Author: August Clarke
We all need a pick-me-up from time to time. Personally, I find that when I am alone and don’t have any plans, boredom can quickly lead to a huge drain on my mood and energy (maybe all the extroverts out there would agree with me). Regardless of why you are feeling down, here are some mood-boosting activities to help you recharge.
1. Get some sunshine
Not to sound corny, but it’s honestly amazing the difference that a little bit of sunshine can have on mood. We’re lucky enough that Calgary is a very sunny city, no matter how cold it can get. When I moved away to another city for school, I was really thrown by how much the lack of sunlight affected my mood in the negative direction.
So take full advantage of that sunlight. Open the blinds, go for a walk. Really, just getting out of the house and breathing some fresh air can do a lot for your state of mind.
2. Make a positivity playlist
If you are a music junkie like myself, having a go-to positivity playlist for whenever you’re feeling down is an absolute must. When you have the chance, it could be worth your time to sort through some of your favourite songs that always put you in a good mood/inspire you and put together a playlist that you can turn to in tough times.
3. Recharge with loved ones
Not everyone gains energy from social interaction, but if you are currently basking in some unwanted alone time and need a change, scan for the friendly faces around you. Go get a coffee with your brother, watch a show with your mom, or see if any of your loved ones are available to facetime (as a few suggestions). I find my mood is always improved when I spend some time with those I am close to.
4. Engage in a self-care routine
This can vary a lot depending on preference, but sometimes all we really need to feel better is to relax. Some possible suggestions would be having a bubble bath, using a face mask, brewing a cup of tea, or curling up on the couch with a good book or show. Do whatever you usually need to do to feel calm.
Journaling isn’t for everyone, but it can go a long way in helping you process your emotions, and that can also help to – in turn – improve your mood. It’s never a bad idea to give it a try!
6. Engage in a hobby
Odds are there is something out there that you really enjoy doing, no matter how niche or mainstream it may be. If you like it, then there’s a good chance it might also improve your mood in a significant way. Take the time you have now to engage in something that you really enjoy, especially if you haven’t had a chance to in awhile.
Exercising is an ultimate mood-booster because not only does it ensure that you get out of the house and do something active, it also can help you feel more productive and accomplished (which also improves your mood). Exercise can come in many different forms and intensities – no one is expecting you to run a marathon unless, of course, you’re into that kind of thing – so it is worthwhile to find something you genuinely enjoy if you haven’t already.
I hope that you enjoyed reading these tips and that you found something useful to you!