This is that time of year where I always feel like I’m in a funk. Don’t get me wrong. I love fall and I’m thrilled when my kids start school and we get back in the swing of a regular routine. But this is the time of year where I need to be a whole lot more mindful of my mood…and I need to work hard to keep myself upbeat and productive!
If you’re like most people, you tend to notice how big things affect your mood. Taking a vacation to Hawaii, marriage, divorce, death, and serious financial issues are a few of the big items. However, small things can also impact your mood in a big way, and the small things happen more frequently. Understanding the small, day-to-day experiences that impact your mood is important.
Here are some small things that can affect your mood in huge ways!
If you’re feeling sluggish or irritable, you might just need a drink of water. Some people don’t have the benefit of good thirst mechanisms. I sip my water from this tumbler and it makes me smile. Get a fun cup or fun water bottle, drink up and your mood might improve considerably.
There are at least a few songs that impact your mood in a positive way. It only takes a moment of listening before you can feel your mood shift. This song always makes me smile! Try to listen to a few songs you love each day. Upload them to your smart phone so they’re always handy.
Certain smells can alter your mood. Your smelly cubical mate has one effect. A scent that reminds you of your all-time best date has a different effect. I love the smell of Christmas trees and buttercream frosting so I burn these candles regularly! Are there any scents that you love? Find a candle or air freshener that mimics a smell you enjoy.
Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, or just right. A nice day lifts your mood. A dark, rainy day can drag it down.
Receiving a compliment is sure to enhance your mood. Just a few kind words can have a big impact. Giving compliments can also have a positive effect on your mood. Next time your feeling blue, give someone else a genuine compliment! You’ll be amazed at how
The opposite is also true. A few unkind words can result in a bad mood. Keep that in mind when you’re talking to others.
If you have children, you know what they’re like when sleep-deprived. You’re not much better! Ensure that you’re getting enough sleep that your mood isn’t being affected negatively. Check out these tips to improve sleep!
Studies have shown that slouching results in more negative thoughts, and standing or sitting up straight results in more positive thinking.
The food you consume
It’s common to have a mild reaction to certain foods and not even be aware of it. Try eliminating certain foods from your diet for a couple of days and see if it changes how you feel. Eliminate one at a time or you won’t be sure which food causes issues. The most common culprits are:
- Peanuts, which aren’t actually a nut
- Anything with a high sugar content
Spending a lot of time with negative people
Whether it’s a coworker, family member, or friend, spending time with a very negative person can sour your mood.
You might not consider financial issues to be a “small thing,” but even small financial issues can harm your mood. For example, one unexpected bill can create a lot of emotional turmoil. Getting your finances in order can help immensely! Even if you stink at saving money, there is hope for you!
Interestingly, when you least feel like exercising, doing so seems to have the biggest positive influence on your mood. A brisk walk or a 30 minute workout is all you need to boost your mood. It doesn’t take much to make a difference.
You don’t need to purchase a sports car or vacation if you’re looking to boost your mood. There are plenty of smaller things that can change your mood significantly. These small things can occur on a daily basis and are well worth the effort to either seek or avoid. Focus on the small things that enhance or detract from your mood and you’ll enjoy pleasant moods more often.