Mood Boosters: 7 Easy Ways To Feel Better Fast
A dose of bad news, hormone shift, or just a rainy Monday can easily leave you feeling down in the dumps. Moving through life’s bumps can be hard and some seasons need a little more effort than others to get to greener pastures. While it may take longer than you’d like to find a permanent solution, our goal is to help you feel better in the in-between. When you need a healthy way to boost your mood, try one of our seven tricks.
Get Happy Fast
Stop waiting on the right moment to find happiness, go look for it in these simple ways:
- Rest: Can we all agree that when you get plenty of sleep, you’re much more pleasant to be around? Science agrees. Research from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School says too little rest can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being. So, we give you permission to hit the snooze button (just once).
- Sunshine: Ever wonder why you’re happiest when your toes are dug into white sand and you can hear the waves crash on the ocean? It’s not the frozen daiquiri next to you (although, who are we to argue?). The sunshine is making you happier, literally. Sunlight cues special areas in the retina, which triggers the release of serotonin, according to Timothy J. Legg, PhD, CRNP. Increased levels of serotonin cause your anxiety to weaken and happiness to skyrocket. By the way, you don’t have to visit the beach to take advantage of this mood booster. Grab your pup and head out for a walk.
- Dark Chocolate: Indulge in a square or two of dark chocolate. The tryptophan in chocolate increases serotonin released in the brain. The smell alone can affect your mood, so be sure to keep a few pieces on hand for an instant pick-me-up.
- Be Creative: Getting artsy helps your mind focus on a particular task and shifts your attention away from the negative feelings that are swimming inside your head. A study out of Boston College found that people became happier when they were able to create artwork that expressed the feelings causing their bad mood. You don’t have to be Picasso for it to work. If painting isn’t where you’re comfortable, grab your journal and express yourself through writing.
- Help Others: If you want to help yourself, first help others. Research out of Duke University and the National University of Singapore reveals that those who volunteer as little as three or four hours a month are happier than those who do not. That warm feeling you get when you know you’re making a difference lasts well beyond the moment. Volunteer, mentor, or simply look for opportunities to improve the environment around you.
- Sip Tea: Taking a moment to relax and enjoy a steamy cup of Chai Tea is one of the tastiest ways to enhance your mood. The ginger in the tea helps ease nerves and lower your stress and tension. Boost your mood even more by adding a CBD honey stick to the tea. The organic hemp oil extract has been connected to pain relief, allergy treatment, and releasing toxins from the body.
- Light A Candle: Candles are often used to set the mood of a particular room or create a lasting aroma. It turns out, there are health benefits that come from lighting the wick. An Oxford Journal study found that vanilla is naturally uplifting and relaxing. A vanilla soy candle can help improve your mood. Strike a match, grab a warm cup of tea, and relax.
Lifting your mood doesn’t have to be strenuous and it’s possible to feel better within just a few minutes with our mood-boosting list. What are your beat-the-blues actions? Share how you overcome bad days in the comments below.