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Boost Your Mood Naturally - MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Thursday Oct 03, 2019 by Tiffany Davis

11 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Mood 

Relaxation
Personal Growth
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When my schedule gets packed, and life is stressful, a heaviness comes over me and suddenly the world around me looks a little darker. In those times, making time to do something for me pulls me right out of my funk. Letʼs be honest, even the happiest person can sometimes use a “pick-me-up.”  There’s no such thing as being “too happy.”

Even if you aren’t in a funk, here’s a few fun ways to elevate your mood:

Send a handwritten note.

How often do you open your mailbox and get a handwritten note from someone you care about for no reason? Of course, during the holidays and birthdays, we get those sort of gifts, but I canʼt think of anything more uplifting than getting a note of love or gratitude on a random Tuesday. 

I am a mushy person to the core, so this activity brings me the utmost joy. Words of Affirmation are my love language. I love to tell people how I appreciate them in the form of words, and I feel most loved when I am told why a person is grateful for me or why they love me. Even if you arenʼt a mush like me, sending a handwritten note to someone who is on your mind is an awesome alternative to sending the traditional email or text. It will not only improve your mood when you write and send the note, but it will also shift your attention to feeling grateful. When your friend or loved one receives the note, they will feel amazing too—even if Words of Affirmation isnʼt their love language. You never know, it could come on a day that they need it most and there is no better way to boost your mood then by brightening someone elseʼs day.

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Send a handwritten note.

How often do you open your mailbox and get a handwritten note from someone you care about for no reason? Of course, during the holidays and birthdays, we get those sort of gifts, but I canʼt think of anything more uplifting than getting a note of love or gratitude on a random Tuesday. 

I am a mushy person to the core, so this activity brings me the utmost joy. Words of Affirmation are my love language. I love to tell people how I appreciate them in the form of words, and I feel most loved when I am told why a person is grateful for me or why they love me. Even if you arenʼt a mush like me, sending a handwritten note to someone who is on your mind is an awesome alternative to sending the traditional email or text. It will not only improve your mood when you write and send the note, but it will also shift your attention to feeling grateful. When your friend or loved one receives the note, they will feel amazing too—even if Words of Affirmation isnʼt their love language. You never know, it could come on a day that they need it most and there is no better way to boost your mood then by brightening someone elseʼs day.

Take a walk in nature.

This doesn’t have to mean taking a nature hike, walking on a beach, or finding the perfect meadow. Letʼs be realistic on this one–taking a walk in nature can simply be a walk around your neighborhood. Just remember to leave your cell phone at home. Get out and take in the sights, the sounds, and smells of your surroundings. Look at things with new eyes. You may see something you havenʼt noticed before. 

Just this week, in an effort to pull myself out of a post-vacation funk, I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood. I brought my dog, who forces me to slow down and smell the roses–or in her case, the tree that the previous dog peed on. We came upon a beautiful tree that had the most vibrant red autumn leaves falling from it. I live in Southern California, so this is a rare treat that I found to be a blessing. I stopped, picked up two of the leaves, and saved them. When I returned home, I felt a new sense of connection. To get out and breathe in the fresh air, hear the birds chirping, and see the wonders of nature was just the pick me up I needed. Try it out; even if you have to bundle up to walk around the block, I promise it will shift your mood and clear your mind.

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Take a walk in nature.

This doesn’t have to mean taking a nature hike, walking on a beach, or finding the perfect meadow. Letʼs be realistic on this one–taking a walk in nature can simply be a walk around your neighborhood. Just remember to leave your cell phone at home. Get out and take in the sights, the sounds, and smells of your surroundings. Look at things with new eyes. You may see something you havenʼt noticed before. 

Just this week, in an effort to pull myself out of a post-vacation funk, I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood. I brought my dog, who forces me to slow down and smell the roses–or in her case, the tree that the previous dog peed on. We came upon a beautiful tree that had the most vibrant red autumn leaves falling from it. I live in Southern California, so this is a rare treat that I found to be a blessing. I stopped, picked up two of the leaves, and saved them. When I returned home, I felt a new sense of connection. To get out and breathe in the fresh air, hear the birds chirping, and see the wonders of nature was just the pick me up I needed. Try it out; even if you have to bundle up to walk around the block, I promise it will shift your mood and clear your mind.

Help someone out.

We are all so caught up in our own little world most of the time. Whether it’s lending an ear to someone who needs to talk, doing a chore that your partner typically does, helping a friend find a job, or just giving a really good hug, it always feels good to get out of our heads and help someone else out for a change. Itʼs just like the old saying, “to give is to receive.” It is a win-win for everyone.

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Help someone out.

We are all so caught up in our own little world most of the time. Whether it’s lending an ear to someone who needs to talk, doing a chore that your partner typically does, helping a friend find a job, or just giving a really good hug, it always feels good to get out of our heads and help someone else out for a change. Itʼs just like the old saying, “to give is to receive.” It is a win-win for everyone.

Give a genuine compliment.

Iʼm not saying you should search to find something to compliment someone on, but when you see something compliment worthy, speak up. We are usually our own worst critics and often times when I offer up a compliment to someone, they instantly retort with something that makes it obvious that they donʼt see themselves in that way. One of the best compliments I have ever gotten is, “I wish you could see yourself through my eyes.” Wow, what an honor. That compliment made me realize that I often see myself in one way, which is way harsher than I would allow someone else to treat me. 

I am continuously amazed at how other people see me. You never know how you look in other people's eyes. You never know what kind of day a person is having, or how good or bad they feel. If they feel good, you will make them feel even better, and if they feel bad, it could change their whole outlook. Just make sure it is genuine, we are intuitive beings and can easily tell when someone is insincere.

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Give a genuine compliment.

Iʼm not saying you should search to find something to compliment someone on, but when you see something compliment worthy, speak up. We are usually our own worst critics and often times when I offer up a compliment to someone, they instantly retort with something that makes it obvious that they donʼt see themselves in that way. One of the best compliments I have ever gotten is, “I wish you could see yourself through my eyes.” Wow, what an honor. That compliment made me realize that I often see myself in one way, which is way harsher than I would allow someone else to treat me. 

I am continuously amazed at how other people see me. You never know how you look in other people's eyes. You never know what kind of day a person is having, or how good or bad they feel. If they feel good, you will make them feel even better, and if they feel bad, it could change their whole outlook. Just make sure it is genuine, we are intuitive beings and can easily tell when someone is insincere.

Cross something off your to-do list.

You know the list, the one that has one or two daunting items. The items on your list that make you feel like doing those things would be like the equivalent of having to run a marathon? I certainly have those lists. I get great satisfaction from crossing things off of lists, thatʼs just how I roll. But, there are always those couple of items that I put off because they are annoying little things I donʼt feel like doing.

It feels so good when I finally just bite the bullet and do it. The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that comes with crossing things off your “to-do” list acts as an instant “pick-me-up.” Even if it is something as little as putting gas in the car. Man, I really donʼt like putting gas in my car, but I do love crossing it off my list.

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Cross something off your to-do list.

You know the list, the one that has one or two daunting items. The items on your list that make you feel like doing those things would be like the equivalent of having to run a marathon? I certainly have those lists. I get great satisfaction from crossing things off of lists, thatʼs just how I roll. But, there are always those couple of items that I put off because they are annoying little things I donʼt feel like doing.

It feels so good when I finally just bite the bullet and do it. The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that comes with crossing things off your “to-do” list acts as an instant “pick-me-up.” Even if it is something as little as putting gas in the car. Man, I really donʼt like putting gas in my car, but I do love crossing it off my list.

Be grateful.

Make a mental list of all that you are grateful for. Ready? Go. It can be anything from how a cup of steaming hot tea warms your entire body, the way it feels to look up at the stars, or gazing at the perfect sunset. The way it feels to sit next to a crackling fire, enjoying a perfectly blended smoothie, or something as big as being lucky enough to have two legs to walk on and two lungs to breathe with. What are you thankful for? Think about it, revel in it. You will find that the littlest things, the biggest things, and everything in between that you have to be thankful for far outweigh lifeʼs daily struggles. Trust me; this is coming from a reformed “glass half empty” kinda gal.

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Be grateful.

Make a mental list of all that you are grateful for. Ready? Go. It can be anything from how a cup of steaming hot tea warms your entire body, the way it feels to look up at the stars, or gazing at the perfect sunset. The way it feels to sit next to a crackling fire, enjoying a perfectly blended smoothie, or something as big as being lucky enough to have two legs to walk on and two lungs to breathe with. What are you thankful for? Think about it, revel in it. You will find that the littlest things, the biggest things, and everything in between that you have to be thankful for far outweigh lifeʼs daily struggles. Trust me; this is coming from a reformed “glass half empty” kinda gal.

Sweat it out. 

Seems like a no brainer, but exercising can sometimes feel like the biggest task of all. Being active doesnʼt have to entail hours pumping iron at the gym, or endless miles on the treadmill. Take a yoga class, jog around your neighborhood, ride your bike, try a new booty kicking barre or sculpt class at your local studio or gym. Working out provides a proven natural high. By moving your body, you are working out all the stale, stagnant energy that lowers your vibration, mood, and motivation. Think of it like this; you will never feel worse after a workout.
 

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Sweat it out. 

Seems like a no brainer, but exercising can sometimes feel like the biggest task of all. Being active doesnʼt have to entail hours pumping iron at the gym, or endless miles on the treadmill. Take a yoga class, jog around your neighborhood, ride your bike, try a new booty kicking barre or sculpt class at your local studio or gym. Working out provides a proven natural high. By moving your body, you are working out all the stale, stagnant energy that lowers your vibration, mood, and motivation. Think of it like this; you will never feel worse after a workout.
 

Clean up.

By clearing out the clutter in your surroundings, you are literally, and metaphorically, making space in your life for new energy. Having clean, organized surroundings allows for more productivity, freedom, and clarity. You will feel the difference in both your mind and body. When your surroundings are out of order, what else is out of order in your life, and how is it slowing you down?

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Clean up.

By clearing out the clutter in your surroundings, you are literally, and metaphorically, making space in your life for new energy. Having clean, organized surroundings allows for more productivity, freedom, and clarity. You will feel the difference in both your mind and body. When your surroundings are out of order, what else is out of order in your life, and how is it slowing you down?

Get silly.

I donʼt know about you, but I tend to take myself and–life in general–way too seriously sometimes. When I let my inner child run free, and check my ego at the door, I feel a sense of joy that can only be explained through a smile that spans ear to ear and a laugh that sings freedom. My old boss taught me the best trick. He would always say, “sometimes you just need to wiggle it out.”

When you are feeling a little too “adult,” heavy, or are in a heated discussion with your partner; try it. Stop what you are doing and “wiggle it out.” Just let it all go, make noise, wiggle every part of your body until you canʼt possibly take anything too seriously. It lightens the mood in seconds flat, invites your inner child in to play, and changes the entire dynamic of whatever situation you are dealing with. So, go ahead, get silly– wiggle it out.

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Get silly.

I donʼt know about you, but I tend to take myself and–life in general–way too seriously sometimes. When I let my inner child run free, and check my ego at the door, I feel a sense of joy that can only be explained through a smile that spans ear to ear and a laugh that sings freedom. My old boss taught me the best trick. He would always say, “sometimes you just need to wiggle it out.”

When you are feeling a little too “adult,” heavy, or are in a heated discussion with your partner; try it. Stop what you are doing and “wiggle it out.” Just let it all go, make noise, wiggle every part of your body until you canʼt possibly take anything too seriously. It lightens the mood in seconds flat, invites your inner child in to play, and changes the entire dynamic of whatever situation you are dealing with. So, go ahead, get silly– wiggle it out.

Cuddle a furry friend.

If you donʼt have a pet, love on someone elseʼs pet. The love of a pet is pure and unconditional. They donʼt care if they know you or not, pets donʼt expect you to be a certain way, they donʼt have egos, they just love. Pets offer us some pretty valuable lessons as humans. Spend time enjoying a pet, observe them, cuddle with them, appreciate them, learn from them. Pets are a  mood elevator when you look at them as teachers who donʼt speak.
 

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Cuddle a furry friend.

If you donʼt have a pet, love on someone elseʼs pet. The love of a pet is pure and unconditional. They donʼt care if they know you or not, pets donʼt expect you to be a certain way, they donʼt have egos, they just love. Pets offer us some pretty valuable lessons as humans. Spend time enjoying a pet, observe them, cuddle with them, appreciate them, learn from them. Pets are a  mood elevator when you look at them as teachers who donʼt speak.
 

Spend time with good company. 

I always say, “my favorite place to be, is in good company.” There is nothing quite like a good conversation, or the presence of like-minded and light-hearted people to raise your energy. Energy is contagious, so make sure the energy you surround yourself with lights you up from the inside out.
 

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Spend time with good company. 

I always say, “my favorite place to be, is in good company.” There is nothing quite like a good conversation, or the presence of like-minded and light-hearted people to raise your energy. Energy is contagious, so make sure the energy you surround yourself with lights you up from the inside out.
 

Tiffany Davis - San Diego Marketing Manager
Written by
Tiffany Davis
San Diego Marketing Manager
About the author
A California girl with an East Coast heart, Tiffany is a mom to a 22-year-old son, a newlywed, music lover, and book worm. She moved to San Diego ten years ago chasing summer, and never looked back. She works with local San Diego fitness, wellness, and beauty businesses to create community, educate, and support them in the growth of their dreams. You can find her at all sorts of fitness classes and events all over San Diego.
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.