Autumn is coming!
Cute boots, pumpkin everything, changing leaves… it’s the best time of the year!
That being said, I’m a Florida girl at heart and I just cannot handle when the weather begins to dip below the seventies. Yep. Seventies. I’m a wimp. I love autumn, but I hate winter!
Fortunately enough for me, we’re still breaking into the 100 degrees here, so the winter chill is still far, far away.
That being said, I definitely get a little bit of the moody blues after the seasons change. I love my sun and my surf we’ve already had a series of grey, gloomy days here that are just a little glimpse of what the coming winter will have in store.
In an effort to be proactive about my own happiness, I’ve compiled a list of super useful mood boosters that are sure to lift your spirits! Whether you’re affected by the seasons, a rough patch at work, or a relationship, these small things will make you smile like a jack-o-lantern!
Turn on the Tunes
Music has a special spot in my soul, and I know a lot of you share that mentality. Musicians have a way of articulating our feelings in a way that we non-musically-inclined can muster. I love to listen to cheery, upbeat music that I can belt right along with when I’m feeling a little down while others prefer to listen to lovesick ballads when their hearts are heavy.
There’s no wrong song to listen to! It’s all up to your taste and your mood and your preference. Pop in those headphones and get rocking.
Hydrate and Nourish
If your feeling down and sluggish, it may very well be that you’re not staying as hydrated as you should. I used to have a HUGE issue not drining enough water until I finally decided to buckle down and monitor my hydration.
Drinking water does wonders not only for your complexion and body, but also for your brain and mood as well.
I bought this amazing water bottle so that I could easily track exactly how many ounces of water in a day that I was drinking (hint – it was not near enough!). There are also lots of apps out there that will help you as well.
While you’re drinking water, snack on some fruit as well. It might just you that little bit of sugar and vitamins that you need.
Chocolate is Never Wrong!
Sometimes, you just need some chocolate. Everyone’s been there!
When I’m feeling cranky for no reason, I dip into my little stash of dark chocolate and snag a piece. I have to hide it way up in my pantry so I can’t see it and steal from it constantly, but it gets the job done when I decide to nosh on a piece.
Plus, dark chocolate has been linked to all kinds of health benefits when eaten in moderation!
Skip the Alcohol
After a rough day, it’s easy to reach for the wine to relax, and there are definitely times when that’s fine.
That being said, alcohol is still a downer. It will not make you feel better, and even if you do manage to drink away your problems, they’re still going to be there in the morning – along with a nasty hangover.
It’s best to keep away from the booze until you feel like your mood has already stabilized.
Write It Out
Grab your journal or even just a sheet of paper, and write about your feelings. It may feel silly at first, but it really does help you sort through the complicated emotions you’re going through.
Writing how you feel may also help you unearth things about yourself that you never realized as well, plus, it may just help you get to the bottom of what’s dragging down your mood.
Walk It Out
Go for a walk or jog and get the blood flowing.
There’s nothing better than the sun on your shoulders and the breeze on your cheeks. My mom used to say that there was nothing a walk couldn’t solve.
Not only will you get yourself out of the house, and potentially out of your rut, but you’ll also have time to think and set your head on straight.
Talk It Out
Call your best friend, your mom, your old high school teacher, just call someone! I promise that there is someone out there who would love to hear from you and listen while you vent.
It’s so much worse for yourself to bottle up your emotions. As Shrek would say, “Better out than in!”
There’s nothing healthy about refusing to acknowledge your problems, and the first step in busting that blue mood wide open is to open yourself up a little.
Yoga or Meditation
Meditation and yoga are both excellent at centering your body and soul. It’s so hard to feel down when you’ve finished a long stretch session and you feel limber and strong!
It doesn’t matter what your athletic skill level is, yoga is something that everyone can participate in. There are amazing videos on YouTube that you can access for free.
The LAST thing I want to do when I feel down is clean, but stay with me!
I get so moody when the house is a mess. I feel overwhelmed and anxious and all sorts of down and out. Clean up your surroundings and you’ll be shocked at how quickly your mood begins to lift.
A little while ago I compiled a big list of little things to do for yourself, and I will definitely be implementing them this winter!
A lot of times when we feel moody and sad, it’s because we haven’t practiced enough self-care. Look after yourself and make yourself a priority in your life. You’re the only one who will be there from the start to finish, after all!
Treat yo’ self. You deserve it.
If you’re ready for a happier day, check out this list of steps towards a happier life.
When you feel moody and down, it can be hard to pump yourself up and beat the blues.
I hope that this little list helped lift your spirits even a little bit. What do you like to do when the blues are biting?