Learn how to lift your mood when you are feeling down with these 5 easy-to-do practices you can do anytime and anywhere.It might surprise some people to find out that you do have some choice over how you feel. To some people this sounds infuriating. To others it sounds empowering. However, I believe that we all have the power to lift our moods. And to boost that power, I’m sharing my favorite ways on how to lift your mood when you feel down.
If you’re not sure whether you can choose to feel better, I hope you’ll give it a chance. There are times when our emotions or feelings get the best of us. In general, though, people who use their thinking to help manage their emotions, experience a smoother well-run life.
People who believe that they are at the mercy of their emotions, tend to struggle more.
This doesn’t mean our feelings aren’t important or that we shouldn’t feel what we feel. I love the whole range of emotions! None are bad either.
Yet, if we feel anger or sadness and we get bogged down, it can be more difficult to make good decisions or see blessings and opportunities from situations. I have known people that stay angry or sad, not for days but for years.
Learning to lift my mood when I feel down has played an important part in my life. I work hard to actually FEEL better. And in return, the quality of my life and my emotions has steadily improved over the years.
One thing to note. You don’t have to go from feeling heartbroken to feeling joyful or from furious to playful. Think instead, sad to hopeful. Angry to optimistic. Small increments are much more doable than huge jumps.
It’s more important to just lift your feelings a bit and give yourself some breathing room. In a place where you have room to breathe and feel a little better; you have access to more choices and opportunities.
I’ve found that different things work at different times. However, I’ve used all of these to lift my spirits. Even if it doesn’t initially seem to help—the intention to feel better seems to set something in motion.
So, let’s set something in motion for you. Here are my favorite ways on how to lift your mood when you feel down.
How to Lift Your Mood with Gratitude
One of my favorite ways is to find things to be thankful for. Remember, you rarely overhaul your life in one session. However, a good gratitude session can give you some immediate relief. And over time, it becomes a whole new way of seeing the world!
How to Lift Your Mood by Finding Things to Look Forward To
I discovered this next one by accident. It was about a year ago and I was looking towards the holiday season feeling a little blue, I decided to make a list of fun things to do over the next month. My thinking was that if I had something pleasant planned for each day—then the holiday season would be enjoyable as well.
To my absolute surprise, simply making this list skyrocketed my mood. I felt almost blissful at the end of writing out my list. Not only that—but I felt better for quite a while. Looking forward to things is incredibly powerful.
Use Love to Lift Your Mood
This next process came to me courtesy of my granddaughter. My daughter told me that she starts her day by listing all the things she loves. I tried it myself and it felt deliciously wonderful. No matter who we are, we have things/people that we love. Listing them out loud all at once is super effective at improving your mood.
How to Lift Your Mood With Forgiveness
Learning to forgive has probably been the most effective process for helping me let go of painful thoughts and feelings. A dear friend, a therapist and coach, helped me create a guided meditation. I have used this meditation often to help me move on from any person or situation that is painful to think about. Over the year since, once I really began to get serious about forgiving, I’ve experienced more balance, contentment, and happiness than I can ever remember feeling.
Lift Your Mood With Walking
Walking is another of my secret weapons to lifting my mood. Walking is so powerful, not just as an exercise but as a mood improver and overall health booster. Many exercise fads come and go but walking has never lost its universal appeal. There’s a reason most doctors highly recommend walking. Walking not only provides a way to keep you weight healthy but it provides a way to relax your body, mind, and spirit.
I’ve found that consistent and intentional practices make a big difference in my life over time. Small incremental changes add up! I’m committed to sharing whatever I find that works. Keep showing up my friends!
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I'm a former counselor, career services leader, and college advisor. Now I coach and write at My Think Big Life promoting health and personal growth.