Let’s face it. If we could just be happy all the time, we would! But life’s not that simple….or can it be? My answer would probably differ depending on what day you asked me, and what time of the day you asked. If you’re anything like me, sometimes we just need something to help boost our mood every now and again. Creating a positive mindset consists of changing the way one thinks, acts, reacts, and essentially just changing the way we go about our every-day lives. One way that we can do this is by figuring out ways to boost our mood when we’re just not feeling our absolute best.

There’s good news, though. I’ve got a couple good ones figured out already! All you have to do is start implementing these 5 tricks into your day when you wake up in not so good of a mood. Truthfully, we all get to be a bit “Grinchy” sometimes!

1. Eat Breakfast

Easier said than done, right? I would like to think not, but the more you try the easier it could become.  Breakfast doesn’t have to be an extravagant meal. It could be a coffee and a donut. It could be a yogurt with some fruit and granola. Breakfast could be a three-egg omelette with smoked gouda and fresh spinach. Not that everyone has time to make something that delicious every day, but you get my point. Eating breakfast can be as simple or as difficult as you make it. If you wake up in a not-so-fun mood, fueling your body with breakfast will be able to get your body going easier than it would without any food. Again, if you’re anything like me, I’m the type of person who gets HANGRY. And I really mean if I don’t eat breakfast and it’s getting to be like 11am or closer to noon, you better believe I start to get cranky. In my opinion, breakfast just sets the tone for the rest of the day. I used to never eat breakfast, and I mean NEVER. It seemed so much more of a pain to me than anything else, so I get it. However, I changed all that in June of this year, and have not looked back. I get up every day at 4:45am, so there’s no way in hell that I have time to make myself a crazy meal. What I do though is prepare my breakfast the night before so I grab and go in the morning. And now it has become a part of my every day routine. 

2. Wash Your Face

This sounds so blunt and simple. Almost trivial, right? There are a lot of people that have skin-care routines in the morning and night, I myself being one of them, so I get it. But I know I’m not the only one when it comes to having every now and then when you wake up late and don’t have time to wash, tone, moisturize…the whole ordeal in the morning. Sometimes you were just way too tired to wipe that mascara off before your head hit the pillow the night before. I have found the days where I did not wash my face to be days that my mood definitely could have used some boosting. There is something about cleaning your face that feels so motivating, or is that just me? As soon as my face is clean I feel like a brand new person.

3. Make A Cup Of Tea

I must first say that I used to hate tea, and when I say hate…I mean I absolutely despised it and could never picture myself loving it as much as I do now. In the past, when I wasn’t as in tune with my anxiety as I am now, I would have some horrible days. I remember  scrolling through Pinterest one night, I came across a pin that mentioned drinking a warm or hot liquid (milk, lemon water, tea, etc) would help reduce the symptoms associated with anxiety. I remember at the time being like, yeah okay. But I had nothing to lose at that point, except anxiety. So I tried it anyway. I boiled some water and made myself a cup of tea. I want to say I made a “Sleepy Time” tea that night. The only reason we had tea in the house was because my husband loves it, and that one is his favorite. Basically, it was my only option.  That night I drank the whole cup. After drinking it, I felt more relaxed, physically speaking. Was my anxiety still there? Of course, but it helped calm the physical symptoms I was having like tightness of chest, wanting to cry, shaking, etc. I felt more grounded, my body feeling less tense. This in turn made the whirlwind of thoughts in my head seem much more that…just thoughts. That was much more manageable and actually helped lift my mood. Next time you’re feeling down or having bad anxiety, try making yourself a cup of tea. The only thing you’ve got to lose is anxiety or anxiousness!

4. Make Your Bed

While growing up I would regularly spend the night at my grandma’s house. Every morning after sleeping over she would have me help her make the bed before we got going for the day. As a kid I never understood it. Now I realize how grateful I am she taught me this. Making your bed before truly starting your day gets your productivity going. I don’t know about you, but after seeing my bed made, I feel like I am ready to tackle anything. Try it for a week. Hell, try it for a couple days. You’ll be surprised at how much it boosts your mood within minutes.

5. Turn On Music

You know those days when you turn up the music really loud to just block out pretty much anything you want to? Try turning on music to do the exact opposite. I have found when I find myself in a crappy mood, turning on a good uplifting playlist turned up real loud gets my endorphins going. Now don’t quote me, that probably isn’t what is truly happening in my head, I’m not doctor…but what I can tell you is that it always cheers me up. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

The numerous ways to help boost your mood are truly endless. I know that some days it gets hard to feel inspired, motivated, or even productive. We’ve all been there. But if we make a conscious effort to take small steps every day to change our mindset, it becomes easier to help ourselves through the tougher times. These five things tend to work the best for me. I hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks!

Until next time,

Megan