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Tips for Lifting a Negative Mood

Tips for Lifting a Negative Mood

If you find yourself feeling a bit down, follow these tips to help turn it around!

Everyone has good days and bad days. Negative emotions are just as common as positive ones. Changing circumstances, lack of sleep, sickness, working too much, and other stressors can easily put someone in a funk. If you find yourself feeling a bit down, follow these tips to help turn it around!

Talk to a Friend

Talking to another person, whether they are a friend, family member, significant other, or even a trusted coworker can help to lift a negative mood. It’s not enough to just text or email someone. Meet up for a coffee or a meal, or whatever you enjoy, and just talk. You don’t have to pour out your problems to the person. Just sitting and talking to another person can help you relax a little.

Make Some Plans

Give yourself a goal to look forward to. Schedule a manicure for tomorrow after work. Plan on strolling through your favorite shop. Work on a project. Find something that you can do that you can look forward to. The smallest things can make the biggest differences. No matter what it is, if there’s something you enjoy that you will look forward to, that anticipation can really help to lift a bad mood.

Treat Yourself

Self-care is crucial, especially if you’re feeling down. Lack of sleep has been linked to increased risks for high blood pressure, coronary disease, and many others, along with trouble concentrating, memory lapses, sluggishness, and increased risk of lashing out. Around 7 hours is a good place to aim. Eating better and exercising regularly can also help you regulate your sleep patterns. Doing something nice for yourself every once in a while isn’t selfish, it’s vital. If you can’t be nice to yourself, how do you expect anyone else to?

Change Up Your Routine

Sometimes, doing the same thing over and over again can cause negative moods. If you find yourself getting lost in your everyday routine, try changing it up a little bit. New things can be intimidating, but sometimes making the smallest change can make all the difference in the world. If you normally just shower before you go to bed, try showering in the morning. Take a different route to work. Take something new for lunch. Try a new flavor of toothpaste. Anything that breaks up the monotony of your regular routine can help you to shake your funk.

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