Everyone gets down in the dumps occasionally. There are times when things
I was feeling a little down this week. Nothing specific happened, but a dozen annoying things occurred that put me in less than a stellar mood.
So I started thinking of actions I could take to lift my spirits. I made a list of different ways to cheer myself up when I’m feeling down. By the time I was finished with my list, I had found twenty-five ways to improve my mood.
25 Pick-Me-Ups for When You’re Feeling Down:
1) Identify the reason you are unhappy – Why are you feeling blue? Sometimes it’s something so little that you didn’t even realize it had affected you. Recognizing what is it can often help you take actions that can change your mood.
2) Pray about it – Tell God what is bothering you and ask Him to help you feel better. Or if you aren’t sure why you are down, ask him to show you the reason. I tend to get so wrapped up in myself and trying to fix things myself, that I often forget to ask Him for help and guidance.
3) Listen to what your body is telling you. Sometimes bad moods can be triggered by your body needing something. Perhaps it is telling you you’re tired? Take a short nap and see if you feel better when you awake. Or you could be dehydrated or hungry. Drink some water or eat a healthy snack and see if your mood improves.
4) Make a Thankful List – Write down everything you are thankful for. It’s almost impossible to be gloomy and thankful at the same time!
5) Read something positive and uplifting – Grab your Bible, a devotional, or an inspirational book. Then have a seat in your favorite, comfy chair and spend a few minutes (or hours) reading.
6) Add to Your Bucket (Living) List – Have you started a bucket list yet, a list of places you want to visit and things you want to do? I’ve never cared for the term Bucket List though. Kim at ChasingKim.com calls it a Living List. I think that’s more upbeat and appropriate. The point is, looking at and adding more dreams to your list can help put you in a positive mood.
7) Turn on some upbeat music – Turn on your favorite tunes. Crank up the volume, sing to the top of your lungs, and even dance to it if you want. I have a “Be Happy” playlist filled with all my favorite songs for times when I need a musical pick-me-up.
8) Take a nice, long luxurious bath – Pamper yourself. Fill your tub with your favorite bubble bath product. My favorite is Dr. Teals Lavender Epsom Salt Soak and Foaming Bath. The scent of lavender is relaxing, and the Epsom salt soothes those tense muscles that usually accompany stress and bad moods. Don’t forget to light some candles and play soft music for added relaxation and enjoyment.
9) Read a book or listen to a book on tape – Escape from the “real world” for a little while with your favorite book. Even a short reading break can lift your spirits.
10) Eat Chocolate – It’s a scientific fact that eating chocolate can boost your mood so indulge yourself with your favorite piece of chocolate.
11) Call a Friend – Do you have a friend that always makes you feel better when talking with them? You know, the friend you can talk to about anything? Give them a call. Better yet, go out and do something fun together.
12) Watch a funny or feel-good movie – Go to the theater, grab your favorite DVD, or stream a movie that will make you smile and laugh.
13) Work on your favorite hobby – Find something you enjoy doing but don’t usually take the time to do. Set aside some time today and work on that hobby.
14) Get a massage or pedicure – Pamper yourself by getting a massage, manicure or pedicure.
15) Go shopping – A little retail therapy can be a quick pick-me-up as long as you don’t spend more than you have budgeted for. And, you don’t have to buy anything. Window shopping can be fun especially if you bring a friend along.
16) Go to the park – Spend a few hours at your favorite park. Have a picnic lunch, walk around, people watch, and relax.
17) Go for a walk – Don’t have time to go to the park? Take a walk outside instead. Even a short walk in the sun, soaking up that Vitamin D and breathing in fresh air can help improve your mood.
19) Exercise – Exercise is another scientifically proven mood booster. Visit the gym or exercise at home. It doesn’t matter – get your body moving and let those endorphins go to work boosting your mood!
20) Plant some flowers – Spring is a great time to find flowers at your local home improvement store. Pick up a few and plant them in your garden or a flower pot. Not into gardening? Pick up an orchid or bouquet of fresh flowers at your local florist to liven up your environment.
21) Do something kind for someone else – One of the best ways to forget your worries is to think of someone else. Write a not to someone, visit an elderly friend or volunteer with a local organization. There are so many ways to improve the life of someone else and make yourself feel better at the same time.
22) Organize an area of your home – If life is feeling a bit chaotic for you right now and that is the reason for your discontent, then try to organize something. Organizing even a small area can give you a sense of order and control, which can boost your mood.
23) Straighten the house – Straightening the mess in your house can also lift your spirits. You don’t have to do a spring clean though, just spend a few minutes picking up things around the house. Your home will look better, and you will feel better too.
24) Take a long drive –Hop in the car and get away for a while. Roll down the windows, play happy music, and sing to the top of your lungs. You will be smiling in no time!
25) Do something fun you haven’t done since you were a child – When was the last time you blew bubbles, put together a puzzle, or swung on a swing? Do something fun, even if you feel silly doing it. We tend to be too serious, too often. Lighten up and see if your mood doesn’t lighten up too!
These are just a few of the things you can do to perk up your mood. Hopefully, after reading this post, you’ve come up with a few ideas of your own. The point is to relax, take life less seriously, forget about problems that are weighing you down for the moment, and do something that makes you happy – something that cheers you up!
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What do you do when you are feeling down and need a Pick-Me-Up? Please share in the comments.