Five Habits to Boost Your Mood
July 30, 2021 | Liz Pollock

Are you having a bad day? Are you looking for ways to improve your mood immediately? Don’t worry; we have got you covered.  

Mood boosters can be instrumental for your overall health and well-being. Your mood can significantly influence your mental and physical health. Also, they can help you deal with mood swings if that is something that you struggle with.

Fortunately, when it comes to your mood, tiny, achievable improvements can make a tremendous difference. The health professionals at Integra Health have consolidated a list of five habits that you can implement today to boost your mood. Read on to learn more. 

Movement

The human body was designed to move. Even gentle exercise causes the release of feel-good hormones called ‘endorphins’ which can improve your mood and lessen psychological stress. 

Exercise has been proven to improve overall health. It not only keeps you physically healthy, but it also helps you to feel more positive. Therefore, whenever you’re feeling stressed or worried, opting for something like a quick walk can help you calm down and increase happiness.

Start a Gratitude Journal

A gratitude journal is a valuable tool for organizing your thoughts and feelings. It doesn’t have to 

be fancy, nor does it require a significant time commitment. 

Regardless of your journal of choice, it is essential to set aside a few minutes each day to reflect on your feelings. A simple notepad, where you can simply jot down three things you’re grateful for each day, can drastically improve your mood. You’ll feel much better right away, and the practice can be invaluable to your long-term mental health. 

Do Something Good for Others

Make it a habit to do something good for someone else every day. It doesn’t have to be anything major, it could be as simple as paying for someone’s coffee. Now that is a mood booster!

Alternatively, you can try to volunteer for a charity that you care about. Whichever path you choose, it is essential to remember that showing love and affection for others can bring joy and happiness to everyone involved. It is a simple, yet powerful way to elevate your mental state. 

Work on a Passion Project

A passion project is anything you work on, typically outside your chosen career path, that brings you joy, pleasure, and a sense of fulfillment. Having a passion project can provide you with a sense of purpose and something to look forward to and achieve. 

However, while choosing a passion project, it is vital to start slowly. You should take into account the time available to you and the expected workload at work. Additionally, setting realistic goals can also help prevent burnout. 

Spend Time With Friends

Spending time with friends is a quick, sure-fire way to elevate your mood and feel better. Research has shown that individuals who have a positive social bond with their friends, family, and community tend to be happier and live longer.

Generally, in life, it is a good practice to spend a significant portion of your time with people you enjoy being with. It can dramatically improve your well-being. 

Looking for More Ways to Feel Better?

The journey to improving your mental health is an ongoing journey. Luckily, we are here to guide you every step of the way. Whether you are looking for a registered therapist or searching for other simple mood boosters, we have got you covered. 

Please call (416) 777-9355 or visit our website to book an appointment today.