How to Instantly Improve Your Mood

“When we want mood experiences, we go to concerts or museums. When we want meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller.”
― Robert McKee

By Jennifer McDougall

  1. Write down 5 goals that you want to accomplish that day or week. Jotting down your short-term goals will help lift your spirits by giving you the motivation to achieve a few things you’ve been putting aside for a while.
  2. Eliminate your exposure to negative influences. Distance yourself from toxic friends and energy vampires. When you create space for positive reinforcements in your life by unfollowing accounts on social media that make you feel insecure, not answering that phone call from someone who sucks the life out of you, saying “no” to things you don’t feel comfortable doing, you will notice how much better you feel.
  3. Eat healthy and workout out every day.
  4. Get outside, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy some fresh air. This could be going for a walk, hiking, running, visiting a park and reading a book, going to the pool, bringing your computer to a local cafe, and sitting on the patio. Stepping outside your home and breathing in the fresh air can help clear your mind.
  5. Out with the old and in with the new! Clean out your closet and create a pile of donations. This is a great way to get rid of pieces of clothing or items around the house that don’t make you feel uplifted.
  6. Add a little fun to your life by getting off the couch and participating in a social event.
  7. Smile more often.
  8. Practice taking deeper breaths and lowering your shoulders to help you relax and release stress and tension.
  9. Take your vitamins! Proper nutrition is crucial in feeling your best.
  10. Embrace more hugs! Hug your friends and family more often.

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