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 while studying at Integrative Nutrition is how to fuel myself and refresh my outlook through primary food – the 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.
Physical movement is high on my list. When I’m feeling a little down, I love to hit the gym, do some kickboxing, crank up the tunes and dance in my living room, shake it out in a high-energy Zumba class, or zen out with yoga or tai chi.
Take it outside.
Going for a long walk in my neighborhood or taking the dog for a stroll are some of my favorite ways to breathe in fresh air and connect with nature.
Have more fun.
Fun and laughter are great medicine for low moods. Laughing with a friend, watching a funny movie or show, flying a kite, and singing are ways I cheer myself up.
I reconnect and recharge through prayer, meditation, journaling, writing a gratitude list, breathing deeply, and reminding myself that difficult moments will pass.
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.
Get nourishment with energizing food.
A warm cup of tea, healthy meal, energizing juice, or some raw chocolate can lift my mood in minutes.
As you are reading this, I am taking a bit of my own advice and am enjoying the beaches and sights of Jamaica. What could be better than the sands and the sun? Maybe a cocktail, so I guess I will go find one!
Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite way to improve your mood and re-energize yourself? Tell me in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you!
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