5 ways to improve your mood instantly

Your mood and mental health can affect a significant part of your life: from how you feel about yourself, to your relationships with others, and your physical health.

It is therefore important to look after your mental health, since it will allow you to feel happier and more satisfied.

If you work on improving your mood, you’ll soon discover that life doesn’t seem as difficult or challenging for you.

There are ways on how you can quickly improve your state of mind and feel more at ease in the moment.

Catch up with an old friend

You can instantly improve your mood by picking up the phone and calling an old friend.

It’ll be nice to hear a familiar voice and catch up with someone who you care about. Reminisce about old times and share details about what each of you is up to in your own lives.

You’ll likely find yourselves laughing and feeling relaxed after just a few short minutes of chatting. These types of conversations will bring back warm feelings and remind you of how important it is to nurture relationships.

There’s nothing better than getting in touch with an old friend and connecting with someone who knows you best.

Spend time outdoors

Another simple way on how you can boost your mood is to spend more time outdoors enjoying the nice weather.

Spending time in green spaces or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical well-being.

Thankfully, there are places in every corner of Southeast Asia that offer breathtaking sceneries, amazing exercise opportunities, and fun for people of all ages.

Meditate or perform yoga

Another way to instantly improve your mood is to do meditation or any type of yoga. Both of these activities are a great way to tap into your emotions and calm your mind from racing thoughts.

You can take a class with an instructor, or have it from the comfort of your own home using an app or videos online.

Take note of how much more relaxed and calm you feel after a meditation or yoga session, and that you’re simply in a better mood overall.

Break a sweat

When you exercise, you’re not only burning calories but reducing your mental stress at the same time.

Instantly improve your mood by committing to breaking a sweat on a regular basis and noticing what a difference a workout makes in boosting your confidence levels and emotional state.

This is especially important if you’ve had a rough day at work or are feeling drained or upset.

You can quickly turn your mood around by working out and listening to some of your favourite music while you’re at it.

If you’re feeling less motivated as time goes on, then find a friend who will commit to going to the gym with you. That way, you become consistent about doing a regular workout.

Practise gratitude

The act of practising gratitude has been known to increase happiness and make you feel more fulfilled in general.

Instantly improve your mood by being thankful for all the blessings you have in your life.

This way your mind will be less focused on what you think is missing, or what you don’t have and more on what positives are happening with your life.

Practising gratitude is a great way to start and end your day when you’re feeling down.

You’ll start to realise that perhaps your situation isn’t as bad as you once thought, and that there’s a lot to look forward to for you in the future.

You may get even more out of the act of practising gratitude if you keep a journal and write down exactly how you’re feeling.

Take away

These are just a few ways on how you can improve your mood and help lift your spirits. Be sure to take note of these and enjoy all the benefits that come from putting these ideas into action.

If you’re consistent about making positive choices and adjustments, you’re likely to find that you tend to be in a better mood most days and can easily reduce any negativities.

Practitioners and researchers in the fields of psychology, mental health and well-being will talk more on ways of improving mental health and well-being during the 2nd International Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Education (ICPCE 2019) to be held at Universiti Malaysia Sabah on Oct 30–Nov 2.

ICPCE 2019 is jointly organised by Psychreg, the International Society of Psychology, Counselling and Education (ISPCE), GetPsyched and Universiti Malaysia Sabah. Registration is still open.

Dennis Relojo-Howell is the world’s first blog psychologist and founder of Psychreg. As an international mental health advocate, he speaks at various conferences around the world and believes that everyone experiencing a mental health problem deserves both support and respect.