When you’re in a bad mood, what’s the one thing that snaps you out of it no matter what? What makes you feel amazing on a not-so-great day?
One of the key things I learned while studying at Integrative Nutrition is how to fuel myself and refresh my outlook through primary food – the relationships, work, exercise, and spiritual practices that fill me up in ways food can’t.
Today, I want to share my favorite ways to turn a negative mood into a positive mood and instantly feel reenergized and inspired.
Work out. Physical movement is high on my list. When I’m feeling a little down, I love to hit the gym, do some kickboxing, crank up the tunes and dance in my living room, shake it out in a high-energy Zumba class, or zen out with yoga or tai chi.
Take it outside. Going for a long walk in my neighborhood or taking the dog for a stroll are some of my favorite ways to breathe in fresh air and connect with nature.
Have more fun. Fun and laughter are great medicine for low moods. Laughing with a friend, watching a funny movie or show, flying a kite, and singing are ways I cheer myself up.
Connect spiritually. I reconnect and recharge through prayer, meditation, journaling, writing a gratitude list, breathing deeply, and reminding myself that difficult moments will pass.
Connect with loved ones. Surrounding myself with family, talking to a good friend, getting a hug, or even connecting with like-minded people on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets make me feel more connected and less alone.
Get nourishment with energizing food. A warm cup of tea, healthy meal, energizing juice, or some raw chocolate can lift my mood in minutes.
Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite way to improve your mood and reenergize yourself? Tell me in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you!