We all have our days. Feeling down and stressed.
Especially when you’re a busy mom with a mile-long to-do list.
There are plenty of things you can do if you’re feeling down.
You could pout and sulk.
Or you could find something to do that renews your appreciation of life.
There are lots of positive things that we tend to overlook when our moods turn sour.
Appreciate life and enhance your mood with these simple tips:
1. Go outside.
Get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Choose your favorite outdoor location: beach, mountains, park, or lake. It’s up to you. Just spend some time outdoors.
2. Call a friend.
You know the right friend to call. It’s the one with the upbeat attitude about life that always makes you smile. Call them up and see what’s been happening since you last chatted.
3. Lie outside in the sunshine.
Find a reclining chair or a nice patch of grass. Lie down and feel the sun on your face.
4. Make a list of goals.
If you’re feeling down, the future might seem bleak. Create an exciting vision for the future by setting some audacious goals. You’ll be inspired to make those goals a reality.
Go for a run, take a yoga class, or attempt to break your personal squats record. Exercise always makes you feel better.
6. Order takeout.
Call your favorite takeout place and order your favorite dish. Call a friend to join you if you like. Remember to include dessert!
7. Dance around your living room.
Put on your favorite songs and dance the evening away. Break out of your normal routine. And remember to dance like nobody’s watching. 😉
8. Plan a trip.
It can be a day trip, weekend getaway, or something more substantial. Let your imagination run wild.
9. Go out for an ice cream cone.
It doesn’t matter if you’re two or 92. Ice cream can still put a smile on your face. Try a new flavor and get an extra scoop. If ice cream isn’t your thing, go for a smoothie or a fancy cup of coffee.
10. Go for a long walk.
Take a bottle of water and plan on being gone for at least an hour. Explore someplace new. Enjoy your surroundings.
11. Get a harmonica and play it.
You won’t find a more portable instrument and it’s easier to learn than most. It’s not so loud that you’ll bother the neighbors.
12. Bake cookies.
And then eat them. Make them from scratch and enjoy the process. Take a few to a friend or neighbor.
13. Go see a movie in the middle of the day.
Take time off for work and spend the afternoon at the movie theater. Find the best seat and enjoy your popcorn without all the talking that usually goes on.
14. Take a nap.
There are times where nothing is better than a short nap. Curl up with a book and see how long you can stay awake.
15. Look at pictures from your childhood.
Pull out the photo albums and relive the past. You might spot someone in a photo that you want to reach out to. Track down your childhood friends and say hello.
16. Watch your favorite movie or TV show.
Pull up Netflix (or Amazon Video or Hulu or Cable) and just relax. Choose a movie or show that will lift your spirits (my go-to’s when feeling blue are Gilmore Girls, Supernatural, and Charmed). With so many choices available today on-demand, you’re bound to find something.
It’s bound to happen–we all have our good and bad days. But the key to bounce back quickly. You don’t want to waste precious time feeling down.
Make your own list of activities that you enjoy. Have an arsenal of things that you can count on to lift you up when you’re feeling down.
I want to hear from you!
What are some of your favorite ways to bring your mood up when you’re feeling down? Please join the discussion in the comments section below.