When you’re in a bad mood, what’s the one thing that snaps you out of it no matter what? What makes you feel amazing on a not-so-great day?
One of the key things I learned is how to fuel myself and refresh my outlook through primary food – relationships, work, exercise, and spiritual practices that fill me up in ways food can’t.
Today I want to share my favorite ways to turn a negative mood into a positive mood and instantly feel reenergized and inspired.
1. Work out
Physical movement is high on my list. When I’m feeling a little down, I love to hit the gym, do some boxing, crank up the tunes and dance in my living room or zen out with yoga.
2. Take it outside
Going for a long walk in my neighborhood or taking my dog, Honey Bunny, for a stroll are some of my favorite ways to breathe in fresh air and connect with nature.
3. Have more fun
Fun and laughter are great medicine for low moods. Laughing with a friend, watching a funny movie or show, and singing (completely off key) are ways I cheer myself up.
4. Connect spiritually
I reconnect and recharge through prayer, meditation, journaling, writing a gratitude list, breathing deeply, and reminding myself that difficult moments will pass.
5. Connect with loved ones
Surrounding myself with family, talking to a good friend, getting a hug, or even connecting with like-minded people on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets make me feel more connected and less alone.
6. Get nourishment with energizing food
A warm cup of tea, healthy meal, energizing juice, dates with organic peanut butter or some raw chocolate can lift my mood in minutes.
Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite way to improve your mood and reenergize yourself?