New Mexico is going on week 4 of lockdowns and if we’re being honest? For a lot of people, it isn’t getting any easier. With a global pandemic, it’s not easy to be in the best mood.
We wanted to remind you that it’s perfectly okay to not be okay during these chaotic times. It is important to remember that what we typically call productivity is going to look different under social distancing restrictions. Everyone is handling this pandemic differently. Take some time, relax as best you can, and check out these five ways to boost your mood!
5 MOOD BOOSTERS
When you smile to yourself it signals your body to feel happy because your body says, “Well if I’m smiling, I MUST be happy right?” then it adjusts accordingly. Not good at faking it ‘till you make it? Netflix and YouTube have a ton of standup comedy sets that will make you crack up. Laughter, as they say, is the best medicine.
Deep Clean and Reorganize
A great way to boost your mood is to organize your home. Marie Kondo became famous because her method of decluttering helps people find joy. You don’t have to be a minimalist, but getting rid of clutter and things that no longer serve you can help relieve some stress. More clutter = more stress. If you’re already super tidy, wipe down your services, do laundry, or rearrange your furniture to give your space a refreshed look.
Take a walk outside and be truly present in the moment. Being in nature helps you feel more grounded, so listen to the birds sing, take off your shoes and walk in the grass, and allow yourself to pick up on scents. By being present, you may notice something new about your surroundings.
We know you’re sick of hearing it. Nobody wants to be told to go workout but it’s true that working out boosts your mood. It doesn’t have to be intense. You just need to move your body and get your heart rate up. Kill two birds with one stone and enjoy nature while you exercise!
Talk to a Friend
Connect with an open-minded friend willing to listen. Take some time to vent about what is bothering you and then catch up with your friend. Sometimes just talking through your situation can put things into perspective. Before you vent, make sure to double-check that they are in the right headspace to listen and be there for you!
We understand that this entire ordeal is incredibly frustrating and although you may not feel like using any of our tips above, we challenge you to try. You never know, you might surprise yourself!
When A Bad Mood is A More Serious Issue
If you have been struggling with depression or symptoms that you feel need mental health or medical care, please know there is help. For many people struggling with severe or long term mental health condition, our Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program is the perfect solution. Our program offers critical support for many mental health issues and helps clients find new skills to help them overcome symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Give us a call or fill out our New Patient Interest Form if you are New Mexico resident looking for a great program.
Imani is a writer who is passionate about helping others through her work. Her own struggles with mental health and experience in therapy give her a unique perspective to empathize with our patients and readers. Her experiences influence the articles that she writes. In her free time, Imani enjoys traveling, making YouTube videos, reading, and obnoxiously singing to show tunes.
*All blog content that is written by Imani is approved by a licensed mental health professional.*