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How to Feel Better: 5 Hacks to Shift Your Mood in Under 5 Minutes

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How to Feel Better: 5 Hacks to Shift Your Mood in Under 5 Minutes

Are you wondering how to feel better, quickly? We all have moments of feeling less than good, and it is normal to feel like there’s nothing we can do about it. The last thing we want to when we are feeling sad, stressed or overwhelmed is add something else to our plate under the pre-tense that it might make us feel better. But what if you knew you definitely would, even if only a little?

There are plenty of simple, yet effective, strategies you can implement to shift your mood and start feeling better in no time. In this article, we’ll explore five powerful hacks that can help you elevate your mood in under five minutes.

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A note before we get into it

Take a moment to thank yourself for supporting yourself in this way. Choosing to seek out useful information is the first and maybe biggest step towards making things better for yourself. By learning to flip the script and shift your mood, you can boost your resilience and feel more in control of your day.

The next step, once you have this information, will be putting it into action. View this as an experiment at first. Once you show yourself it really does help, you’ll become increasingly likely to default to it in the future!

Quick note: If you’re a mother, we have a special post for you! After this, check out our post on self-care for mothers.

How to feel better – breathe!

When stress hits, our breath tends to get shallow, which only makes things worse. So, take a moment to pause and take some deep breaths. Close your eyes, inhale slowly through your nose, feeling your belly expand, then exhale through your mouth. Repeat this a few times, and you’ll feel the tension start to melt away.

For many of us, it is helpful to not have to think about anything at all, and just be told what to do. If this is you, look up super quick breathwork routines for free on YouTube. That way, all you have to do is listen and follow instructions. Breathwork is almost guaranteed to help, if only a little!

Distract yourself with the the things that are going well

This is not about toxic positivity, or pretending things are different to what they are. However, when things aren’t feeling good, we tend to focus on what’s going wrong. This is a natural, normal survival mechanism that is intended to keep us safe. The thing is, for most of us in the modern world, we are in fact safe (most of the time).

It’s easy to get caught up in what’s going wrong, but there’s always something to be grateful for. Grab a pen and paper (or your phone) and jot down three things going right. They could be as simple as a sunny day or the delicious cup of coffee you have infront of you.

This practice will help you widen your perspective, without denying any part of your experience.

Get Moving – Exercise will make you feel better

When you’re feeling low, sometimes all it takes is a little movement to feel some spaciousness and lightness within you again. Put on your favorite song and have a mini dance party in your living room, or take a quick walk around the block to get some fresh air. Even just a few minutes of activity can boost your mood and energy levels.

Consider investing in a personal trainer who will be able to plan the perfect workouts for you, offer nutrition support and hold you accountable – as well as being a general wellness support mechanism in your life.

If you struggle to motivate yourself to exercise, and think personal training might be for you, you can book a free consultation with us here.

Curious to know more? Find out exactly how exercise affects the brain and why you feel better after doing it.

Communicate your needs and feelings

Putting what you’re feeling and what you need into words can be incredibly helpful. It goes back to what we said earlier about the fact that sometimes we don’t help ourselves because we just don’t think we can. However, putting these things into words can help so much. How can something feel manageable, if you don’t even know what it is?

You can also communicate your feelings and needs to others. Especially those closest to you. The people who love you are honoured to be given the opportunity to help you, trust us (just make sure you aren’t bombarding anyone. You can always ask ‘is now an okay time?’). Having someone with your best interests at heart listen to you, and be your sounding board, can help you feel less alone.

If you’re feeling out of control of your life, as if you are just not in the driving seat, it might be time to take back some control and empower yourself. We recommend our post How to Manifest Your Dreams for this one!

Nature therapy cannot be overrated

If you’re still wondering how to feel better, don’t forget the precious healing resource gifted to all of us – nature. There’s something about being outside that just makes everything better. So, if you’re feeling down, step outside and soak up some nature.

Take a walk in the park, put your palms against a big tree, or just take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty around you. Even a few minutes outdoors can work wonders for your mood.

We love Mind UK’s post on accessible, simple ways you can be connecting to nature!

Wrapping up!

Feeling better doesn’t have to be a big production. With these five simple hacks (and a bonus tip), you can turn your day around in no time. So next time you’re feeling blue, give one of these tricks a try and see how much of a difference it can make. You’ve got this!

By the way, if sluggish is something that is regularly affecting you, check out our blog How to Stop Feeling Sluggish All the Time.

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