Simple Ways to Improve Mood
By Alberto Souza, MS, APRN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner Specialist, Medical Director at Centers for Couples and Families
We all have those days when it feels like we woke up on the wrong side of the bed. For whatever reason, we are just in a bad mood. Often times these bad mood feelings are associated with difficult or stressful events in our lives, such as trouble at work, financial problems, or disappointment. Sometimes these bad mood feelings last for only a few hours, but sometimes they might linger for days at a time. There are many simple strategies to improve one’s mood in spite of what it is that might be bringing us down.
Be With People
Often times when we are feeling low, just being with a trusted friend or family member and talking about our feelings can make all the difference. Having a sympathetic listener or someone that can get us laughing or looking at the bright side of things can make all the difference. We shouldn’t be embarrassed to talk about our mood or admit that we need help. In fact, many times isolating ourselves can be one of the biggest culprits in a lingering bad mood.
Whether it’s a brisk walk through the neighborhood or a trip to the grocery store, getting out of the house can do wonders for improving our mood. Sometimes we just need a little sunshine or to breathe in some fresh air. The sights and sounds of everyday life can get our mind off of things and be a beautiful distraction.
When a bad mood strikes we might find ourselves not even wanting to do the things we normally enjoy, but doing them anyway can take our minds off of negative thoughts and oftentimes will help us feel better overall. Think of simple pleasures like reading, exercising, cooking or baking, shopping or just watching a funny movie or show.
Talk to a Professional
Feeling sad or moody are normal human emotions we all experience from time to time. Depression is different from these emotions, primarily because depression is a pervasive feeling of sadness that impacts our entire life and doesn’t just go away even when things in our lives are good. We should not hesitate to reach out to a professional to help us understand our feelings and deal with them appropriately.
Source: Psychology Today