Sometimes we have days that just seem to be downers, right? We need something to help us lift our mood and escalate our spirit. As I was going through my list of mood boosters, I thought I would share them with you because we can all use some encouragement right now.
I admit, there are times I reach for other things before I do the most important thing, which is to pray. When I feel my mood sinking, I know in my heart that lifting my needs to the Lord is where I really need to take action. Scripture is life, it is God word and it has such value in helping to shift our energy. I also will often take a few drops of essential oil, JOY is one of my favorites and rub between my hands and breath in through my nose as I pray. The smell combined with the words I am speaking are life giving.
One of the best ways I know to boost my mood and relax is to temporarily unplug from my daily surroundings through music. My ultimate break is to put on some worship music; it calms the soul and soothes my mind. One of my favorite albums right now is Peace by Bethel Music. Take a listen as you step away from your normal routine. Have some headphones handy so you can tune out the noise and tune in mindfully.
I also shared this incredible meditation video in my weekly email awhile back; it’s a staple and I’ve kept the link in the notes section on my phone so I can easily access it. It has a high vibrational frequency, which is beneficial for relaxation, and is one of my favorite grounding mood boosters.
If you can carve out ten minutes a day to intentionally relax with some mindful music, you’ll be amazed at how much it can reduce your stress and truly shift you into a good mood.
Disconnect for 24 hours from the news (social media, TV news, Internet news, all news). Take a break from the outrage; you know exactly what I am talking about. The noise is all around us. We need to set boundaries that are intentional to help us keep focused on what’s important. When we are looking to the news, social media, or the Internet for all the information, it can be daunting and overwhelming. Take a break from it all for a day. I love to do this on Sunday when we observe our Sabbath, but oftentimes fitting in another day is powerful to helping boost our mood.
Move your body
Take a walk, stretch out on your yoga mat, or go for a run. The endorphins that are released when we do any form of exercise are some of the most powerful mood-boosting options we have at our disposal. And the best part, it’s free!! And, you can even take your kids with you if you need to.
As far as mood boosters go, this is one that never fails to lift my spirits. When I find my mood slowly drifting into a place that is energy depleting, I find space to get outside for a walk. Even if the weather is not all that pleasant, I know the fresh air and movement will make me feel better. I also can pull out my Pilates mat and do a quick Pilates workout (my favorite right now from The Balanced Life!), and it will immediately help me feel successful and empowered. Instead of thinking about what you can’t do, shift your thinking to what you can do.
Reach out to someone
Random acts of kindness are a great way to improve not only the quality of your relationships, but also your own mood and emotional life. When we focus on others, it shifts our focus off ourselves and onto others. Make a list of five to ten people you care about. Keep that list handy in the notes section of your phone. Take 30 seconds and send a short and sincere text to one of those on the list encouraging them in their day. Perhaps you can send a scripture along with it or another encouraging quote.
I know when I have taken the time to share with others that I am thinking of them, it not only helps them, but comes back to truly bless me. It’s a win/win for everyone!
What do you enjoy? What brings you joy? If you can’t easily answer this, then take a few minutes to sit and think. What lifts your spirits; what makes you smile? How can you add those activities into your weekly routine? Do you enjoy reading a book, baking for others, sending snail mail to friends? Know what can spark delight and joy for you and make intentional choices to have those activities (your own personal mood boosters) fill your schedule.
We all have a choice in how we use our time. Make it count for you instead of against you.
In a world full of big, overwhelming things right now, it might be time to honor and appreciate the little things.