It’s already Autumn and soon Winter will make its way, bringing us the usual cold temperatures along with the chilly winds and a lot of clouds and bad weather to accompany those.
It is only natural that our mood will be somewhat affected by the lack of sunlight (read more about this here) compared to the quantity of sunlight we’re used to from summer.
If you feel a bit under the weather, or your mood is not great, here are some tips from my experience that will lighten up your mood. Of course, everyone is different and maybe not everything from this list will work for you as it works for me. But definitely worth a try.
Sing a song
Singing a song that you like will take your mind off your thoughts, while you will concentrate on the lyrics and the tune. Singing is a good way to relax and enjoy the moment while at the same time releasing endorphins. Even if you’re not the best singer, try it.
Sometimes, dancing will come naturally while singing – but if you choose just to dance to your favorite tune, that will lighten up your mood. Not only you will enjoy it, but it will also bring you energy and you will burn a few calories too. So…dance like no one is watching!
3. Watch a movie you enjoyed a few years ago – preferably a comedy
Get comfy and search for that movie from a long time ago that made you laugh like no other movie. If you want a better mood, gift yourself with a good old comedy and…laugh.
It is a scientifically proven fact that laughter has an effect on the brain – helping it regulate the stress hormones and also to release endorphins.
4. Drink a cup of green tea
Green tea is really great for its antioxidant properties but it can also improve your mood and give you a stable energy. Read more about green tea benefits here.
On another note, a warm cup of tea can give you a pleasant feeling as some studies conclude that within tactile stimuli, the brain associates warm objects with a positive experience.
5. Find an exciting outdoor activity
Surrounded by nature and changing the environment from time to time makes your brain happy – this will stabilize your mood even if it’s just a bike ride in the park.
Going to a forest, lake or mountains is even better for your well being since the air is fresher and the specific sounds can contribute to a multi-sensory experience. Also, the color green is calming and that is a proven psychological fact.
These are five of the things I do to brighten up my mood. I’d love to hear what are your go-to things to feel better so please leave a comment below.
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Until next time!