We all know that one person who is infinitely happy always walks around with a smile on their face and never seems to have a bad day. But, unfortunately, it’s not realistic to expect that we’re going to be in the best mood at all times. Sometimes you just wake up feeling blah, or maybe something that is challenging or frustrating happened in your work or personal life. We often look for a quick mood booster in these cases – and yes, I’m looking at you coffee and Netflix. But what are some other ways to easily boost your mood and get yourself back on track? Well, without further ado, let’s dive into 5 ways to boost your mood in under 5 minutes so that you can fire your old self to make way for your new, best self and live your best life.
1. Listen to Music or an Audiobook
Rather than flipping on Netflix and mindlessly watching it for hours, why not throw on your favorite music or audiobook and listen for a few minutes for a quick mood booster. So, instead of spending hours watching comfort TV, you can easily and quickly reset your perspective with a song or audiobook. Personally, I’m not much of an audiobook listener; however, if I need a quick mood boost, I love to put on some music and dance it out. For this to work, though, you need to listen to one of your favorite songs – the ones that hit your soul. Currently, I really like Ariana Grande’s “no tears left to cry,” and there’s also a remix of David Guetta vs. Migos vs. Green Day on YouTube uploaded by the user Zoltán Esze that is a serious banger (you should definitely go check it out next time you need a mood boost). Using music or an audiobook in this way helps you create a productive distraction and can significantly increase your mood in under 5 minutes so you can get back to focusing on molding yourself into the best version of yourself and loving the life you live.
2. Declutter Your Space
Sometimes when you’re feeling stressed or frustrated, taking a few minutes to declutter your space can do wonders for your mindset. Personally, I always need to clean my kitchen first thing in the morning before I can move along with the rest of my day. For me, an organized kitchen equals an organized mind and less anxiety. For someone else, they might find that consistently making their bed each day adds some discipline into their daily routine and helps them focus better. For example, I have a friend and ex-co-worker who must make their bed every single day no matter what. While I can understand and appreciate why this person feels inclined to make their bed each day, I just know that it will get messed up again that night which is the genuine reason I rarely make my bed. Another important space to keep decluttered for productivity’s sake is your desk area. Especially for those who work from home, keeping your workspace free from distractions or unnecessary clutter is extremely important. So, throw out those old sticky notes, replenish your pens, and wipe your desk down next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Like cleaning the kitchen or making your bed, clearing up your desk can take under 5 minutes and will help you boost your mood, feel more organized, and increase your concentration on other tasks you have on the go. Ultimately, being aware that decluttering your space can boost your mood is essential so that you can work to become your new, best self and live your best life.
3. Get Outside for Some Sun
One thing that can really make us feel down or even disconnected from ourselves is being cooped up inside all day. So, if possible, an excellent instant mood booster is getting outside for some sun! Vitamin D is one of the essential nutrients we need in order to be happy (remember, we are basically just complicated houseplants with emotions), so getting enough each day is crucial. Next time you’re not feeling the best, consider taking 5 minutes out of your day to take a quick walk outside or even just stand on your porch and bask in the sun like a lazy cat. I can almost guarantee that feeling the warmth of the sun on your face will bring you some peace and happiness. Getting outside for some sun can also help put some of the things you may be struggling with into perspective. Not to mention, fresh air can stimulate new ideas for the projects or tasks you are currently working on. Or it might just be the only 5 minutes in your day where it’s not go, go, go, and you can take a few deep breathes before going back to work. Either way, next time you’re not feeling the best, try getting outside for some sun, and you’ll be amazed at how it helps you see things from a different perspective so that you can begin to truly fire your old self to make way for your new, best self.
4. Reflect in Your Journal
Probably one of my favorite things to do when I’m not happy or can’t focus on what I’m doing is to take a few minutes to write down my thoughts and reflect in my journal. This could also include reciting or writing down an affirmation, or even just a quick list of some of the things bothering you. Writing them down makes them tangible and gives them the space to exist outside of just being in your head. It also means you can acknowledge these issues but allow your journal to hold onto them for you so that you can move along to the other things you need to accomplish in your day. For example, if you’re waiting to hear back on something, it can just sit at the forefront of your mind all day and be a major distraction. Giving yourself a few minutes with your journal can help relieve you of this stress to some degree and boost your mood, allowing you to work towards becoming your best self and living your best life.
5. Call a Friend to Vent
If music or an audiobook, decluttering, getting some sun, and reflecting in your journal don’t work for you, consider calling a friend to vent. Sometimes we get nervous about asking for help because we don’t want to be a ‘burden’ or ‘put our problems’ onto someone else. However, your friends are there for a reason – because they love and support you. Unless they’re busy or in the middle of something when you call, a good friend will listen to your issues and can help guide you through them. Plus, since this person knows you well, they’re often the best person to talk to about your problems since they will be familiar with your situation and might even have some excellent advice for you to utilize. I will admit that calling a friend to vent might take longer than 5 minutes, but one tactic is to delegate a certain amount of time for venting (5, 10, 15 minutes), and then when that threshold is met, you know it’s time to re-focus on the next thing. Honestly, if you’re struggling, reaching out to a friend is one of the best ways to get back on track, boost your mood, and get the support you deserve on your journey of firing your old self to create your new self.
Final Thoughts Everyone has a bad day or a mood swing every once in a while, and these techniques are a starting point for combating those feelings and getting a quick mood boost. However, if you’re consistently struggling with negative thoughts and feelings, you might consider speaking to a therapist or counselor regarding your issues to seek professional help and strategies. But, if it’s just a minor frustration or mild stressor, you should consider trying out some of these tools. Dance it out with your favorite music or put on the audiobook you’re currently listening to for a quick, productive distraction. Tidy up your work and home space for a clutter-free mind or get outside for some sunshine. Maybe you’re a journaler like me, or perhaps you would prefer to vent to your friend about the situation. In each of these instances, the most important thing is that you work towards moving past your unhappy feelings and begin to replace them with positive ones. You won’t feel happy-go-lucky all the time (that’s not the point), but you can begin to see the world around you differently as you shift your perspective. Ultimately, integrating these 5 ways to boost your mood in under 5 minutes is critical so that you can fire your old self to make way for your new, best self while remembering Life’s Short, Love the Life You Live!