5 Ways to Feel Happier in the Next 5 Minutes
Happy May! May the force be with you! 😀 😀 😀 Let’s begin the month with a bout of positive energy as we move further along into 2018.
Ever had a lousy day and wish you could turn things around? Feeling a little swamped? Experiencing tonnes of stress? Having a blah day? Honestly the past week or so has been a little stressful for me. I feel like there’s just been a mountain of stuff piling on me and I was beginning to feel a bit buried. I felt a little like being stuck in quicksand while trying to claw my way out.
Let’s face it. Some days go really well and some not so much. Bad days happen. It’s an unfortunate fact of life. They are the absolute worst, but they are inescapable. Whether it’s a terrible job or college interview, missing the bus, being stuck in traffic, arriving late for school or work or worse an exam or being stood up by a date. Sometimes things just suck. Life has taken the proverbial dump on your day and you’re current mood is:
I may not be able to get rid of a terrible commute or fix that interview, but I can give you a few awesome tips for improving your mood and possibly your day.
Short on time? No worries. All you need is five minutes! Five minutes is all it takes to put a pep back in your step. Let’s take a few minutes to find joy today and you’ll be surprised by the difference it makes. Here are five ways to improve your mood:
1. Change your perspective
Cogito ergo sum :”I think, therefore I am.” ~ René Descartes
The mind is one of the most beautiful and powerful tools we have in our arsenal. It’s so powerful that if we can change our moods just by exercising our brain muscles. Changing just the way you think of a problem can improve your mood 10-fold.
If you are going through a problem, look at it as a challenge that you can overcome instead. Once the situation is out of your control, then don’t worry. Worrying doesn’t do anything but add more unnecessary stress and you don’t need that. Thinking positively about things induces a sense of joy and serenity. Just let it go. You can boost your happiness by detaching from past negativity and focusing on future positivity.
2. Express Gratitude
Did you know that taking the time to write down 3 positive things each day will make you more optimistic and less stressed?
No matter how bad things may seem, be grateful. Make a list of all the things that you are grateful for. Is it family? What about amazing friends? How about having a home and hot meal? Don’t have any of these things? I’m sure you can find something to be thankful for. Choosing gratitude always uplifts your feelings.
Once you start to count your blessings you will begin to realize that whatever you are going through may not be so bad. You will realize that you have been given some wonderful gifts and that your current state isn’t your permanent place. You really are very lucky when you get right down to it.
Warning: Once you get going, you may end up taking more than 5 minutes as more pillars of blessings are realized.
3. Show me that 100 watt smile
If your read my post on The Benefits of Smiling then you already know what’s up. There are so many studies which show that smiling can increase pleasure. It has been shown that after a stressful event, participants who smiled more had lower heart rates which equaled a reduction in stress and anxiety.
The simple act of smiling, even if you’re not in a particularly good mood, makes your brain THINK you’re in a good mood, and releases endorphins. Even faking a smile is linked to an increase in happiness.
4. Dance it out!!!
I am a huge fan of Grey’s Anatomy. From the beginning, I was lured in by intense surgeries and throws of breakthrough medicine. But one of my favourite aspects of Grey’s Anatomy has always been the friendships formed. Especially the bond between Christina and Meredith. These 2 badass female surgeons seem to have the simpliest solution to a bad day….. ‘Dance it out’.
How and why does it work?
Like most forms of exercise, dancing releases endorphins. Endorphins are those feel good hormones that trigger a positive feeling in the body and tells your body to turn that frown upside down. It’s a great way to get the blood pumping and to feel energized. Plus it is loads of fun. So crank up the tunes and bust out your best dance moves. You’ll feel great in lickity split. When the body feels good, the mind does too. Seriously it’s that simple.
5. Breathe deeply and Meditate
Sometimes what is needed in a stressful situation is some quiet time and some time to reflect. Being overwhelmed with too much distraction can sap your energy and drop your mood.
Take some deep breaths and close your eyes and relax. Clear your mind of all your worries, negative energy and stresses. Remove everything that clutters the mind and weighs down the mood. Breathe in through your nose for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, and exhale deeply. Picture the negative thoughts leaving your body through your nostrils as you exhale. Breathing lowers your stress levels, removes toxins from your body, increases your energy, relieves pain and helps you let go of tension. It’s perfect to snap you out of a funk.