By Dannie De Novo
Dannie is an author, attorney, coach, entrepreneur and podcast host who loves horses, traveling and learning. Her book Get in a Good Mood & Stay There launched in 2018. To learn move visit: www.DannieDeNovo.com
As a personal development coach, I am often asked about ways to get into a good mood and stay there. I wish there was a quick and easy answer to this question. The truth is, finding and holding on to your good mood takes some work. But even assuming that you are doing what you need to do to set yourself up for sustained happiness, sometimes life shakes you and your mood starts to slide down that slippery slope of negativity.
It happens to all of us. Your mood is not a static entity that never changes. The trick is, once you feel that energy shift, to do what you need to do to rapidly counteract it and get back to your good mood.
Easier said than done at times, so I have put together 5 quick-fire ways to quickly climb back into your good mood.
1. Turn on the good mood tunes
I keep a playlist on my phone of good mood tunes. These are upbeat songs that, when I play them, only have positive feelings and meaning behind them. When I start to feel a little dip in my mood, I put in some earphones or blast the car speakers with good vibrations.
2. Move your butt
I have found that I can quickly counteract that energy slide with heart-pumping movement. Now, I get that a trip to the gym in the middle of the day might not be feasible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to get a little exercise. I have been known to get up from my desk and do jumping jacks or burpees. I have a friend who turns on her good mood tunes and dances crazily to them. Go for a quick walk. Run up a flight of stairs. Pick up heavy stuff and put it down. It really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you get your blood moving. That is enough to shift your energy and help you refocus on your day and your good mood.
3. Go outside
This is my go-to when I feel a little funk coming on. I go outside and get some fresh air. It doesn’t matter the weather or the time of day, if I can connect with nature, I feel better.
To me, there is no faster way to bring a smile to my face than to see blue skies and green grass. During winter, I will go outside and physically touch a tree. It sounds a little weird, I guess, but it is incredibly grounding. That reminder that I am part of something much bigger always puts me in a better mood.
Meditation reigns supreme in my world. Scientific research has shown that just by taking a few moments every day to check in and focus on clearing your mind of needless noise, you can reduce stress, anxiety and even depression. It is a drug-free, cost-effective and simple way to establish balance in your life and elevate your mood.
No matter where you are, you can take a minute or two, close your eyes and focus on your breath. (I am not ashamed to admit that I have pulled over on the side of the road at times.) Repeat a mantra in your head that helps you convert that negativity into a good mood again. You can pick anything that is positive like “I am love,” “I am strong,” “I am powerful,” or “I am beautiful.”
Turn your focus away from external influences and instead toward your inner self and the present moment. Your good mood loves living in the present.
5. Be grateful
Gratitude is feeling or showing appreciation toward someone or something. When you shift your thoughts to anything for which you are thankful and keep them there, it is impossible not to switch back on to the frequency of your good mood.
Keep a little notebook in your car or in your bag. When you feel a bad mood coming on, pull it out and force yourself to write a list of some things or people you love and are so thankful for having in your life. Feel the gratitude coming from your heart and on to the paper. Your mood will spike like lightening.
As time goes on and you learn more about yourself, you will find which tricks work the best for you. May you find and hold on to your good mood.