Ways to improve your mood

How to feel joy in the moment.

Is the pandemic getting to you? Or maybe you are going through personal relationship problems or a difficult relationship with yourself? I understand all the heavy emotions, that weight on your shoulders, as you walk around the city in a funk. The other day I caught myself moping around the city, not smiling and completely disregarding how lucky I am. Then I thought to myself that if you can’t smile, the joy is gone from life. It doesn’t take alot of effort to be happy; decide that you want to smile, that you want to be grateful and do it. The trick is to find the action step to kick off your change in mood.

Here are some ways I am able to immediately improve my mood:
  1. Go outside and observe. Look at the life around you: nature, people, dogs, kids. Watch them laugh or get on a bike or walk their dog. Look up at the sky and trees and buildings and focus on feeling present exactly where you are. This will help you remember your place in the world and remind you why you live where you live.
  2. Move your body. This could mean reverting to #1 and going outside to walk. For instance, picking up weights or doing gentle movements with a lighter weight. Roll around on your foam roller or do yoga. Make your movement count, savor the movement and notice which body part is working during the movement. You don’t need to sweat like crazy or run on a treadmill for an hour to say you moved. The best movement is qualitative.
  3. Pick up the phone and talk to a friend or family about what is weighing you down. The other day my friend asked me if I wanted to meet her outside to chat. I was feeling so down and was in no mood so I turned her down. She then told me that she was feeling the same way. Therefore, I realized this was my chance to feel better AND help a friend. Come out of your shell and talk to people about what is bothering you.

Three actions steps above help me smile, feel lighter and more able to spread joy. I recently received these brand new cards from Adrienne at May You Know Joy which contain daily prompts to find joy in your day. They say statements like: look for your favorite color today or pick up your favorite book. Imagine if someone prompted you everyday to do something simple and joyful? Use that link above to purchase the cards and use code NYC15 for 15% off your purchase.

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