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 the Institute of 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! Especially when I’m feeling a little down. I try to get myself moving in any way. Some of my favorite ways to move are obviously yoga, but also spin, barre, nature walks and hikes.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE
Even just stepping outside, putting your feet in the grass or dirt and connecting with the Earth can be of huge benefit to our health. I love going for a walk in my neighborhood or taking my book to the backyard 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, playing with my kitties, 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 and that ultimately everything is temporary.
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, Instagram, 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.
Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite way to improve your mood and reenergize yourself? Tell me in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you!