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How to Change Your Mood in Less Than 5 Minutes? Say Goodbye to Depression

Updated on January 18, 2014
"When I'm in a bad mood, I don't listen." Cathy Freeman
"When I'm in a bad mood, I don't listen." Cathy Freeman

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”

We all happen to face the days a little '"erratic" when we feel lazy, disappointed, bored, angry and depressed: our mood is so on the ground that we would instantly fall asleep and wake up the next day doing nothing.
Usually this kind of day starts badly from the morning and continues through arguments, stress, unexpected unpleasant encounters.

If we want to take a step forward in our personal growth, we must learn to manage and change our moods: the best solution (and the only possible) to do it, take action. Do something!


To get out of this state of idleness we must necessarily do something that will help us to change mood, something that makes us feel really good.

What do you do in such cases?
Usually in these cases, we try to find solace in anything that gives momentary pleasure (such as alcohol, smoking, etc.) or even worse, we spend time zapping desperately in front of the TV. There are other less harmful things that can help change the mood in a few minutes, it is small and simple actions to everyone. I also often use some of these whenever my mood is not right.

Here is a list of things that you can do to improve your mood:

"There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune." Thomas Carlyle
"There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune." Thomas Carlyle

Laugh out loud

We all know that laughter is good for both health and mind, but when we have something so important to think of or when we are tensed, we may not be able to put a smile.
Yet laughter has been an act of great liberating power, which makes us feel better immediately.

"Laughter is inner jogging"


To stimulate smile and stop the negative thoughts you can watch some funny videos on YouTube, the most hilarious is those of animals and babies laughing, but there are also phone pranks, gigs, cartoons and much more. Comedy films can be also helpful.

Change the position of your body

When we are sad, depressed or angry, our body, tends to assume certain positions. In principle, we tend to contract the muscles of the face, frown, cross our arms, keep our back bent, hands clenched into fists, and if we are sitting, we cross our legs. Our breath is more accelerated and usually we speak in a lower voice.

The position of the body also affects moods and can therefore help change the mood. When you are sad and depressed, try to put yourself in this position: Sit with your back straight, chest outwards, hands resting on knees and relax the facial muscles with a hint of a smile. Also try to breathe slowly and speak in a higher tone. Maintaining this posture is very unlikely that we can still continue to feel sad or even crying. If you do not believe just try to take on this position for 5 minutes and check if your mood has remained the same.

Change your inner voice

Do not pay attention to your inner voice. When the mood is down, most likely our inner dialogue will consist of phrases like "I'm stupid", "today I'm not going to do anything", "life sucks" and so on.
If we continue to repeat these sentences, we will not get any change. Therefore, it is necessary to change the inner dialogue and tune it to more positive thoughts, like as we do with a radio station or a television channel that we do not like. If you cannot change the content of your inner dialogue, try repeating the same things, but changing the shape, adopting a different tone which is funnier.
For example, you can transform the inner voice to a song and give it the voice of your favorite singer or a cartoon character. I like to use the voice of Donald Duck.

A small video lesson

Learn something new

One thing that makes us feel good, especially at the end of the day, you have learned something new that will enrich our knowledge. Expanding our knowledge is not only a great daily habit, but it is also a way to regain self-esteem and make us feel alive.
Every time we learn something new, we ourselves become something new.
Instead of learning new information, learn how to actually do something new. Again YouTube comes to help with the many interesting videos that explain how to do something. There is a video for anything we want to learn to do, for example, we can learn a new dance step, a few phrases in a foreign language, a new recipe, take singing lessons, make-up, cutting and sewing, design etc.. You'll be spoiled for choice.

Music can change your mood!

Even dancing or singing can help

When the body is in motion, it's hard to feel unhappy. The dance, like any other type of physical activity, also has extraordinary effects on the mind due to the release of endorphins that help reduce stress and have a positive effect on mood. That's why dancing, running or jumping can really help us to find the humor when the misery takes over.
You do not need to be enrolled in a dance school or go to the gym to reap the benefits of the movement, you can do it at home and with a lot more freedom.

Do something good for someone

Have you noticed how do you feel after helping someone? Certainly the feeling you get is very nice because it will help a person in distress makes you feel useful and important and this will instantly create one state of inner well-being, satisfaction and contentment.
When you help others you are helping yourself first of all. We even feel better by giving directions to a lost stranger.

"You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance."  Franklin P. Jones
"You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance." Franklin P. Jones

Play with a child or a pet

Playing with the kids or with a pet is a great remedy against the depressing moods, even the most disappointed and discouraged with the world can find comfort being in contact with them. Dealing with kids is fun and it takes just a few minutes to be better.The children can teach us many things , how to be carefree and not take life too seriously. In their magical world where there are no negative feelings and unhappy people.
Pets inspire tenderness, we instill a sense of calm and relaxation and also tear us many smiles with their funny behaviors. Try to play for 5 minutes with a cat or run for a few yards behind a dog, how do you feel after doing it? Maybe a little tired, but incredibly relieved.

If you're feeling so down that you do not have even a shred of motivation to do any of these actions and the only thing you feel like doing is crying ... you can cry. Crying is like laughter, is a natural way to help you find relief, the tears as the smile is necessary in the healing process.
If, however, after putting into practice these tips, you feel that your day is not yet taken off and yet sad and depressed, it means that you have not yet learned to live in the present. Forget the past. Do not worry about the future. Live here and now. Be happy!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I find laughter to be so healing, and playing with children always relieves stress for me. Wonderful post filled with great advice and wisdom.