My mood determines the fate of my day with more tenacity than my schedule. A negative mood lowers my productivity and the quality of my work; it can also just as easily tarnish a day at the beach. Whether it’s a lazy mood, an over elated mood or a “bummed out” mood, a mood will take over the helm of your ship and sail into seas you never meant to visit. While moods feel like powerful dictators of our day, in the end, they are simply thoughts gone rogue or feelings left unanswered.
Even if some arbitrary mood has taken control of your ship, you can still regain command like a captain. Before you forfeit your fate to some moody pirate, try a few of the tactics below first.
8 Hacks For Improving Your Mood
1. Games. Play a casual video game or game app. Studies show that playing games can increase your mood and lower stress. Give yourself permission to play and forget about stressors for a certain amount of time during the day. Escape with word puzzles, video games and game apps.
2. Meditation Apps. The ancient yogis and monks have always supported and practiced the medicine of meditation. More recently, science has proven that meditation is not unlike a spoonful of medicine for your mind. As science now embraces meditation, so does technology. Apps like Headspace can ease you into the habit of meditation. A few quick minutes of meditation with a smile on your face can literally alter your mindset.
3. Journal. Gain some insight into your mood by writing down a list of things that seem to be bothering you. Explore this for a moment through freewriting. Then, when you feel finished, make a list of five things your grateful for; your perception will become a positive one.
4. Fix something. Is there a shirt that needs to be stitched? Have you been putting off making lemon water? Does some chipped furniture need repairing? Dive into a task. Let your thoughts focus on the task at hand for some relief.
6. Call someone. Having a quick conversation with someone outside of your head can really bring your mood back down to Earth and offer you some new perspective. Chatting with someone else reminds you that there is so much more to the day than this mood trying to sabotage you internally. Connect with the outside to realign the inside.
7. Color. Grab colored pencils or markers or crayons and your nephew’s coloring book. Watch the simple black and white image come to life by your hand. It’s a magical and alleviating activity.
8. Bathe. Find sanctuary in your bathtub or shower for a few minutes. Recharge. Clean your body and your mind.
I’m so pleased to announce that three of my poems, “Slots,” “Scraping” and “Make a Decision” have been published in Barking Sycamores Literary Magazine Issue 13. Barking Sycamores is dedicated to neurodivergent literature and its craft. I’m so honored to be a part of this project. Barking Sycamores Issue 13
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