Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? Perhaps you find that these days, this is happening more often than not. If this has ever happened to you, then you are familiar with that cranky; crabby; foul mood feeling that being down can bring. But do you know how to shake it?
Often times I have had people ask me why I am so happy all the time. I will be the first to admit that this is not the case. Everyone experiences some degree of somberness; many times for no apparent reason at all. I have, however, found a way to go to battle with “the blues” when they show up at my doorstep. I have found that my days of being happy are far outnumbered by my days being “down” and I would like to share some tips with you.
Keep in mind that there is no quick fix or instant cure for being able to miraculously repair your mood, and relieve stress; but there are ways in which you can improve your disposition and handle stress over a short period of time.
Here are some effective ways to make it happen:
Flowers: Many have underestimated the power that flowers have, over being able to uplift a mood. Flowers contain all of the components, necessary to bring up attitudes and lift spirits. They not only look beautiful and smell nice; but they pop with beautiful and vibrant colors. About 6 months ago, I started buying flowers once every one to two weeks from the supermarket. When I get home, I place the flowers in a vase with water and ice. Every morning, I pour out about half the water, and replace it with more ice. The ice does a superb job in preserving my flowers and preserving my good mood, as well.
Chocolate: Finish this sentence “Happiness is…”
For me it is keeping a handful of chocolate bites in my purse and being able to spontaneously pop one in my mouth when I am feeling tired or stressed. A recent study found that eating one and a half ounces of dark chocolate every day for two weeks significantly reduced peoples’ stress hormone levels. It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to tell me. I figured this out years ago.
Vitamins: Start with B-complex! It has been actively proven when taken on a regular basis, that vitamin B will keep your mood uplifted. After you incorporate vitamin B into your everyday routine, you may want to check and make sure you are getting enough of the other vitamins, as well. Vitamin deficiencies can decrease energy levels and keep you from performing up to your full potential causing low self-esteem. Some of the challenges that come from exhibiting low self-esteem include mood swings and feeling down. Allowing your body to retain the proper amounts of vitamin nutrients, essential to your health will also improve your ability to maintain a positive mood.
Walking: Taking an early morning, late afternoon or early evening walk, not only promotes a healthy physical body; but also eases your mind and brings a sense of peace and relaxation to your inner being.
Sleep: Remember the old adage “I’ll sleep on it?” There’s so much truth to this. Sleep clears our head of clutter, renews our mental and physical strength and helps to keep us focused during the day. Get a full eight hours of sleep while going to bed at the same time each evening and getting up at the same time each morning; and you are sure to see a difference in your mood.
Plan something special at least once a month: Lunch with friends, shopping at the mall or a special spa day. Mark it on the calendar and give yourself something to look forward to. In the midst of work, family and other responsibilities, planning one special event out of the month will allow you to wind down and de-stress on that unique day. Looking forward to it will lift your spirits and help to keep you centered.
Burn a candle: Whenever I am at the peak of daily stress, I pour some scented oil in my oil burner or I light a scented candle. The lovely aroma does wonders to calm my mood and uplift my spirits. Lavender, cotton and vanilla are just a few examples of scents that pacify. You can purchase the burner and oil scents at your local discount store or if you prefer candles, pick your favorite aroma, light the wick and allow your mood to be lightened in the process.
Music: It will calm you and bring tranquility. When possible, I go into my bedroom, close the door, turn up the music and sing along to my favorite tunes while I dance all over the room. Ten minutes of this exercise usually brings me an immediate sense of satisfaction. Try it and allow yourself to be renewed while your psyche is being restored.
Make a list of positives in your life: Think of ten things that are pleasant in your life and write them down. Having trouble thinking of ten; then list five. If you turn the things you may view as negative in your life and realize how positive they really are, you will began to have a better perception thus commissioning yourself to generate naturally positive energy and change your mood. Example: You may not like your job; but be grateful that you have one, as it helps to provide for you (and your family). Realize that your job is only temporary until another position opens up for you. Having a positive attitude about your job will enable you to perform above your employers’ expectations allowing for more opportunities to be made available for you.
Remember; the first step in improving your mood and being happy starts with “you.” Once you make up your mind that you are not going to allow petty issues to upset you and that each morning when you wake up, it is a new day to rejoice in, you will begin to have a more positive view of life and all that it has to offer!