Feeling down in the dumps? We’ve all been there
There are days when nothing seems to be going right and goals are simply too hard to achieve. Before you start criticizing yourself and believing that you are an utter failure, take time to step back and find things that can help improve the way you feel about yourself.
We’re not talking about splurging all your money on retail therapy or spending too much on expensive spa treatments. It is totally possible to lift your spirits without necessarily emptying your bank account.
Here are five simple and inexpensive ways to boost your mood (yup, you can do most of these things right in the comforts of your home).
Breathing better can make a huge difference in your mood. There is a connection between the way you breathe and the way you feel. More often than not happy people have deep and regular breaths. In a way, you can change how you feel by changing the way you breathe. Learn the techniques that can help you feel happier and more energetic. Pay more attention to the way you breathe when you’re feeling down and channel your energy into breathing better.
There is seriously nothing like exercise to help lift your mood! Even a short session of cardio helps produce “feel good” substances in your brain. It also provides a good distraction if there is something that has been bothering your mind. Regular exercise should be a part of your calendar. Make sure to stick to your routine when you are feeling down, maybe it’s even a good time to try something more difficult and more intense. If you’ve never exercised a day in your life, now is also a good time to start. You can start with a simple walking routine. Before you know it, you’ll start appreciating the wonders of getting a “runner’s high.”
It may seem counterintuitive to help out someone when you’re already feeling bad about yourself, but doing a good deed can actually help you appreciate all the positive things you have going on in your life. There’s even a study saying that people who volunteer are happier than people who don’t. Think you’re too busy? Something as simple as helping your child complete his or her homework can make a difference. You can also try donating blood or treating a broke friend to lunch. There are many ways to spread the positive vibes without taking too much of your time.
A messy home or office can often lead to a messy mind. Clutter can leave you feeling like everything in your life is disorganized. When you’re feeling a bit down, go ahead and spend thirty minutes organizing your desk or room. You don’t have to give your home or office a thorough clean, just focusing on one area can make a surprisingly huge difference in how you feel. Get rid of old receipts, organize your bills, arrange your books - these things can often help in releasing negative vibes. If you’re feeling extra generous, you might even want to donate old clothes to charity.
Pampering yourself is a great way to lift your spirits when you are feeling down. Taking care of yourself is not exactly a novel idea, but because we live in such a busy and fast-paced world, it has become such a struggle to just sit back, relax and take care of oneself.
Self-care shouldn’t intimidate you. It shouldn’t make you feel like you are being selfish simply because you want to focus on your own needs. After all, you will only be able to take better care of other people if you feel good about yourself.
Need ideas? A relaxing Epsom salt bath can do wonders for you. Epsom salt can help replenish the body’s Magnesium levels, which can promote positive vibes and help you relax. Plus there are beauty benefits too. Epsom salt can help dry skin and damaged hair look so much better.
Try Better Bath Better Body’s Epsom Salt Baths. These unique blends are enhanced with Essential Oils that can help improve your mood. We’ve also added Vitamin C Crystals to help neutralize Chlorine, Ammonia, and other impurities in your bath water.
We have a special Happiness Bath Soak that can help lift your moods. With Wintergreen and Bergamot Essential Oils, this blend can help reduce stress and boost your mood. Check out our other blends here.