Try these 4 mood boosting activities when you are feeling down

In life, there will be many difficult times.

There will be times when you won’t make enough money to pay rent. There will be times when you just want to give up because you feel like you’re not cut out to be awesome. There will be times when you just feel lost and unmotivated. There will be times when you just feel down.

I have felt all these things. I still do feel them from time to time. See, I’m not a successful blogger or business owner. I have been blogging for the past 7 or 8 years, and have not been able to make an income from it. Matter fact, I recently just found out what my voice is and what type of material I should be writing. As for my business, I have had more success with that. But I’m still nowhere near where I want to be. I still doubt the business’ potential and wonder if it can support me financially in the future.

These are all things that run through my mind (and I’m sure they run through yours as well). And the thing is, I don’t think I’ll ever stop worrying about this stuff. But after many years of losing hair and stressing out, I have found some activities that have helped me alleviate the tension and boost my mood.

1) Read inspirational books

Reading inspirational books not only help motivate you, but it also reduces stress. Studies have shown that reading can reduce stress levels by 68 percent. According to cognitive neuropsychologist Dr. David Lewis, reading helps you escape your daily life.

"It really doesn't matter what book you read, by losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring the domain of the author's imagination.”

What I like to read is Zen Pencils. These comics are inspirational quotes and poems that are adapted into comic strips. I like to read these because it gives me a nice, positive boost to my mood and they are easy to read. It doesn’t take up much time to read either (I’m a slow reader), and the illustrations are fun to look at. But you can read any inspirational book and it’ll have the same effect.

2) Watch something funny before bed

I found that I was much more anxious and stressed out when I watched shows that were dark or sad before bed. I don’t know why, but I wouldn’t be as uppity and goofy as I normally would be. So when I found out what this genre was doing to me psychologically, I stopped watching them so much and started to watch more comedies or videos that made me laugh.

I find that watching sitcoms, like Friends or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, or cartoons, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Adventure Time, made have more positive thoughts when I settled in to go to bed. It also helped me escape the worries of my daily life.

And according to studies, funny videos actually help boost your creativity, so that’s a plus.

3) Get outside and exercise

This is an obvious one. If you are feeling depressed or are down, and want to feel better, one of the best ways to do so is to get some sunlight and move your body.

And I know it can be hard sometimes to get up and moving when you are feeling down. But many studies have shown that exercise is one of the best medicines for curing anxiety, stress, and depression.

In the spring and summertime, I like to mow the lawn and play outdoor basketball. These two activities help me take my mind off of work and forces me to focus on something else, such as mowing every inch of the lawn or making a basket. I also like to skateboard or go for runs.

In the winter or in colder seasons, I shovel the snow or go for walks, if it’s not too cold out. I also play indoor basketball and do circuit training.

But it doesn’t matter what you do. As long as you get your body moving and get outside, the stress will diminish and you will feel better.

4) Be grateful

Being grateful for all that you have is a powerful thing. Just by switching your mindset to being happy for what you have will reduce your stress.

Sometimes, when I am feeling stressed out or anxious, I force myself to find things about my life that I am grateful for. It could be my family or friends, or it could be that I even have an income. Try to find something positive in your life and be grateful for it and your stress will weaken.

You can also make a list of 5 to 10 things that you are grateful for before you hit the hay or before you start your day as well. Many successful people, such as Tim Ferriss and Pat Flynn, do this as part of their morning ritual.

When you are not feeling great mentally, try these four activities. They have worked for me and I am sure they will increase your positivity and boost your mood.

So what are you waiting for? Get at it and be happy!

P.S. Which activity (or activities) do you think you will do to boost your mood? Share it below in the comments.

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