12 Ways To Boost Your Mood

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We can’t always be happy-clappy cheerful people, unless you’re Snow White or something. If you’re a human, then you are sometimes in a bad mood. It’s natural. We are complicated creatures. We have feelings and emotions, sometimes negative ones. We have nerves, and sometimes little things get right on them. You know what I mean.

We all have those days when you want to shut yourself in your room, stay in bed, and be bothered by absolutely no one. No one ever has a good time when they feel this way though, except for Squidward Tentacles maybe. So I’ve composed a list of some things that may help you feel a little bit better when you are feeling down.

1. Reach out to a friend

You may not always feel like socializing, but it can really help you come out of a bad mood when you shift the setting, and step outside of your situation. Friends are good distractions from problems and they can also provide emotional support.

2. Listen to your favorite music

Whatever genre of music you listen to, turn up the tunes and sing along to your favorite songs. Music has therapeutic properties and can elevate your mood. Science has studied the effects of music therapy and found it to be effective. So pump up the jams and maybe even bust a move.

3. Snuggle your pet

Studies show that snuggling your pet is good for your health. Not only is your dog or cat adorable, but they also have the ability to lower stress and increase oxytocin in the brain, which is a feel-good chemical.

4. Exercise

To some, this may be a chore, but for those who like it, exercise is a great way to reduce stress, and feel good. You may have heard the term “mind-body connection.” Essentially what it is saying is that when you take good care of your physical health, you are doing wonders for your mental health as well. Exercise releases endorphins, increases norepinephrine, and helps blood to flow to the brain. All of which help to make us feel good, and reduce stress.

5. Have a laugh

Laughing is excellent for your mental health. Just like exercising, laughter releases the feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Humor can help to diffuse feelings of anger and hatred. It also increases cortisol levels, helping decrease stress. So watch some funny cat videos, your favorite comedy show, or maybe just look at some good memes. Or just force yourself to laugh. This can trick your body into thinking it’s genuine laughter. If you’ve never heard of laughter yoga, check out this video that describes it. You’ll find the laughter is contagious.

6. Meditation

Meditating is a good way to clear your mind and relax you. Maybe you’re in a bad mood because you’ve had too many negative thoughts on your mind. If that is the case, meditation might help you a great deal. The purpose of meditation is to think of nothing. It seems impossible to completely empty your mind, but with practice it can be done, and the results are that you will find more peace, be calmer, and more focused.

7. Count your blessings

I know when you’re in a bad mood it’s hard to get out of the self-pity cycle. Believe me, I’ve been there. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and think. Remember all the things you do have. Instead of dwelling on bad things, try to focus on the good things in your life. Gratitude can help put things in perspective.  Here’s a great article explaining why gratitude is good for your mental health.

8. Go out and enjoy nature!

A study conducted by Chiba University in Japan found that nature is associated with relaxation. I know it is true for me. Taking a walk through the park has always improved my mood tenfold. If you’re a nature person then this will most likely work for you as well. Go out there and get some fresh air!

9. Talk it out

Venting is a great way to get a load off your chest. It feels good to dispel negative emotions and frustrations and can help ease stress. People can offer advice and insight into the situation. Venting can help you to feel that you are not alone, and that you have support. Just don’t go too crazy as this can bring down the one you’re venting to.

10. Imagery

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Back when I was in therapy, my therapist would sometimes have me close my eyes and imagine my favorite place. I would have to visualize it as best as I could and try to incorporate all my senses. There is great power in the imagination. You can mentally transport yourself. Just thinking of a vacation can put you in a better mindset.

11. Create something

When I finish a project I beam with pride over having done it myself (unless I majorly screw up…) This makes me feel happy. When I do a job well done on a cake, or draw a picture that pleases me, it makes me feel good. Expressing yourself through art, or maybe poetry, can really help when you are down in the dumps. That’s why art therapy exists.

12. Journal

Similar to venting, journaling is a great way to reduce stress by getting some things off your chest. You can let off some steam by writing about it, and no one even has to know. If you are mad at someone, try writing a letter to them, but not sending it. It can also help you process your thoughts and feelings.

Hope these tips were useful! Let me know in the comments what things help you when you are in a bad mood.

Keep on Keepin’ on

I’ve really got to use my imagination
To think of good reasons
To keep on keepin’ on

Gladys Knight and The Pips “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination”

It’s one of those mornings. The cold and the soreness of my neck have made getting up nearly unbearable. So did the knowledge that nothing good was coming, just another stressful day at work, leaving me exhausted and uninspired upon returning home.

Still troubled by the worries this week has brought me, I’m not in a great mindset, but Gladys Knight had the right idea. In times like these I have to use my imagination. My vivid imagination is what keeps me going. It has helped me through some tough times. I’ve used it to escape reality, through writing and reading, and dressing up as someone else. I’ve also used it to fast forward to the future, to a better time. Sometimes you have to picture yourself in the situation you want to be in. Maybe think of getting your dream job, or living where you want to live, and with the right person.

I’ve been in somewhat of a bad place the last few days. I’ve become weary from constant stress, and grief. I know also that part of the problem is my thoughts. I struggle with thoughts telling me I will never amount to anything, and I’ll never be happy. I need to change my thoughts. That fatty organ inside your head is extremely powerful.  Shifting your thoughts can change your mood entirely.

Every time I think “I can’t” I just need to change it to “YES I FREAKING CAN.” Fight back. Don’t let that voice in your head, that critique, that pessimist, dictate your mood. It sounds cliche, but gratitude and optimism are key.

I have to constantly remind myself that better times are to come. They always do. We live in a state of constant change. The philosopher Heroclitus wisely said “nothing endures but change.” If you’re in a bad place, remember it will not stay that way. It’s just a matter of time and patience.

For now, keep on keepin’ on.

10 Reasons Why Cats Are Way More Talented Than Humans

 

Cats are the most common house pet in North America. You may not have known this, but the cat brain has 90% similarity to the human brain, and yet cats are far more talented. Here are some cool things cats can do that humans cannot:

  1. Cats almost always land on their feet. This is due to the cat’s ability to orient itself mid-fall, allowing it to correct its positioning, so it doesn’t land on its back. Cats can do this because of the vestibular apparatus inside the ear, which lets the cat know of its orientation in space. There have been cats that have fallen 32 stories and lived to tell the tale!
  2. They can find their way home. Cats have an innate ability to find their way home. This is referred to as the homing instinct, or Psi travelling. Experts believe cats have cells in their brains that act as compasses. Another theory is they use the angle of the sun, and Earth’s magnetic field to navigate their way back home.
  3. They can jump up to five times their height. I can probably only jump about a foot in the air, so the average cat is way more talented than me in this aspect.
  4. Earthquake detection. Due to their sensitivity to vibrations, cats can detect an earthquake tremor 10 to 15 minutes before a human can.
  5. Their kidneys can filter salt out of water. This means that a cat can safely drink sea water. Basically, if you and your cat were trapped on a raft in the middle of the ocean with no water, the cat would probably outlive you, then they’d probably eat you.
  6. They have excellent hearing. A cat can hear frequencies up to 2 octaves higher than a human can. This is even better than a dogs hearing.
  7. They can squeeze through tight spaces. There may be lots of skinny people who can fit in small spaces, but we are restricted by our collar bones in many cases. Cats don’t have collar bones, so they can squeeze through anything their head can fit through.
  8. They can run fast. Cats are capable of running up to 31 MPH over a short distance. The world record for a human is about 28 MPH.
  9. Night vision. Since cats are highly active at dawn and dusk, they need to have good night vision. Since they have six to eight times more rod cells in their eye than humans have, they are more sensitive to low light. They are also able to sense motion in the dark better than us, which is why they make such good predators.
  10. Fertility. A cat can generally have a litter of one to eight kittens. In seven years, a pair of cats could 420,000 kittens. Essentially, cats could take over the world if they really wanted to.

 

Hope I didn’t make you feel too bad about yourself for not being as awesome as any old cat is. Now it makes sense why Egyptians used to worship cats!

Inktober Drawing

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I went out and bought some artist pens finally. Anyone else use Faber-Castell pens? Let me know what you think.

Anyway, todays prompt was clock. Here is the poem written within the drawing:

Life is like a clock

When you are not looking closely

The hands of time turn even faster

Before you know it the clock freezes

Dont look away or all will be gone

Before you know it

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