Sometimes we get stuck in our own emotional dumps and forget how easy it is to feel happier, so here are seven simple ways to lift your mood. Many people have found them useful. Some of them may surprise you!
1. Go for a Walk.
Most people know that going for a short daily walk is one of the best forms of exercise. When you are feeling down it is even more beneficial. If you can, go into a natural environment with plants and birds. Can you think of such a setting? What do you notice first? The different shades of greenery, the fresh smell of country air, the sounds of birds, or the sunlight shining through the trees? Make it real by taking a short stroll.
2. Listen to Quality Music.
Music can shift a listener's inner state within moments. It's effect can be nearly magical. Dig out that CD or find that MP3 that you haven't listened to in ages or tune in your radio to something you've never listened to before.
3. Open Yourself to Discovering Something New.
Read something (printed, not on line) different than what you would normally read. There are a ton of different types of magazines you can buy these days on hundreds of different and interesting subjects. Visit your local library or browse through a magazine rack. Pick up or buy a magazine you wouldn't normally buy. You may discover something wonderful, not to mention useful!
4. Find Something to Laugh at.
Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits. Find a humorous book, or watch a comedy. Even better, try to learn a few new jokes and tell them to others. Or recall something funny from your life, a time when you really 'cracked up.'
5. Simple breathing meditation.
Breathing meditation is a great exercise that you can do anywhere. Simply allow yourself to sit comfortably with your back straight. Now close your eyes and become aware of the flow of air into and out of your nostrils. That's all there is to it. Do this for 10-15 minutes. Notice how pleasantly surprised you can be at how you feel afterward.
6. Doodling for the fun of it.
Most people can remember when they were young and used to doodle for hours. Kids love drawing silly little pictures. Drawing is not just for kids or artists. Whoever you are get some pens, pencils, crayons or whatever you have and just draw for the fun of it. Notice how your state of mind shifts, don't worry about what you draw or how you draw it.. just go with the flow, as they say!.
These are all pretty simple. There's nothing profound or life changing, but when all you need is a quick pick me up, one of these may be just the thing you need. Putting simple ideas, methods, tools and techniques into action can help you achieve change more quickly and easily than you imagined.
So have a very happy day!