Our minds and bodies are connected, and I know whenever I start feeling fatigued and moody, most of the time I have not taken care of myself properly. I’m either drinking too much coffee, not having solid sleep, not working out, or not spending enough time connecting with my Spirit & beautifying my thoughts.
I feel disconnected with myself, less confident, and start arguing with my partner. If you can relate it’s time to pull the reins, reevaluate your wellness goals, and make small (but powerful) changes.
Boosting your mood doesn’t require you to book a weekend getaway to Paris, although we’d all love to, it’s not always within the budget. And truth be told, material things don’t always necessarily give us what we’re looking for. Sometimes we are looking for more meaningful ways to feel good that go beyond Chanel No. 5 perfume.
Here are my top 17 inexpensive ways to boost your mood that won’t cost a thing (or break the budget), and get you back to being that sweet and happy partner, again.
1. Get enough sleep
Each month and season may be different for you, so just go with the flow. Rest and rejuvenation is the ultimate self-care treat. Challenge yourself: for 3 nights in a row go to bed before 10 pm – by day 4 you will feel so much better.
2. Exercise in nature (and without your phone)
You don’t need to go to a gym to move your body. Take a walk or a hike in nature to just BE, unplug from the world and connect to Google within. Allow the trees to clear your energy.
3. Burn your favorite smelly candle
Take 5 mins to just stare at the light, settle into your body, and focus on your breaths. You have just meditated.
4. Make a playlist of songs that inspire you
Put aside 30mins one afternoon, pour yourself a glass of wine & select songs that you know will uplift you every time you listen to it. Give it a title that reads: Listen to on days that I need to boost my mood.
5. Make yourself your favorite beverage and be present
It may not seem like such a big deal, but pouring your tea (or coffee) in your prettiest mug can make such a difference. I absolutely adore Miranda Kerr’s Friendship Mug. Become aware of every sip you take, say an affirmation and/or prayer.
6. Look through travel magazines & start making a collage
Cut out magazines or create a Pinterest board of all the places you would love to visit, starting with the most achievable one & try to make things happen. Picture yourself having fun, exploring a different city, and visualize how that would feel. Like William Arthur Ward said, “If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”
7. Simply your life
Be a rebel. Empty your calendar. Cross off every non-urgent to-do off your list. Don’t check email for one day. Get off social media. We’ll miss you, but we’ll be still here with big smiles & warm hugs when you get back. Do you need to upgrade your car? Do you need to move to another city? Do you need that house? Question everything. Why are we needing all these things?
8. Wake up early and do mindset training
How many of us wake up in the morning with thoughts like, I have a beautiful life filled with happiness and love and I naturally attract great things into my life. I am truly blessed. Maybe you do? Or not. Set your timer for 5mins to rewire your brain to think that you’re magnificent and worthy of great love and a beautiful life.
9. Indulge in some raw chocolate
Get rid of the processed crap & indulge in some raw chocolate – the kind that releases endorphins into your system and makes you feel happy! Here’s a quick, simple & yummy recipe for you: 1 cup almond meal; 1⁄4 cup dried cherries; 1⁄4 cup raw cacao powder; 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted); 3 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup, coconut flakes (optional, to roll balls in). Combine all ingredients in a bowl and blend. Voila!
10. Reach out to someone and tell them how much they mean to you
“If you had one hour to live and could make just one phone call, who would you call? What would you say? Why are you waiting?”
11. Write a love letter
Be inspired by #moreloveletters and leave pockets of love in your community or city. Spreading love always makes you feel better.
12. It’s okay to say NO
“Do you have to? Do you need to? Do you really want to go to that party? Maybe you just want to Netflix & chill. And maybe you should.
13. Have some guilt-free fun time
Set your timer for 20mins to do whatever you wish to do but no work is allowed, and that includes reading any self-help book to try & improve yourself. Take a breather from all that and instead, read a romance novel or sit in a chair & do absolutely nothing!
14. Write a letter from your future-self
Visualize your ideal future-self, this woman is happy and has the love & life of her dreams. If she could give your current self some guidance, what would she tell you? Keep the guidance in your Filofax.
If you are in no mood to laugh, just head to YouTube & watch clips of your favourite comedian. Please watch my fav, Sebastian Maniscalco.
16. Reach out to someone to see if they need a listening ear
Almost every time I get out of my own way and be of service to someone, I leave feeling so much better. Go and visit someone just because, and you might be surprised that they needed emotional support.
17. Make the choice to boost your mood
Life will never be perfect, there will always be something, but we do have the choice to turn a bad mood around. “Today is not over yet.” And as Alice Morse Earle said “Every day may not be good…but there’s something good in every day.” This is a great reminder to be intentional at finding and creating a sparkle in your day.
Give yourself permission to boost your mood because your happiness has a powerful healing effect to yourself and everyone around you.
Use my suggestions, or create your own list. Remember, you have the power to turn this day around. Please don’t stay here for too long. Know that there’s help & you WILL get through this.
You’ve got this!
What are you going to do first off of this list? Share below. I would love to know!