5 Ways to Improve Your Mood in Five Minutes

We do everything we can to feel our happiest, best selves on a daily basis. We bring ourselves to workout before it’s even light outside, we seek to work in a career we love and have passion for and we do our best to surround ourselves with positive, dependable friends and partners who can help us be the very best versions of ourselves.

We do all of these things, each and everyday, but sometimes we  can’t help it: we just wake up on the wrong side of the bed.

As much as we want to be in a great, upbeat mood each and everyday, life happens. Things go wrong, people hurt us and as hard as we try, we can’t always find the bright side when we’re feeling low. It’s hard enough balancing work, family, and a social life within the mere 24 hours were allotted each day- we just don’t always have the time to make ourselves feel happy.

So for all those multi-taskers, life balancers, and busy bees out there – we have good news. There are little tricks and tips anyone can do to improve your mood when you’re feeling down…and it only takes a few minutes. We chatted with life experts to find out what these mood boosters are and how anyone can fit them into their lifestyle.

Make Yourself a Cup of Tea

As Mom always used to say, “there’s nothing a cup of tea won’t fix”. Turns out, she wasn’t wrong (not that we ever would doubt advice from you, Ma!). Registered nurse and creator of Remediesforme.com, a site that sheds light on the benefits of natural remedies for different ailments, Rebecca Lee recommends brewing some chamomile the next time you’re feeling down. “Chamomile is one of the oldest medicinal herbs, has no known adverse side effects and is non-habit forming”. Used to treat depression and anxiety, chamomile has a natural calming effect that can ease your worries and reduce stress. Not a fan of tea? Rebecca tells us chamomile can also be inhaled in its essential oil form to bring about the same benefits.

Try DIY Acupressure

One of the best sources of evidence that there is a mind-body connection within every person is that physical movement and touch can have a deep effect on the mental and emotional states of the body. Dr. Nada Milosavljevic, MD, founder of Sage Tonic, an innovative holistic program for wellness explains “Acupuncture is a simple and easy way to help improve your overall health, and has been linked to providing some relief from feelings of depression and anxiety. While we think this is one approach that should be considered, we understand that not everyone has the time or money to commit to an acupuncture treatment. But, there is an alternative: acupressure.By pressing down on certain points on your body, your mood can lift and help you get back to your day”. A quick Google search and some spare minutes are all that is needed to try this acupressure at home and instantly boost your mood. 

Spend Time with Your Pets

Dogs (and cats too!) are known for being a man or woman’s best friend, but they can also be great sources of happiness in times of need. Jennifer S. Kennett, licensed mental health therapist, recommends taking a few minutes during your day to spend time with animals. It sounds silly, but touching something soft and loving can bring give you that extra affection you need when feeling down. Try stopping to pet a furry friend you spot or snuggling up with your own at night to erase any bad mood in the fluffiest, most cuddliest way.

Listen to Some Tunes

Have you ever wondered why singing in the shower or dancing in your mirror just feels so good? Turns out, music really does have some magical powers that can boost your mood instantly. Dr. Nada Milosavljevic adds “You might have even heard of the study that resulted in the term “The Mozart Effect,” which was coined after it showed that college students performed better on math problems when listening to classical music. As one of your five senses, sound can improve concentration, decrease headache pain, lift your mood, and promote relaxation through the use of music sound therapy”. So go ahead, un-pause that playlist and feel the good vibes flow in. 

Tidy Up

We get it: cleaning up sounds a lot more like a drag than a method for boosting your mood. But Lianna Tsangarides, social worker and therapist at Mindful Healing swears by it. “They say messy bed, messy head. I find that having a clean space can really turn my day around. I feel more productive and organized having taken the time to start my day off right. It’s a small ritual that helps to create a soothing environment for the rest of the day.”

 

Stephanie Limiti is a born and raised New Yorker living out her dreams of palm trees and sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not zenned out in yoga class, she's reading biographies and volunteering at dog rescue shelter. Follow her on Instagram.