5 Ways To Improve Your Mood (And Health) In Under 5 Minutes
Written by Guest Blogger, Kate, Creator of Rebel Happy
We all have those days it feels like we woke up on the wrong side of the bed. You’re grouchy, tired, irritable, or even stressed and just can’t seem to snap out of it.
I am admittedly having one of those days right now as I write this post.
I woke up and had a series of unfortunate events that led to me to leave for work feeling cranky. Not a good way to start the day. Then I couldn’t concentrate at work because I became stressed about my building holiday to-do list, while still being aggravated by my less than stellar morning.
I decided I couldn’t let the rest of my day go this way; it was time to turn to my five awesome strategies for feeling better.
Meditate: A simple 5-minute meditation break may be all you need to turn a bad day around. If you’re at work, find someplace to be alone for a few minutes. Take time to feel the weight of your body on your seat, the air on your face, the sounds around you. Then just focus on your breathe for the last couple of minutes. Open your eyes when you’re done, and I promise you’ll feel more at ease with your day.
Do ONE task on your to-do list: If you’re like me, you keep a running to-do list, whether it’s on paper or in your head. While to-do lists are great, most people don’t realize how much it stresses you out and affects your mood. A great way to get a satisfying feeling of accomplishment on a bad day is to tackle just one thing that can be done in under 5 minutes. Even if it’s something small and trivial, it always feels good to cross an item off your list.
Move! Get your blood pumping: I try not to be one of those people whose answer to every problem is more exercise, but it kind of is. Regular daily exercise definitely leads to an overall happier lifestyle, but it can also be a quick fix for a bad day. If you have stairs available, run up and down them a few times. Do a couple of minutes of jumping jacks. Go for a speed walk. Anything that gets your heart pumping for a few minutes can release endorphins and relieve a bad mood. It’s also great for stress relief if that’s what is getting you down.
Drink a large glass of water: This is a great trick if you are feeling tired and blah some day. On these days, you may not even have the energy to get moving (see tip above), but everyone can muster up the strength to drink a glass of water. Pour 16oz of cold water into a glass and just drink until it’s gone. You don’t have to chug but don’t just sip it either. The point is to rejuvenate your body with a solid influx of water. Plus after you do this, you may find you now have the energy to do one of the other things on this list.
Get Outside: Nature and fresh air are a great way to improve your mood and health. If you’re lucky and it’s a nice day, go sit in the sun and breathe deeply for 5 minutes. Even if it’s winter and cold out though, a quick 5-minute walk in the cold air can help clear your head.
I personally chose to do a quick meditation, drank a large glass of water, and tackled a couple of small things on my to-do list (paying online bills, etc.) I also decided to treat myself to a tasty but healthy lunch which was the cherry on top. After that, I felt significantly less grouchy and was able to concentrate more on my work for the day.
If you find yourself in the middle of one of these days like me, try one or a few things on this list, and I guarantee it will help!
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