5 ways to improve your mood
Just like death and taxes, bad moods are inevitable. Because of this, even the happiest people in the world have days where they need to improve their mood.
“The first thing to do is to accurately assess your current mood,” says Dr. Dawn Muhammad, an organizational psychologist and University of Phoenix faculty member in the College of Humanities and Sciences. This way, “you can determine if the mood is internal (waking up on the wrong side of the bed) or external (traffic jam).”
If you can figure out why you are in a bad mood, you can figure out how to fix it. If it’s an external factor, taking a deep breath and accepting it’s out of your control often helps. If it’s an internal factor, try improving your mood with one of the following tips. In the end, it’s important to find what works best for you, which may not be on this list.
1. Get some exercise.
“There is no substitute for exercise,” Muhammad explains. “Not only does it improve your mood, it also improves your health. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when your endorphins are high and you’re doing something positive for yourself.”
2. Play music.
One of the most popular things to fix your mood quickly is to play music. After all, music has the charm to soothe the savage beast. Muhammad suggests “creating a playlist, downloading some new music or playing music from a happier moment in your life.”
3. Try something new.
Opening up your mind and doing something new is a great way to eliminate a bad mood. “Many people report that a religious or spiritual practice improves their mood,” says Muhammad. “Yoga and journaling works for me.”
4. Distract yourself.
“It’s hard to stay in a bad mood if you’re laughing,” says Muhammad. Try watching some funny videos on the Internet, popping in your favorite comedy movie or having a friend tell you some jokes.
5. Indulge in a treat.
Eating and shopping are a couple ways to improve your mood. These are, however, temporary fixes and should be used as a last resort. “If you choose to eat, indulge in one item or treat yourself to a meal at a restaurant you enjoy but rarely frequent,” says Muhammad. If you decide to go shopping, make sure you don’t overspend. “You don’t want yet another reason to be in a bad mood.”