Some days it’s natural to feel down or have a case of the blues. It can be because of a big thing or a small thing. This article will focus on how to resolve the little stuff. By doing these things regularly, you will be better able to deal with things as they come up.
What Is Emotional Mastery?
Up until very recently, I believed that emotional mastery was the ability not to feel bad emotions. When things got more and more difficult, I would use more energy on trying to avoid all the scary and shameful thoughts.
This caused serious emotional problems.
I now believe that true emotional mastery is the ability to embrace the emotions that come up. There are no bad emotions. Every emotion has a value if you let it.
This could become a long esoteric conversation about the meaning of life, but that’s not my intention today. If you are interested in a more in-depth article or discussion about true emotional mastery, write it in the comments below.
In this article, we will focus on how to deal with speed bumps, cloudy days and when you feel a little bit stressed out or overwhelmed.
But before we go on, if you are currently struggling with anxiety or depression, then these tips might help ease some of the pain, but it will not resolve your problems. Don’t try to fix it on your own. Seek out professional help.
5 Ways You Can Improve Your Mood Instantly
This list is not only for when you’re feeling the Monday blues or when you feel a bit stuck. I encourage you do them regardless of your circumstances.
#1 – Breath Deeply
One of the best things you can do to improve your mood is breathing. It signals to your body that the surroundings are safe. You will feel calmer, and your stress level will go down.
Breathing deeply is not complicated, but you need to do it consciously. Focus on breathing calmly with your belly.
Here is a couple of breathing techniques you can try out:
Breathing technique 1: 5-5-5 breathing
Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, breathe out for 5 seconds.
Repeat 10 times.
Breathing technique 2: Box breathing
This is almost the same as the first technique. The only difference is that you hold for 5 seconds after breathing out.
Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, breathe out for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds.
Repeat 10 times.
#2 – Move
Some believe that we should move more, and if you’re reading this, I think you believe so too. I could say you should exercise more, but I’m not going too, as exercise is not as important as the simple act of moving.
Movement is more important than exercising.
Let me explain. If you sleep for 8 hours, a 1-hour workout will only amount to 6% of your waking hours.
I believe the quantity and the variety of the movements you do the other 94% of the day will have the most impact on your health and mood.
It activates the body in many ways we don’t even fully understand yet.
Start looking for opportunities to move.
- Park further away from the entrance to the grocery store than you normally would
- Find ways to make your work station more dynamic, like different styles of sitting and standing
- Take a walk where you have not walked before
- Walk in different tempo than you usually do
- Walk in different shoes than you typically do
Get your blood circulation and lymphatic system going. What I’m trying to say is, MOVE!
#3 – Go Outside
Sometimes the best solution to any problem is to go outside. Being constantly exposed to artificial lights from your computer and from home and office lights can drain you for energy.
Going outside getting sunlight and fresh air is all you need to feel a little bit better.
Combine going outside and taking a walk, and you will get in both movement and natural light.
#4 – Make Sure You’re Not Hungry (Hangry)
If we’re feeling low, it’s a good chance that you are low on something. Maybe you’re not adequately hydrated, low on nutrients or low on energy.
Drink a glass of water and eat a little bit. Maybe you only need to snack on some vegetables or a handful of nuts.
#5 – Gratitude
Perhaps you’re feeling low because you’re stuck in a negative thought pattern. The best way that I know how to deal with that is with gratitude.
In my experience, it’s impossible to be grateful and sad, angry or frustrated at the same time.
So to break out of that negative mood pattern, start thinking about the things in life that you’re grateful for. Find three things in your immediate surroundings that you’re grateful for and start focusing on that.
It might be as simple as that.
What are your favorite ways to increase your mood? Comment below.