7 Things That Put Me In a Good Mood
Think back to the last time that you really were in a good mood. Longer back than you hoped? With a world that seems to be more stressful than ever and so much more pressure on every single one of us than ever before, it can be tough to really let go and be happy. But that makes it all the more important!
Good moods, and good days, can really help propel you through the harder times. PYM wants to share some of the things that put us in a good mood and hopefully inspire you to learn more about what puts you in a good mood too.
#1) Eating Breakfast
Although getting up and having breakfast seems like it takes more time than it’s worth, studies have shown that it’s quite the opposite. In women who didn’t eat breakfast, higher rates of anxiety were reported, while men reported lowered feelings of energy and vigor.
You don’t have to eat an entire big breakfast to get those good mood benefits, either. Even grabbing a breakfast bar or a few pieces of fruit on the way out the door can boost your natural sugar and start you out right. They don’t call it hangry for nothing!
You might want to combine your new focus on breakfast with also taking a PYM Mood Chew. Mood Chews can take that good mood one step higher, helping you beat stress on a chemical level.
#2) Going Outside
With so much amazing technology in the world, people are naturally spending more and more time indoors. Unfortunately, that time is at the expense of our mood.
We may think that we’re not animals but, at the end of the day, we really are mammals. We crave being outdoors, getting that fresh air, and just enjoying all the sounds and smells of nature. As an added benefit, when you’re outdoors, you’re forced to put away social media. It’s mindfulness to the extreme.
#3) Performing Random Acts of Kindness
If you find yourself slipping into a bad mood, try doing something nice for someone else. It may sound counterintuitive, but there are proven benefits to performing random acts of kindness with no expectation of return. People describe the feeling like a “helper’s high” because being kind just feels good. Being able to make someone’s life just a little bit brighter in turn rubs off on you. It’s a real win-win.
If you’re not sure where to start, start out small! Buy the coffee for the person behind you in the drive-through line, tape a few dollars to a vending machine. or give someone flowers just because. It doesn’t have to be big to be kind.
#4) Have a Snack
If you started your day out in a good mood, but it seems to be fading as the day goes on, try having a quick snack! Our body’s natural blood sugar ebbs and flows throughout the day, depending on what we eat and when we eat it. When it hits lower points, it can also naturally tank your mood.
It’s often recommended that you eat every few hours to keep your blood sugar at a constant level. Keep snacks at your desk, or have healthy options available if you’re working from home. It can really make a difference.
#5) Dance Around
Putting on your favorite song and dancing around the house can also naturally put you in a good mood. There are plenty of different benefits to dance, in general, but its ability to really turn your mood around is one of the best. When you do it in the safety of your own home, you won’t have to worry about other people judging you. You can really let go and dance that bad mood right out.
#6) Do Something Nice for Yourself
Have you been putting off that manicure because you don’t have time or don’t think you deserve it? Do you have your eye on a specific dress but haven’t bought it yet? A sure-fire way to get that natural serotonin hit is to do something nice for yourself, especially if it’s something that you’ve been wanting to do but have been putting off.
Remind yourself of the importance of self care, and allow yourself something that you’ve been wanting just because. You don’t have to “earn it” -- you deserve it just for being you.
#7) Cut Back On Commitments
If the bad moods seem to be happening more and more frequently, take a close look at your daily routine. We often take on responsibilities that we don’t necessarily want to do because we think that we have to. However, there are plenty of ways to say no without being hurtful. If you look at your schedule and feel a fear of dread or get overwhelmed immediately, try to cut back on the things that you don’t absolutely have to do. Let yourself have a break every once in a while.
#8) Declutter Your Home
Clutter tends to build up before we even notice it. If you live a busy, hectic life or struggle with mental health concerns, it can build up even quicker. To help put yourself in a better mood, pick a quick project and get it done. Start with visible signs of clutter, like the mantle or that table next to the front door that tends to collect mail. Just one project a day can make a huge difference in both your home and your mood.
You don’t have to be stuck in a bad mood, and you don’t have to just wait for a good mood to strike. Learning more about what puts you in a good mood is a great lifehack to be able to better “control’ your moods, allowing you to not let a bad mood ruin your whole day. After all, life is unpredictable and uncertain. Make the most of it with PYM Mood Chews.