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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 

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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.
breast cancer awareness month
Fitness
Published Tuesday Sep 27, 2022 by Bree Lewis

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—Here’s How You Can Make a Difference

Approximately 12,000 women aged 40 or younger are diagnosed with breast cancer every year*. Fortunately, there are preventative steps that we can take to help protect ourselves and each other—one of the best ones being exercise. That’s right. Not only does exercise help us release endorphins, but just 30 minutes of exercise three to four times per week can help decrease a person’s risk of developing breast cancer by 30–50%*.

This is hope in a statistic. Just by adopting a more healthy, active lifestyle, we could prevent the risk of developing breast cancer, while also inspiring others to reduce their risk as well. Keep A Breast Foundation has made doing just this their mission through their annual fundraising campaign, Fit 4 Prevention.

Every October, studios from all over the globe participate by raising money through donation-based workout classes for the Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB). They have created a national movement dedicated to educating others about breast cancer prevention through fitness and wellness—something Mindbody is extremely passionate about. Participating in your favorite activities, all while supporting, preventing, and spreading awareness about breast cancer awareness? Let’s get moving.

Encourage your favorite studio to sign up for the event

If you want to take a donation-based class at your favorite studio, encourage your favorite studios to sign up to bring your community closer together in a meaningful way. Registering is quick and easy. If you think your local studio may be interested in participating, have them check out KAB’s help pagewhere they can learn how to register for a donation-based class during the month of October. KAB even has a social media kit available to fitness studios to help them promote their donation-based classes.  

Other ways to help

Can’t find a local studio to take a donation-based class near you? Don’t worry, you can still give your support by donating directly to KAB’s website. Luckily, any time that you are moving your body and spreading the word—you’re doing your part in spreading awareness on how to help prevent breast cancer. That is beyond amazing.

This October, we hope you’ll join us in our plight to support the KAB Foundation and its mission to help prevent breast cancer through cultivating a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through movement, health, and wellness—we can reach great heights, together.

To learn more about the KAB Foundation and its mission and how you can get involved further, visit their website.

* National Cancer Institute

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!