Are you dealing with overwhelming stress in your life at the moment? If so, you’re probably in a bad mood most of the time. Living your life in a constant state of negative emotions can become detrimental to your mental health. We put together 15 ways to improve your mood and regain control of your thoughts.
1. Use Affirmations
Create a mantra you can repeat to yourself when you begin to feel stressed. “I am in control of my emotions,” is a good start. “I feel alive, enthusiastic and full of fun!” is another excellent example. Repeat them to yourself out loud and in different tones of voice –your car drive home is a great place to start this tip.
2. Clear Your Headspace with Meditation
Take a few minutes to yourself before you go to sleep this evening. Sit upright on your bed, with your legs crossed, after taking a hot bath. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing – make sure you breathe out for longer than you breathe in.
Concentrate on emptying your mind of all thoughts and focus on the blackness. Your first time trying out this exercise will be tough, and you may only get a few minutes in before your mind begins to wander – keep practising.
3. Stay Inspired
Look up YouTube videos from mentors that inspire you. Listen to music that makes you feel happy, and look out for situations in life that make you feel grateful for yours.
4. Eat Right
A healthy balanced diet goes a long way to making a healthy state of mind. What you eat determines what kind of energy your body has to work with., If your diet consists of too much sugar and fast food, your mind will be as toxic as your body.
5. Drink More Water
Stay hydrated throughout the day. Dehydration changes our thinking, and it’s easy to slip into a bad mood when your body’s crying out for water.
6. Take a Hot Bath
Relax and draw yourself a hot bubble bath before you go to bed this evening. The hot water relieves stress from your muscular system and soothes your mind. Add a few drops of essential oils to improve your mood – we recommend lavender, sandalwood, and jasmine.
7. Exercise Daily
Exercising drives oxygen into your blood which, in turn, improves your thinking and your mood. When we workout, our brain releases dopamine, the “feel-good” chemical that’s a real mood enhancer.
8. Supplement Your Diet
Are you eating right? If so, are you sure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals your body and brain need to function in an optimal state? Visit your physician and have them draw your bloodwork for analysis of nutrient deficiencies. Being deficient in certain vitamins and minerals can dramatically affect your mood.
9. Talk to a Friend
If your feeling down, lean on a friend. They say, “a friend in need is a friend indeed, “ so put that theory to the test and find yourself some support in your social group.
10. Focus on Your Goals
What do you want to achieve in life? Focus on your long-term, mid-term, and short-term goal’s, make adjustments to your behaviour to get yourself back on track. People motivated and driven by a target have a purpose, and people with purpose find it easy to brush off a bad mood when they focus on the future.
11. Practice Gratuity
Take note of everything that you’re grateful for in your life. When we open the floodgates of gratuity, we become more connected with our past experiences, and it shows us that life is worth living.
12. Live in the Moment
Yesterday is over, and you can worry about tomorrow when it gets here. Be grateful and conscious of your experience in the present moment and let the energy reverberate through your mind.
13. Reflect on Your Emotional State
How do you feel right now? Sometimes, all it takes to break a bad mood is an acknowledgement of the fact that we’re not feeling good about ourselves or the world around us. Break the cycle by noticing how you feel.
14. Connect with Nature
Sometimes the pressure of city and suburban living can get to us. Take a break from the concrete jungle and get out into a park or public land for a walk with nature.
15. Reward Yourself
When you manage to break a bad mood, reward yourself and create a positive feedback loop around noticing your bad emotions and handling them.