Did you ever have one of those days where nothing seems to be going right? You’ve been trying to turn your day around, but you can’t stop thinking of that stressful work meeting, an important project for school. Or, maybe you haven’t had enough time for yourself recently. Today, I’m sharing 10 ways to improve your mood in under 10 minutes, so you don’t have to worry about taking up a ton of your time.
1| Compliment Someone and Mean It
One of the easiest ways to reduce a little stress and improve your mood is by giving someone a genuine comment. Think about it: it makes you feel good when someone compliments you, so why not give an honest compliment to cheer someone else up? You’ll feel the happy affects just as much as the person you’re complimenting.
2| Watch a Funny YouTube Video
There are millions of quick, funny videos you can find. If all else fails, and you can’t find a video, type in: “Funny cat videos” or “funny dog videos,” and I’m sure you’ll find more than enough content to get you through 10 hours. Just remember not to get too carried away if you decide to watch a video on your break!
3| Call a Friend/Family Member
Call a friend or your mom for 10 minutes on your lunch break to have a chat and catch up on your day. I always talk to my mom and dad on my drive to work, and I find that I’m happy when I go into work because I’ve had connection with a loved one before I begin a long, stressful day.
4| Focus on Your Breath
If you want to remove any stress and improve your mood immediately, follow this breathing patterns: 1. Breathe in for four seconds 2. Hold your breath for seven seconds 3. Breathe out for eight seconds. Repeat this two or three times. You’ll naturally feel less stressed and your mood will improve with ease.
5| Set a Timer for 10 Minutes and Clean Something
Clean something in your home. Make sure you set a timer for 10 minutes, so you don’t get too involved with cleaning. Cleaning your space helps you cross of some tasks off your to-do list, so you’re not going to worry about it later. And, a clean space means a clean mind, which means an easy way to add a little bliss in your life in a short amount of time.
You can search a writing prompt online, or you can you write anything on your mind. Or, maybe you want to make a list of things you have to do for the week. Writing can help improve your mood especially if you’re writing about things that have been bothering you. Use it as stress-relieving method.
7| Take a Power Nap
One of the most underrated things you can do is to set a timer for 10 minutes and allow yourself time for a power nap. If you’re having a long, exhausting day, a quick nap can improve your mood and give you the energy you need to get through the rest of your day. Power naps were my go-to activity in college when I was on the go from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
8| Make/Play a Calming Playlist
Have a playlist on your phone or computer that you can play whenever you’re feeling upset, stressed, angry, etc. Compile a collection of songs that will lift you up and make you feel good. No matter what negative mood you’re feeling, you’ll be able to turn it around with your customized, blissful playlist.
9| Think of What You’re Thankful For
Better yet, write down the things you’re thankful for. Then, whenever you need a reminder to lift your spirits, you can reference all your blessings in life to put everything in perspective. We all can get lost by worrying about the little things, but the reality is—you need think big picture and not stress so much.
10| 10-Minute Workout
“Is a ten-minute work even worth it?!” YES, girl—it is! Whether you decide to stretch in your office for 10 minutes, or you throw together a work and easy workout in your dorm room to do before your next class, working out releases a happy-mood endorphin. Whatever type of day you’re having, your mood will improve immediately after a little workout.
What other tips do you use to help improve your mood? Make sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below!