Welcome back to my blog! I haven’t hosted a guest post in a while so this is exciting. I’m really happy to have B back on my blog, she previously guest posted for me which you can read here. I’m always open to having other bloggers post, so feel free to email me if you have an idea. Without further ado, here is ‘5 simple things that boost my mood instantly’.
With the pandemic era continuing on in the new year, I’ll be honest – my mood has been in jeopardy. In some ways, I also blame the winter blues – which is why I’ve left my Christmas tree up with just lights through the entire month of January. I’ve been listening to podcasts throughout the day as I write and run errands. One podcast I recommend is Mood by Lauren Elizabeth. If you are unfamiliar, Mood is a mental health podcast that breaks the stigmas of mental illnesses. One of my favourite segments on her podcast is when she shares her best & worst moods of the month and then combats them with her go-to mood boosters. This has inspired me to find my own personal mood boosters in my life and I wanted to share them with you.
Here are 5 Simple Things That Boost My Mood Instantly
Walking aimlessly through Target
I’m not here to condone retail therapy per se, because as a practising minimalist, I try to be very intentional with my purchases. But sometimes it’s just one of those days and the act of leaving the house, pushing an obnoxiously red-coloured cart around – going from aisle to aisle just brings me intense joy. Sometimes I’ll purchase a few things while other times I don’t. Window shopping boosts my mood & my wallet as well.
Hit Up The Starbucks or Dunkin Drivethru
Sure – I could easily make a tea or warm beverage at home from my lovely Keurig. But sometimes, an overpriced drink from Starbucks or Dunkin just hits different. On days where there’s not much going on, I feel a little bit more productive when I leave the house for a tasty treat.
A Phone Call From a Loved One
Whenever I’m feeling down or just downright bored, I’ll usually give my mom a call or facetime a close friend. Texting can be ok especially when you are busy, but sometimes an actual phone call where you hear the person’s voice is far better. Now that I don’t live with my parents, I appreciate phone calls, like these, a lot more. And to the friends who live out of state that I see maybe twice a year, phone or facetime calls helps maintain our friendships.
Finding Something Funny to Watch
Another thing that gives my mood a boost is finding something funny to watch. Whether it’s laying in bed and scrolling through Tik Toks or watching some comedian or funny show on Netflix, sometimes all we need is a good laugh. Especially during this wedding planning phase, I’ve made sure to end the evenings by watching some animated show or sitcom like Friends. This form of self-care is greatly underrated and has helped me immensely on my most stressful days.
Spending Time With A Loved One
Now that the world is opening up more & we are slowly getting used to this new normal – I’ve been trying to make time to see friends & family more often this year [ safely of course]. Whether it’s having a date night with my fiance, getting lunch with my family or shopping / getting out with a friend – growing such relationships is so important for our wellbeing. As an intentional person, I make sure the relationships I choose to maintain are worth my energy as well. Anyone who isn’t is quickly ditched.
I’d like to thank Caroline for allowing me to guest post on her blog today. And I hope my post has sparked the inspiration for you to discover your own mood boosters. If you are interested in intentional living, decluttering & self-growth topics such as this, I’d love it if you’d check out my blog, Mind Beauty Simplicity.