All of us get stuck in a rut sometimes. Maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, there’s too much stress at work, or perhaps you’re feeling absolutely overwhelmed.
Of course, you should always seek professional help if you need it. However, taking care of your mental health goes beyond that. You should also be getting enough sleep, eating a nutritious diet, and sometimes giving yourself a little extra dose of self-care.
Whether you’re just feeling a little blue, or you suffer from something long-term like depression, here are some simple everyday activities that might help boost your mood.
Supporting your community, raising awareness, and getting involved in causes close to your heart can definitely lift your spirits. Doing good is like a one-two punch: it’s a great way to make yourself feel better, but it also betters someone else’s life — which will make you feel even better!
Nothing will boost your mood quite like getting creative. It’ll help you express your feelings, plus there’s something extremely satisfying about crafting something tangible. Take advantage of Pinterest and blogs to find an easy craft using supplies you already have.
Learn Something New
You should never stop learning and growing. Learn or improving a skill or ability, like learning a new language or getting better at cooking, can help you feel accomplished. Besides, setting goals and achieving them, plus building a good skillset, helps people feel more happy and content with their lives in the long run.
Write a Letter
We’ve gotten so used to texts, emails, and DMs that an actual, legit letter can feel like a special surprise. Take the time to handwrite a letter and send it to someone. Snail mail is sure to put a smile on their face — and as a result, yours!
Break a Sweat
There have been plenty of studies done that prove exercise increases feel-good chemicals in the brain, reduce stress hormones, and relieve depression and anxiety. It doesn’t have to be a big, high-impact workout, either. Even just a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood can give you mood-boosting benefits for up to 12 hours afterward.
Soak Up Some Sun
Heading outside for some fresh air is guaranteed to boost your mood. Spending time outdoors will lower your levels of cortisol, a hormone often used as a marker for stress, and decrease your heart rate. On top of that, exposure to sunlight might help increase the brain’s release of serotonin.
I know that social media is a great way to stay in contact with friends and family who don’t live nearby, but it can also wreck your mood. Studies have proven time and time again that social media is bad for mental health — and no, you’re not immune.
It’s giving you FOMO (fear of missing out!), inhibits your sleep patterns, and really does a number on your self-esteem. Stop spending so much time scrolling. Or, even better, take a much-needed detox.