10 Ways to Boost Your Mood

Life can be a roller coaster ride with its ups and downs and sometimes it can be too much for us to handle. Here are some useful tips to improve your daily outlook.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017

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Content provided by the Good Samaritan Society.

We all face times in our lives when we feel overwhelmed by worry, uncertainty, loss or loneliness. Here are 10 suggestions for how to cope with life's ups and downs:

1. Take Time to Reflect and Pray

Prayer and meditation can provide opportunities for reflection, peace and connection with God and the world around you.

2. Be Grateful

Having a heart and mind of gratitude changes how we look at life. It can help us see the good, even in the midst of life’s challenges.

3. Laugh

Laughter is good for your immune system, mood and outlook on life. Laughter can remind you there is no situation so serious that God can’t lighten it with his love and grace.

4. Let Things Go

Letting go of the anger, grief and hurt weighing you down will help you discover peace with God, yourself and others.

5. Talk with Others

Having someone with whom you can “think out loud” provides support, encouragement and new perspectives.

6. Exercise

Staying active can release feel-good chemicals, boost your self-esteem and give you another reason to go outdoors or stay connected. Even low-impact activities like golf or tai chi are great ways to keep your body moving.

7. Get Plenty of Sleep

Let your body and mind recharge with a good night's rest. Establish a regular sleep routine and try to stick to it every night.

8. Try Something New

Play a new game. Join a new club. Read something new. Try new foods. Learn a new skill. New things can renew your sense of hopefulness.

9. Volunteer

Helping others can help you find a new sense of purpose. Volunteering offers the chance to form new relationships, where you may find support and encouragement.

10. Set Limits

An overextended schedule saps your energy. Take regular breaks, including vacations (or staycations).

If you're feeling drained, look for things to cut out from your weekly to-dos. Saying “no” at times can help you find an appropriate balance between helping others and helping yourself.

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