Feeling moody this Monday? Sometimes moods are hard to shake. They can linger like fog and make it hard to see your way. Use this Monday to pivot towards the positive. Here are four unique ways to let the sun shine through.
Do you like reggae, rock n’ roll, classical, jazz? Listening to music can reduce your stress and anxiety, help inspire you to get moving, and start you on the right foot with a good mood for the rest of the day. So, imagine your living room is a concert stage, put on your favorite song, and play some air guitar to feel good this Monday.
Have you ever lost track of time reading a great story or book? Becoming completely absorbed? It’s what noted psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls getting in the flow or creating an “optimal experience,” a feeling of deep enjoyment and contentment. Reading and writing can lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels. If you’re feeling moody this Monday, pick up a noteworthy biography, memoir, or novel and step into someone else’s shoes for a little while to get in the flow.
Saying “Thank you!” can turn a frown upside down! Harvard Health says studies show, “Expressing thanks may be one of the simplest ways to feel better,” Being grateful can instantly make you feel optimistic, less self-absorbed, and more relaxed. Here are a few ways to put you in a good mood this Monday: Write a thank you note, thank someone mentally, write a gratitude list (here’s how with a step-by-step list), and count your blessings. Thank you!
This week make laughter a part of your Monday refresh! Laughter is the universal language of joy. It’s contagious and makes you, and those around you, feel good. It has a similar effect on the brain as antidepressants and releases powerful endorphins. Here are some ways to get laughing this Monday: Find some silly YouTube pet videos, watch a comedy or romantic comedy movie or funny sitcom on TV, read a funny book, or share funny stories with your family and friends. Start Monday with a laugh!
Ready to get started? Watch some of the videos that scientists use when they need to make people laugh.