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If you’re waiting for life to get back in tune with you.

Don’t bother. 

Life sends us experiences that might have a few bad notes, or out of key tunes, but it’s up to you to never allow them to interrupt the song you want to sing.

Your life song matters. It’s a unique signature of who you are. 

I know it’s not always easy to stay upbeat when the news is bad, work isn’t fun, kids or partners are trouble, and all you really want to do is stay in bed and hide.

It’s not easy to stay upbeat, but it is possible to boost your mood even when you’re surrounded by chaos and trouble. 

Don’t say you can’t. 

Yes you have fear to overcome, loved ones who might be a challenge,  work or business issues that seem insurmountable, but you must take a step back and refill your life force energy on a regular basis or you’ll flame out.

It’s important that you catch your breath, and invest time in boosting your mood, because the way you feel, your vibrational energy, your moods are all the creators of your dreams.  And to have these dreams come true you must awaken to the truth that essentially the experience of life is caused from within.  

Pain and pleasure happen from within, joy and ecstasy happen from within. And bad moods happen from within.

So when you are thrown for a loop and life gets stressful, or you feel you’ve lost your emotional balance here’s some insanely simple ways to boost your mood and raise your vibrational energy.

1. Stand straight

Sounds silly…but a shift in your posture can totally change your mood.  Think about it. When you’re sad, your shoulders slump, your face droops and your whole life force energy contracts. 

Since we’re totally energetic beings  when there’s a shift in our physical body, there’s a change in our energy vibration. And moods are simply expressions of our energy. 

Simple right?

So sit up. Do some jumping jacks.  Dance around the table. Whatever you need to change your body posture.

2. Practice a little self-compassion

Instead of worrying about your worthiness to have or be something or someone focus instead on self-compassion.

Endlessly criticizing yourself is enough to put anyone in a bad mood. 

Don’t let the pain of life turn you into a negative Ned or Nellie. Studies show that those who were kinder to themselves and more compassionate about their shortcomings dealt with the stresses of life much better than most. 

And best of all, it instantly connects you to your higher vibrational energy of love. A powerful yet simple way to raise your mood and bring greater health and well-being into your life.

3. Surrender

Remember:

The river seeks it’s own path, it does not fight the rock, it flows around it.Click to Tweet

Chill out. Stop resisting. Don’t let the circumstances of your life dictate how you feel.   A good mood doesn’t have to depend on external conditions. Peace of mind comes the moment you choose to be peaceful with the situation.

Change the way you’re labelling things. 

If you’re telling yourself something is terrible, then it’s going to continue to feel that way.  No matter what you call it, the reality is still the same, so you might as well let go of how it should be or how it seems to be, and call the whole thing something else.

Ride the waves of the river towards the the happiness you seek and you’ll find yourself flowing around the rocks of discontent and despair. A little positive reinforcement is all you need.

4. Quick ways to boost your mood

Here’s 5 really quick ways to boost your mood if all else fails.

Sniff a scent.  Lavender oil is known to reduce anxiety and boost your mood.

Grab the gum.  I’m not a gum chewer but I’m told that the repetitive chomping on a piece of gum reduces stress.

Eat some chocolate.  We all know the boost to our serotonin levels that come with something chocolatey. Go for it!

Hug something cuddly. A pet is good. Or a snuggly blanket is said to help us become more relaxed. Soft things feel good!

Call an upbeat friend. Those who look on the sunny side of life can be great mood boosters.

5. Final thoughts

If you would only take control of your inner being and moods so that they happened the way you wanted them to and your mind was taking instructions from you and not being allowed to run around poking at all your old insecurities, wounds and hurts, you would definitely boost your mood.

To create a situation the way you want it, you have to have some mastery over your life energies.

Because ultimately the whole of existence is energy.

You don’t have to make it all happen at once…just begin.

Remind yourself:

“I am in charge of my happiness.  I will not let anything outside of myself control me.  I am creating a life that feels good on the inside and it will turn into experiences that are good on the outside.”

Encourage one another.

Love Elle

xox

Elle Sommer
Elle is the creator of Live Purposefully Now, a website with a wide variety of authors and topics whose focus is on helping you to change/re-direct and navigate your life. She is a self-confessed spiritual junkie, offering a deeper more holistic approach to life. This deeper approach sets you on a simple path towards your greatest future, helps you remove those limiting beliefs that hold us all back and supports you in achieving your dreams.

27 Comments

  1. I love these idea, Elle, especially because they are so down to earth and simple. I’ll definitely keep them on hand for when my mood gets funky! Thank you so much.

    • So glad you enjoyed the post Sandra. Sometimes we over complicate life when simple works more easily! I’ve been know to be guilty of this my own self! 🙂

  2. You know I love this, Elle. I wish more people knew about the standing up straight, chewing gum, chocolate, and hugs. So easy. I love the scent of lavendar – it’ll put me in a good mood instantly any time. They give cool lavender scented wet washcloths after my hot yoga class, Heavenly!

    • Oooh love the idea of lavender scented washcloths Debbie…that would be enough to ensure I visited the class regularly. And you’re so right… it really is so simple to find those little things that make a big difference to our moods. I think that sometimes it’s challenging to get out of our own way. 🙂

      • Wow! Thank you! I just found your site and feel like I found a new home. So loving. So honest. So comforting. So helpful.
        Many thanks,
        Lisa

        • Hi Lisa…I’m so happy you enjoyed our site. Thank you for your kind words…you inspire me to do even better! 🙂

  3. Sammy Blackmore Reply

    Eating chocolates help me boost my mood. Not only because it tastes delicious, but I also feel recharged since sweets help increase your energy.

  4. Thank you so much , Elle !! I am going to implement these ideas whenever I feel low again. I loved that thought which explains how a river isn’t interrupted because of hurdles and somehow finds its way ahead. Thanks again for making my day !

  5. The concept of changing your story reminds me of Matthew Ferry’s terminology: everyone is a “maker upperer.” We’re constantly making up our own stories about whatever simply ‘is.’ To feel better, all we have to do is make up better stories that support us. There’s no one “true” reality. Every individual lives their own reality comprised of whatever stories they’ve made up about it. One person’s heaven is another person’s hell.

    I’ve personally experienced the magic of taking walks outside to change my mood. I had been in fatigue-laden funk for a while until I finally followed my intuition and took a ten minute walk outside (the ‘outside’ part was critical as it got me back in touch with nature). After the first walk, I was hooked and make it a point to get outside, take deep breaths, express my gratitude for the beauty that surrounds me and move my body every day. And a little chocolate never hurts.

    • I haven’t heard of ‘maker upperer’ before Paige…but I like it a lot. I know that we ‘make up’ stories about our life and it’s just as easy to make up a good one as not. But that phrase sums it up perfectly. I totally agree with you about taking yourself outside. There’s something about nature that helps put things into a better perspective, so we can make up a better story. Thank you for sharing yours. 🙂

  6. I love the way you’ve explained how we can be the master of our mood here, Elle ‘so that they happened the way you wanted them to and your mind was taking instructions from you and not being allowed to run around poking at all your old insecurities, wounds and hurts’ – In aiming t achieve that mastery I picture a troublesome gremlin-type creature that needs to be reigned in and taught some manners on how to behave! I’ll be the one in charge of my mood, thank you.

    • Hi Laura…lovely to see you again. I love your definition of the gremlins that need to be reigned in. They even seem a little cute! 🙂

    • Hi Anthony A…thanks for taking the time to comment and thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  7. Easy and Simple hacks. Especially the one about chocolate! Is there anything in the world that chocolate can’t do?!

  8. I so much love this Elle.. Since we’re totally energetic beings when there’s a shift in our physical body, there’s a change in our energy vibration. Do some jumping jacks. Dance around the table. Whatever you need to change your body posture. This is amazing and the grabbing of chocolates, will surely boast our energy. Thanks.

  9. Lynn MacQuarrie Reply

    Hello Elle,

    I now have two new mantras.

    “The river seeks it’s own path…”.

    “I am in charge of my happiness…”.

    Very comforting and enlightening.
    Thank you for your wise words.
    Lynn

  10. I like the recommendation to set the mood in the morning and the rest will follow. It’s simple advice….but it so true! It can make a difference on how the day would go.

    I so agree with taking mastery over our energies. We are in charge. And it starts from the inside!

    Great article!

  11. Changing posture definitely helps! I learned that long ago from my Mom and thought, what a simple way to feel better quickly! Then there’s this pose where we stand straight, hands on hips, chin up and stay that way – and feel fabulous in a few seconds! Great tips, Elle! And yes, important not to beat ourselves up about stuff.

  12. Hey Elle, This is such a great post with helpful reminders. I find getting outside, calling a friend or one of my kids can change my mood for the better pretty quickly. I feel emotionally balanced most of the time, but I do have some days when I could use a pick-me-up. I like your quick ways to boost your mood as well. Thank you!

    • I like your methods of mood boosting Cathy. I do believe we sometimes just need to give ourselves a break and find that one thing that will spark our spirits. 🙂

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