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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
Yoga
Fitness
Meditation

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.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

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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!