you react! Use these quick tips to refocus your attention from negative stressors to positivity.


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