Ten things to do that can boost your mood.

  1. Listen to music.  Happy music lifts your spirit, but they say sad music provides emotional release.  Maybe even listen to music you normally wouldn’t. And sing along with the music. Singing lifts your spirits.
  2. Connect with strangers.  (In person, at a social distance, or do it online.  Reach out to someone you normally don’t reach out to. People are lonely right now, try offering the gift of conversation.)
  3. Stay connected, at a distance.  We have been doing happy hours and even dinners out, or I should say dinners outside, on our front porch.  Everyone brings their own food, drinks, and serving ware.  Sort of a picnic. We sit about ten feet away and enjoy visiting.
  4. Make someone else smile.  Like a yawn is contagious, so is a smile.
  5. Find beautiful things to look at. Several studies have been done that prove just looking at beautiful things reduces stress and creates calm.  Try searching online for beautiful images. Or simply look around.  Hubby and I have been walking and a while back he said, “You know how people who live by the ocean stop appreciating the beauty of it?  Well, we have all these beautiful trees and I think we forgot they are beautiful.”  So, we’re trying to appreciate our surrounding a little more.
  6. Count your blessings. I know, this is a very trying time, but we can all find something in our lives to be thankful for. And if you can, give to help others.  
  7. Work a puzzle.  While the hands are busy, the mind can wander, or focus.  I have worked two jigsaw puzzles during the last few weeks.  Experts say that while we work on puzzles, or brain is sorting and making sense of random patterns.  We aren’t consciously aware of the work.  We focus more on images and shapes which are more pleasurable. It’s sort of a brain vacation.
  8. Read.  You knew I was going to list this, right?  Reading is an escape and like music, you can read a funny book to give you a boost or even a sad one to offer emotional release.  
  9. Use this time to learn something new.  Learning not only opens your mind, but it feeds your soul.  Even if all you do is watch a documentary on something, it can give you a learning high.
  10.  Take care of yourself.  It’s hard right now to eat healthy and to exercise, but the truth is we feel better when we are eating right and staying active. I don’t think we should constantly be depriving ourselves during this time, but don’t let yourself go off the deep end and neglect your health.  

What are you doing to chase away the blues during this difficult time?

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