If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and are struggling to find your usual zest for life, you may be looking for a few quick ways to turn your mood around and get you loving life again. To give you a helping hand, here are 8 simple things you could do to put some extra pep back in your step.
1. Learn something new
Whether it’s doing an art or cooking class, reading a how-to book or getting some salsa dancing lessons, learning a new skill can be a quick and easy way to give your brain power a boost, fight boredom and become a generally more interesting person.
2. Get your body moving
We’ve heard it time and time again because it’s the truth—exercise is a proven way to improve your mood, concentration and self-confidence. Instead of following your usual evening routine which likely consists of watching TV or internet surfing while sedentary on your couch, try doing a little exercise instead. Even if you’re not the type to sweat it out at the gym, going for a short walk or trying an online yoga class from the comfort of your lounge room can do a world of good for your mood.
3. Overhaul your diet
You are what you eat and if you have a high-calorie, high-fat diet, chances are it’s contributing to your poor mood more than you know. Try following these 5 tips for eating healthy to see the benefits a change to your diet can make!
4. Give yourself a mini-makeover
If you’ve been feeling a little frumpy of late, why not give yourself a mini-makeover? Whether it involves a new hair-do, bold outfit or striking pair of shoes, giving yourself a fresh new look can be a great mood-booster.
5. Look at a change in career direction
While this is a somewhat major approach, if you’re struggling to find the motivation to head into work each day, consider if you may need to reassess your career direction. If you do need a change, it may be easier than you think. Whether it’s doing a personal training course, training as a beauty therapist or getting into the hospitality industry, a career change could be just what you need.
6. Book out some me-time
We’re all busier than ever these days and the time we dedicate to ourselves is often the first thing to go as soon as we find ourselves strapped for time. Instead of sacrificing your much-needed me-time, try booking out a weekly time in your diary in advance and treat it same way you would a business meeting—non-negotiable.
Whether you decide to use it to exercise, get a massage, read a book, take a long bath, catch up with a friend or give yourself a manicure, having some dedicated time-out can provide some welcome relief from your busy schedule.
7. Get some more zzz’s in
Aside from the obvious impact on your mood, sleep deprivation can also pose issues relating to memory retention, concentration, high blood pressure, weight gain and a weakened immunity among other things. Depending on your age group, most of us should aim to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, so make sure you’re getting enough in to boost your mood and operate at your optimum.
8. Become a ‘yes’ person
Whenever anyone invites you to join in on a new experience you would typically say no to, try saying yes instead. I’m not saying you have to become Jim Carrey in the movie Yes Man, but the general concept is a winner. By adopting the ‘yes’ mentality, you’ll ensure you always remain open to new ideas and experiences, which is a sure-fire way to breathe some extra positivity into your life and fight the monotony of your everyday routine.