Mood plays a big role in how you see the world and influence your relationships. The good news is there are plenty of science-backed ways to elevate your mood when you’re feeling down — and many are super easy when you feel I need someone to talk to.
Take a walk – Getting some fresh air and exercise helps your body release endorphins. Plus, it can help you feel calm and focused.
Listen to upbeat music – Music can lift your spirits and reduce stress. Try listening to your favourite tunes or put together a playlist with upbeat songs that make you happy. You can also get a quick boost by simply smiling, making eye contact, or chatting with someone. For times when you feel I need someone to talk to, consider Someone to listen.
Pet your dog or cat – The physical act of petting an animal releases oxytocin, which promotes feelings of affection and decreases stress.
Eat healthy – Eating well can help improve your mood by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Choose whole foods that provide your body with essential nutrients and avoid junk food that can give you a temporary high from sugar, then lead to a crash.
Make your friends smile – Studies show that helping others can make you feel better about yourself, and you don’t need to be a hero. Just something simple like holding the door for someone or assisting with directions can have a positive impact on your mood.
Get in the habit of doing these things regularly to get a mood boost each day. You could even add some of them to your daily routine — such as getting up a little earlier, taking the time to write down what you’re grateful for or catching up with friends.