There is no end to the list of things that can sour your mood on any given day: the weather, a lost earring, the news, getting ink or your favorite shirt, unpleasant people, etc. But when it seems like the whole universe is trying to mess with you – don’t let it. Try one (or all) of these simple tools to lighten your mood.
1. Find the good in the situation. I know it can be hard, but there is usually some little morsel of positivity that can be found. The parking ticket was at least only $ 25, the surly waiter is probably having an even worse day than you are, those pants were getting worn out anyway you get the idea.
2. Make a list of things to be thankful for – your health, family, pet, home, job, upcoming vacation, great friends, happy memories.
3. Have a good laugh. You don’t have to go to laughing classes to be able to use this one (yes, laughing classes actually do exist). Every time something happens that makes you angry, instead of giving that anger a chance to surface, try laughing out loud. It will feel ridiculous the first couple of times, but that actually helps. You’ll start laughing for real because of the absurdity of it all. Try it, you’ll see!
4. Expect a positive outcome. If you go into any situation expecting it to be a positive experience that ends well, chances are it will be. I always expect a great parking spot to open up as I pull into my grocery store’s constantly packed lot, and it almost always does.
5. Stock up on funny sayings, clips and quotes. I collect favorite quotes all the time and when I need a pick-me-up, I read through them. Some that never fail to put a smile of my face are quotes from Homer Simpson, Seinfeld and Woody Allen.
6. Get upside down. Inverted yoga poses are wonderful for all the organs, and can help boost your mood as well. An easy one to try is “legs up the wall” which is exactly what it sounds like. Lie on your back with your butt up against a wall, swing your legs up so they are leaning against the wall, and just relax like that for as long as you want.
7. Take a break. I’m as guilty as anyone of running around trying to get more than is possible done in a day before crashing into bed too late to get more than 6 hours of sleep. But it’s a terrible bad habit to have, and one that can seriously compromise your health. It’s so important to stop every now and then to just enjoy the moment and spend quality time with friends, family and pets.
We all face different challenges every single day, and life is not easy, but if you try to maintain a positive outlook and avoid dwelling on wrongdoings and “what could have beens”, you’ll live a much happier, and healthier, life.