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31 Ways to Change Your Mood
Feeling depressed? Change your Mood
You alone can do so much to enlighten your day. First of all, don’t blame yourself for feeling depressed. Everyone feels down. Everyone has an off day. Everyone goes through mood changes. The way you react and control these emotions will determine the rest of your day.
There are some very serious disorders associates with mood changes, such as; bi-polar disorder, manic depression, depression and hyperactivity just to name a few. These can be and must be treated by a doctor. I am going to refer to the mood changes we all experience in our own life. These are the situations or curve balls that are thrown at us when we are just flying through our daily routine.
Do You Need a Mood Change?
Do you need a mood change? Let’s see where you are right now. Are you motivated and energized? Do you want to accomplish anything? If you are not motivated, not energized or don’t care, chances are you need a mood change.
The purpose of a mood change is to make you feel better. The mood changes are different for each individual. A mood change for some may be a simple task like getting up and out of bed each day. The next person may want to get up, and get dressed. Many others may just want to move forward after someone has put them down with verbal abuse. Again you must set a goal. Set a small goal, just for today. Today I will get dressed. Today I will clean the dishes out of the sink. Today I will walk to the end of the driveway. Today I will finish all paper work. Today I will make dinner. The ‘place’ where each individual is at, can be a huge difference than where you are at. Some people can’t even face the day and others have too many things on their lists. This is why it is so important for you to start where ever you are.
Next you must be pleased with each little move forward you attain. Two steps forward and one step backwards is still a move forward. Reward, enjoy and be thankful for each step. Tomorrow you will be starting closer to your goal than you started today.
The Number One Mood Changer
There are many ways to change your mood, but the top suggestion by the leading researchers is….EXERCISE. Oh no, not that again. At least ten sites that I checked had some form of exercise as the number one way to change your mood. Thirty other helpful ideas are:
Read inspirational books
Act like you want to feel—happy
Play with animals
Clean a closet
Donate clothing to charity
Play with children
Volunteer at school
Watch comedy or cartoons
Be around people that make you happy
Call an old friend
Cook or Bake for someone else
Buy fresh flowers
Sit at the beach and watch water
Write or send card to friend
Go to library and watch people
Listen to motivational tape
Make candy and share
Bring a friend to a museum
Take yourself out to lunch
Take a picnic to park
Make a ‘clean the refrigerator’ soup
Play loud favorite music
Sign up for high school adult ed class
Ask friend to teach you to knit, learn computer
Change furniture locations
Work in the yard
Change hair style
Walk and look at the beauty of nature
Take an afternoon nap
Look and appreciate the world around you
You control how changes are going to affect your mood. You can make the choice to be cheerful, happy, optimistic and pleasant. Remember, your mood affects those around you.