6 Shush your ‘not good enough’ voice
Low moods can happen when we convince ourselves we’re ‘less than’ – especially when comparing ourselves to others. Silence this mean little voice. You are enough, you do have enough, you are beautiful enough. Run your own race and remember, comparison is a lying, good-for-nothing thief of joy.
7 Forty-plus and laughing!
Nothing lifts the spirit like a good belly laugh, enough to pee your pants. Just make sure you’ve got yourself covered (you know what we mean). Tune in to your favourite comedy radio station, podcast or TV show. Up the ante by scheduling a night out with your mates at a local comedy club. And if it takes YouTubing cat videos for 10 minutes on your lunch break, then don’t feel guilty for a second.
8 Eat the (dark) chocolate!
How can you be in a crummy mood while savouring a melty mouthful of delectability? Lift your blues with a square or two of your favourite dark chocolate treat. It’ll satisfy those sweet cravings and give you a healthy antioxidant fix at the same time.
9 Fill a vase
A Harvard University study found that people who keep cut flowers in their homes feel happier, more energised and less anxious.
10 Practise kindness in the face of bad behaviour
It’s a fact of life: people can behave poorly. Maybe they’re short tempered, cut you off in traffic, push in front at the supermarket or don’t say thank you. Reframe your annoyance by reminding yourself you don’t know their story. Their need might be greater than yours today. Even if it isn’t true, thinking so will help you.
11 Lend a helping hand
When was the last time you went to the aid of a friend or family member or even a total stranger? Responding to the needs of others with compassion can take you out of a negative headspace.
12 Embrace gratitude and optimism
Celebrate the good in your life, from the tiniest things to the biggest deals, by starting a daily gratitude journal or photo log. Or just list the good things to yourself before you go to bed or when you wake. Visit 365grateful.com for lovely inspiration.
13 Breathe, meditate, find the closest escape hatch
The old ‘take a deep breath and count to 10’ method really does work to reduce frustration in a challenging moment. If you can’t completely remove yourself from a mood-blackening situation, a few minutes behind a locked bathroom door works too.
14 Splurge on a life experience
Those Louboutin heels may be stunning, but there’s nothing like a priceless life experience for creating memories you’ll cherish forever. When you’re tempted to buy your way out of a mood, busy yourself with planning a special event or holiday instead.
15 Check your levels
A range of important nutrients have a powerful effect on mood – you may be running low on vitamin D or magnesium, for instance. A simple blood test with your healthcare professional could have you back on happy street in no time, so speak up and don’t be afraid to seek help.