6 Ways to Boost a Mood

Boost a MoodNeed to Boost a Mood?

We’ve all had a morning or two (or many) when we’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed and understand that until we change our attitude, the avalanche of heavy feelings will continue to pound us until we can either outrun it or sidestep it and let it roll on by.

I’ll speak candidly here by confessing that waking up on the wrong side of the bed doesn’t happen often to me, but when it does, watch out! Ha

In those moments, I wish I could walk away from myself. The weight of a bad mood is suffocating. I typically stand under a stream of hot water and beg for a magic wand to zap it away. The last thing I want to do is drag around the weight of a negative attitude the entire day.

On the odd days I wake up like this, the first thing I usually do is try to figure out what’s causing it. In fact, I jump into obsessive mode which only serves to aggravate the stress hormones even more! Typically, I have no idea why I feel irritated. It could be the result of a bad night’s sleep, a poor dinner choice from the night before, or a misread signal from someone.

Thankfully what I do know is that it’s temporary.

It is possible to boost a mood.

None of us are immune to yucky feelings. We all get them. Some people just seem to navigate such waves with ease. It doesn’t mean their struggles are any lighter. It just means they have a process for dealing with the ebb and flow of positive and negative emotions.

I love processes. They bring order to chaos. They empower me with a sense of control. They arm me with strategic actions that keep me moving forward in those times it would be so easy to just stay stuck in the muck and wallow. Hell, I don’t want to spend my time wallowing. I want to keep charging forward.

I want a process for when a bad mood strikes!

So, what to do? I set out to discover one by asking a few people what they do to boost a mood.

The Dance

Here’s what they offered:

10 Minute Vent Period
When I wake up in a bad mood, instead of taking it out on someone else, I take it out on my journal. I give myself 10 minutes to vent. I write feverishly getting all of my feelings onto that paper. I typically find the reason for my bad mood in those 10 minutes. Seeing my feelings written out frees me. I no longer have to carry the weight of my words. They are safely tucked into the pages of my journal, unjudging.

Hit the gym
I literally work out the kinks of a bad mood through rigorous exercise. I pound my feet into the floor, punch a bag, crunch my abs, and challenge my heart to go full steam ahead. When I put my all into a workout under these circumstances, I have no room for bad feelings afterwards. They leave my system on the beads of sweat and evaporate once they’ve exited my body. Whatever bad vibes came in with me are no longer attached after a workout.

Perform a random act of kindness
When I’m feeling grumpy, I make a conscience effort to go out of my way to do something nice for someone else. How can you remain in a bad mood when you’re helping to make another person feel great? It’s impossible.

Turn to funny videos
Nothing pulls me from a bad mood like a funny video. YouTube is like a playground full of them. Laughing makes me happy. It never makes me feel bad. So, logic points me to YouTube on such mornings.

Sing your heart out
A bad mood just gets worse the more I think about it. My mind is like a runaway train when it gets stuck. The only way to get off that track and onto a better one for me is to change the frequency. I change it by putting on one of my favorite tunes and singing until I feel good. Doesn’t usually take more than a song or two.

Breathe deeply
When I used to suffer from panic attacks, I used a technique of tightening my muscles for five seconds and then releasing the tension. I’d do a few rotations of this technique until the feeling of panic subsided. I won back control over my body through this technique. When a bad mood strikes, I apply the same technique. Within a few rotations, I am back in control and replacing that foul mood with one that makes me feel a whole lot better.

Your turn. What’s your favorite way to boost a mood?

Wishing you the very best,

Suzie Carr, novelist

14 replies
  1. Dave
    Dave says:

    Hi Suzie, After keeping Bees for 23 + years weather permitting I go and do something with them, after watching them and there organised life my stress just evaporates, fascinating little creatures that we can learn a lot by. Would recommend everyone to have a go at Beekeeping at least once. Dave

  2. Isobel McCauley
    Isobel McCauley says:

    I rarely wake up in a bad mood. No, I am not a saintly person 🙂 It usually takes something or someone to put me in one 🙂 When I am, I usually find uncluttering of a wardrobe or cupboard does the trick and puts me back on balance…;-)

  3. BeniGee
    BeniGee says:

    Hi Suzie

    When I’m feeling in a bad mood, or particularly low I go for a walk along the beach. Fortunately I only live 2 minutes walk away from our local beach and it takes me just an hour and 20 minutes to walk from my flat along the beach to the local headland and then back along the harbour. I usually meet quite a few people when out walking to say hello to, as well as plenty of dogs 🙂 I quite often listen to an audio book as I’m going a long as well. So by the time I get back home I’m ready to take on the world again…LOL!

    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Hi Beni! Oh I am envious! What a beautiful gift the sea can be:) When I lived in Rhode Island, I used to walk along the beach most every weekend. If I had a problem plaguing me, I always found an answer by the time I finished my walk. The sea has a power!

  4. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    I have been known to write a daily gratitude list. I list all the things I can think of at the moment. Sometimes its things like Love and Health other time its things like clean water and washing machines. Looking at all the good things in life often overwhelms the difficult things. I watched a documentary once on how the brain works and was fascinated with the neural pathways. They are actually real pathways. the more you them the easier they are to travel. Negative thinking results in it being easier to think negatively more often. Same holds true for positive thinking. And I will admit I have been known to indulge in dark chocolate to boost my serotonin levels.

    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      I totally believe in the neural pathways. We can’t possibly think something positive and negative at exactly the same time. We have the power to choose positivity over negativity. That is so empowering!!!!

  5. Ange Drummer
    Ange Drummer says:

    I try to point out to myself what is positive in my life.
    I definitely have to try yours though! Cause mine is not always easy to do.

    Gosh I know the feeling mostly when I am in that bad mood and I take it on gf xD I feel so bad afterwards…

  6. Ange Drummer
    Ange Drummer says:

    I try to point out to myself what is positive in my life. I definitely have to try yours though because mine is not always easy to do.

    Gosh I know the feeling mostly when I take it on gf I feel so bad afterwards…


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