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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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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

Expert Advice
Wellness
Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
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.