Still suffering from a serious case of bank holiday blues? So are we. Sometimes it’s hard to drag yourself out of that funk, especially when you have a ton of work to do and serious bills to pay.
But fear not, as we have come up with five very simple ways to instantly boost your mood and leave you feeling more positive about your day.
1. Do something good
People who volunteer tend to be a lot happier than those who don’t. Helping others is not only a wonderful way to do your bit for your community, but it will also leave you feeling great about yourself. Why not pitch in on a weekly basis at your local community centre, sign up to give blood or organise a charity dog walk – every little helps.
2. Get your heart racing – Drink Coffee
We all know we should be doing more exercise, but this one really works. For a shot of endorphins, head out into the fresh air for a short walk or jog, or, if you’re stuck at work, simply stand up and run on the spot for three minutes. Why not organise a colleague lunchtime stroll in your nearest park – your office will be a much happier and more optimistic place come the afternoon slump.
There is caffeine in coffee and YES, caffeine does boost your mood because it is a stimulant. It makes you feel energetic and lets your brain cells fire so that all of a sudden, you are not the tired and defeated person you were an hour ago. But like all drugs, the effect goes aways after some time and if you take caffeine regularly, you get addicted to it and the boost effect starts to go away. Instead of changing your mood from pessimistic to optimistic, it will only help to change it from depressed to I’ll live. Some caffeine addicts who try to quit can experience a depression-like state called caffeine withdrawal.
3. Boost Your Mood with Music or Music Video
Music has been a part of human culture since prehistoric times, when hollow pieces of wood were blown to make sound. While we can’t say exactly how music came into being, the science behind how our bodies respond to music suggests it might have been a natural outcome of two instinctive interactions.
First, when you listen to a rhythm, your heart actually begins to get in sync with it. A slowed heartbeat sends a message to your brain that something sad, depressing, or heavy is occurring. A fast heartbeat communicates excitement.
Second, tone ranks equally in importance in terms of how your body responds to music. Your brain understands cheerfulness from pieces played in a major key and sadness from the way minor key pieces mirror soft sighs.
While signals of rhythm and tone combine to direct your psyche in how to understand a piece of music, the effects go both ways. Researchers at the University of Missouri discovered that you can deliberately boost your mood by listening to upbeat music. Published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, that information probably comes as no surprise, but to lead author Yuna Ferguson, the significance lies in the fact that the work “provides support for what many people already do—listen to music to improve their moods.”
Some people worry that wanting to be happier is a selfish goal, but in fact, research shows that happier people are more sociable, likable, healthy, and productive―and they’re more inclined to help other people. By working to boost your own happiness, you’re making other people happier, too.