Everyone feels down sometimes. But, you can boost your mood with easy, actionable skills.
When we are aware of our negative mood, we can work to get our mojo back.
Here are three tips:
Benson’s technique (aka body scanning)
This is a mindfulness practice connecting with the body's sensations. You simply sit or lie in a comfortable position and slowly bring awareness to each part of your body, starting at your feet and working your way up. If your mind starts to drift, bring it back. This technique has been shown to lower anxiety and improved mood. I’ve used it since I was a kid (thanks Mom!) to help me fall asleep and it really brings attention to areas where I am holding tension so I can let that $#!t go!
If you’re feeling down, write what you’re grateful for. Studies have shown that this can really give you a boost. Don’t make it perfect…it’s just for you and no one else. Focus on the positives in your life.
Focus on what you can control
Don’t let things outside of your control alter your mood. Take stock of the things you can control (within yourself and your environment), focus on those and take action. Let go of the rest.
The key to an improved mood is awareness, so don’t push your feelings under the carpet.Cheers feeling great!