I originally wrote this as a guest article for Peter's The
Change Blog. I hope you enjoy it.
are times when no matter how hard we try to avoid it, we sink into a
funk or a less than productive
We drag our feet, feel unmotivated and lose perspective.
When that happens we can either roll with it hoping it will wear off,
or we can apply strategies to counteract it.
To help you get moving and back on track again, here are some
helpful suggestions to boost your mood.
Get some exercise.
Exercise is one of the quickest ways to pick yourself up
because it stimulates circulation and releases the happy hormones,
otherwise known as endorphins. Before you know it you will be ready
to take on the world, or at least you'll feel that way!
Have a catnap.
If you're worn out and too tired to exercise, perhaps a nap
is in order. It's surprising how a little fifteen or twenty-minute
rest can be refreshing. Not only that, when we nap new ideas,
insights and solutions come to the surface from our sub-conscious.
Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy were all known
to take catnaps to rejuvenate themselves.
Listen to uplifting music.
is the ultimate mood changer! It can take you from the depths of
listlessness to the heights of exhilaration.
"Music and rhythm find their way into the secret
places of the soul".
Take a break and have a cup of tea or coffee.
There is a reason coffee breaks are mandatory at most work
places. Of course you need not drink tea or coffee but stepping away
from what you were doing gives you a fresh new outlook and when you
get back to it, you're ready to roll.
Focus on the positive.
At times when we get involved in a project and things aren't
going well or when we're having a bad day, we have a tendency to
become negative and distort the situation. We forget what has gone
well and what is working. When that happens, it's a good idea to
re-focus, look at what is going right, what you have accomplished
and how far you've come. It will give you the boost you need to
Talk to someone.
Expressing your feelings to a friend or colleague can be both
therapeutic and a way to get you out of your mood. When someone
empathizes or commiserates with us, we feel that the burden is not
all ours to bear and that someone understands what we're going
through. Knowing that others care or have had similar feelings gives
us a pickup and helps motivate
us to move on.
Switch direction completely.
Sometimes getting in a rut or down mood can be the result of
spending too much time on one particular task. In those cases you
need a different type of break. The best thing to do is walk away
from what you're doing and engage in something completely
different. If you've been working at a computer all day, take a
break and go shopping, visit a friend or clean out your closet (a
popular choice I'm sure). When you get back to the task at hand,
you will have a new, fresh mindset.
As you can see, we are not at the mercy of our moods. When we get
stuck (and we all do at times), we have the ability to lift ourselves
up, rise above what's momentarily dragging us down and forge ahead.