Updated: Oct 6
We all have beautiful lives, and yet we have days when we feel like crap. Some days are better than others. And some days are so crappy that it's hard to remember that things will turn around and we'll ever feel better. Just remember, all the great days and all the challenging days are temporary.
I acknowledge that I don't know the exact problems you are dealing with, and I can't fix or solve them. But, I can help you shift your mood. So, in today's episode of Apothecary Wisdom, I will share 25 simple tools that you can use immediately to improve your mood and shift your perspective to a more positive one.
Some suggestions start to work in less than a minute, while others may take a little longer. All of them are doable.
Whether you are feeling overwhelmed with work, stressed about money, having relationship problems, stuck at home with postpartum depression, or any number of reasons that makes you feel down in the dumps, there is something on this list that will help you feel better and shift your awareness to a more expanded state of being.
25 Simple Ways to Improve Your Mood
1-Eat Chocolate: We all know chocolate is good for us and can make us feel happy!
2-Smell Essential Oils: Anoint yourself with a few drops of essential oils on your wrist, palms, heart, womb, soles of your feet, and crown.
Rosewater is holy, Grapefruit and Orange are uplifting, Peppermint is invigorating, and Lavender is calming and relaxing.
3- Shake Your Body and Bounce Up and Down: This is a quick Qigong trick. Bounce up and down, shaking your arms, legs, butt, and back. Shake, dance, and move your whole body wildly. Bonus points if you look absolutely silly! This movement helps energize you and opens up space for something beautiful in your life. If you need more physical movement, do jumping jacks, skip rope, Try it with me.
4-Pound your Chest and Tap Your Head: Lots of research shows that pounding on our bodies and tapping specific spots helps us move through lingering emotions and unhealthy habits more quickly. Look into The Emotional Freedom Technique EFT or Tapping to learn how to do this. In the meantime, in Qigong, we tap our heads and pound our bodies. When tapping your head, move from the middle to the sides and from the front to the back.
5- Make Sounds: Everything is vibration and frequency. Making sounds helps release the stored up emotion that is trapped in your body. In Qigong, each organ has an emotion and a sound. If we want to shift our mood to one of happiness and joy, then we need to make the heart sound, which is HE. Sure, you can make soft HE sounds as you exhale. Or you can make funny goofy HE sounds like I do. This is actually one of my favorite ways to start smiling. The HE sound is the sound that monkeys make. The louder and sillier, the better!
6- Smile and Laugh: Fake it if you have to! But Laughter Therapy is a highly effective and enjoyable way to release endorphins! Watch slapstick comedy, America's Funniest Home Videos, or cute baby animal videos. I posted a panda video this week. Literally, I watched like 3 times, and it totally shifted my mood. There are some videos with mamma sea otters and their babies OMG, a total dose of oxytocin!
7- Surround Yourself With Color: Again, everything is frequency and vibration so are colors. Red can fire you up, piss you off, or turn you on. Yellows, Oranges can lift and brighten your mood. Blues and Greens soften your mood and create a calm, peaceful atmosphere.
8- Decorate Your Space: Fill your home, vehicle, and workspace with beautiful colors, smells, and sounds. Bring in fresh flowers, place up art, decorate with stones, plants, fountains, chimes, and good lighting!
9- De-Clutter: A cluttered space activates an overwhelmed mind. Clearing your desk or kitchen table can do wonders for your mood, and it only takes a few minutes.
10- Light a Candle an Incense, or Burn Sacred Herbs: Light small tea light candles or the cool ones with Mother Mary on them or Chakra candles. Incense and herbs are great triggers that put your mind immediately into a sacred and meditative space. Burn sage or cedar to clear your space from negativity and toxic thoughts. Burn sweetgrass to invite goodness and positivity to your space. There are so many other wonderful herbs and resins to burn like copal, palo santo, frankincense, and myrrh.
11-Get Present: Being fully present in the current situation, even if it is a less than ideal circumstance, helps you stay grounded and see life in its wholeness for what it is at that moment. Sometimes when our minds wander, we have beautiful daydreams that are our souls calling us to remember our wildness. Other times, our mind wanders and takes us to imaginary places that put us in a terrible mood. We get emotionally upset about conversations and situations that never happened and never will happen.
Tips To Get Present:
1- Remember, you are where your feet are. In contrast, you are not where your head just was. Stomp your feet on the ground and feel your feet connected to the floor, connected to the earth, and say I'm right here, right where my feet are.
2- Take several long slow deep breaths down to your belly- Allow yourself to soften and relax.
3- Look around your environment- Look in front of you, behind you, to the left and right. Look above and below you.
4- Engage Your Senses- What can you see, smell, taste, touch, and hear?
5- Find 5 beautiful things that you are thankful for. It is really hard to be too upset in the midst of beauty and gratitude.
If you like to be guided, I have two things for you:
2 - You are invited to join our Qigong sessions every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am Central time. Via zoom. No experience is necessary. Your first session is FREE! That should improve your mood :)