Current Favorite Mood Boosters
BY SARAH BRYAN
Life has felt a bit chaotic lately, and I’ve been experimenting with ways to change my environment to feel more motivated and uplifted throughout the day. It can feel at times like there are so many little things to do, and I start to get wrapped up in the feeling of overwhelm that comes up if I stay staring at my to-do’s for too long. I begin to worry if I’ll be able to get it all done and how I’ll feel if I don’t. And to get past those feelings (that are based in fear), I’ve had to force myself to get going first thing in the morning. Instead of dwelling in all the “what-if’s” I’ve learned to take things one step at a time and focus on what I can do at this moment to set myself up for success. Here’s a few of my current favorite mood boosters:
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Seriously, this one’s the most important. I’m a night owl by nature, but if I can get to sleep by 11:30 at night, I wake up earlier feeling so much more rested. And when I go to bed earlier and wake up earlier, I feel like I have more control over my days. I have the energy and time to make things happen during the day and wind down in the evening to relax and do something I enjoy- like cooking, going for a walk, binging a show, or reading a book.
I’ve been sucked into RHONJ a little too much lately, and I realized I needed to do something else with my free time, too (something a little more stimulating for the mind). I picked up my books again, and now I’m hooked. I usually have one “self-help” and one fictional book going. The self-help I read when I’m in need of an inspiring, motivational pick-me-up, the fiction I read before bed when I’m looking for something enjoyable, relaxing, and that stops me from thinking about all the things I “need” to do.
This one has made a HUGE difference in how I feel throughout the day. Alexa has country music going pretty much all day now in this house, and soon it’ll be switching to Christmas music (woo!). Silence is nice too sometimes, but there’s something about a little music playing quietly in the background of your day that sets the tone and makes you feel more energized and focused (or at least it does for me).
LIGHT A CANDLE
I’ve been loving this one, especially now that the weather is beginning to cool down. Something about a room smelling like pumpkin vanilla just makes me so happy lol (what up, Trader Joe’s candles!!! For reference, find them here. They’re much more affordable at the store). And I KNOW I am not alone here. But don’t just save it for the fall- this is something that can (and should) be done year-round to add to the good vibes and intentions we’re setting for the day.
We’re slowly working our way back into a routine that makes us feel happy, fulfilled, motivated, and accomplished over here. The wedding kind of threw us off our game a bit (no regrets), and I’m so happy we’re now establishing this new momentum in our lives. But this feeling doesn’t just come naturally with time. We have to be intentional. Because when we’re intentional about the environment, we spend our time in, we become more intentional in how we use that time, too. Having some go-to’s for when you’re in need of a mood boost makes all the difference. Try these out, and let me know what you think!
Do you have any other mood boosters you’d add to this list? Let me know, I’d love to try them!
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