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31 Ways to Change Your Mood

Updated on January 17, 2012
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I am a retired special needs teacher who still wants to learn. I enjoy researching and finding interesting facts to share in my writing.

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.


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    • Dianemae profile image

      Dianemae 6 years ago

      Thanks for your comment on my hub. I'm not sure I could give 30 minutes everyday to relaxation and visualization. I would want to jump up and do something, but good luck to you.

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      Dianemae 6 years ago

      Thanks for your hub comment. Here's to a good day with a great mood.

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      Tsvetana Kodjabasheva 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      I agree, we do affect people arround us. Everything is in our hands, and starting from our personal feelings, we are able to alter our surroundings. Thanks for this hub, rated up and useful.

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      networmed 6 years ago from SPL

      Nice tips and thanks for sharing them. My way of changing mood is by doing relaxation and visualization. Although I'm just new to this, but it has great effects on me, personally.

      I'm doing it for 30 minutes everyday. It really takes practice and commitment as during the time I start, I feel lazy doing it. Reasons come up like, "why not watch TV, instead" or "just go outside and breath fresh air and do it later" and a lot more.

      But, it's somewhat rewarding when you start making it a habit. The day isn't complete without doing it.