We all feel sad and hopeless from time to time, either because something happened or because it’s simply one of those days.
But here’s the good news: you can easily cheer yourself up without the need for a clown or life-changing positive news!
In this article, we have some amazing tips and tricks on how to help yourself feel better that are guaranteed to put a big smile on your face.
And you know what the best thing about them is? Every single one of these tips is easy to do, won’t cost you much (if anything), and can be instantly tried and tested.
Yes, it is a matter of minutes to cheer yourself up, all you have to do is get up and try!
If you’ve been going through a difficult time and the idea of clearing your thoughts and doing some meditation sounds unlikely, do the exact opposite.
When we are brainstorming as many ideas for a problem as we can in a short time (5-10 minutes), that can make us feel ecstatic, resourceful, productive, and strong.
Get Those Essential Oils
Essential oils, like the lemon-flavored ones, result in an instant mood switch and can cheer you up, so keep a small bottle in your bag and smell some whenever you are not in a good mood.
Alternatively, you can also keep lots of lemons at home and reach the kitchen when you’re feeling down.
Get A Pet
Well, that was an obvious trick, but one that many people don’t try.
Saving a stray cat or dog from the streets or adopting one that’s been hurt or abused from a shelter is going to make your short and long-term life so much better.
The love you will get from your pet, the amazing moments you will share together, and that furry hug you will get whenever they see you being sad is all you need to feel better.
Eat Your Chocolate
Many of us think we are addicted to chocolate, and perhaps it’s not a bad thing.
While eating huge amounts of chocolate every day is bad for our health, consuming chocolate in moderation every day can facilitate our cognitive performance and mood.
Hug It Out
Hugging releases three neurotransmitters – oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine – which are the perfect combination of mood boosters that will undoubtedly improve your psyche.
Serotonin deficiency has been associated with depression, whereas dopamine is the chemical messenger that brings people joy and allows us to feel happy.
Oxytocin is widely recognized as “the love hormone,” with its ability being that of lowering our cortisol levels while also boosting connectedness.
As for dopamine, it is what makes us think, focus on things, and see just how interesting and worthy life is. So, when we hug other people, life instantly becomes better!
Take Your Photo Album Out
Sometimes our present might not be very pleasant – a bad day at work or a breakup might make us feel sad – but going through photographs can fix that.
Keeping a photo album or scrolling through your online photos with friends and family can help you remember how great life is and how loved you are.
This way, you can cheer yourself up and realize that there are better things in life to care for and appreciate than some bad moments.
Get In Touch With Your Artistic Side
No, we’re not suggesting you become the next Van Gogh (even though you’re more than free to do that if you want). What we’re saying is that doing some art can help you become more productive and creative.
Artistic creativity like painting, playing guitar, or any other instrument for that matter, writing, dancing, or any other activity that stretches your artistic muscle, can all cheer you up.
However, if you don’t feel like that will keep you interested in it for long, even heading to a museum to experience the art of others can boost your mood.
Watch or do, you choose. All that matters is to engage with art in one way or another!
Trying to sing necessitates perfect posture and controlled breathing techniques, which can help you feel happier.
Singing also helps reduce stress, results in a rise in endorphin levels, and releases oxytocin. Remember when we talked about what these chemical messengers do?
So, whether you want to sing acapella or sing along to a song on the radio, know that you are not only practicing your singing skills but also improving your mood!
Hunching and having a bad posture can affect your body and, consequently, your mood.
Muscle groups that aren’t intended for long-term use are stressed and strained because of poor posture.
They quickly become fatigued and twitchy, resulting in unwanted pain and discomfort.
So, if you’re feeling under the weather, try to stand or sit up straight, with your shoulders back and your head up high.
Posing like this, and even doing some standing yoga poses, can cheer you up as you will immediately feel stronger and more connected to your body.
Watch A Good Comedy
While we can’t say that all comedy films will cheer you up, as some of them are not that funny, a good comedy film or a good stand-up comedy act can make you feel better.
That is because they will make you laugh and laughing can lift your spirits up by significantly reducing your levels of anxiety and feelings of distress.
Is it America’s Funniest Videos that make you laugh the most or some YouTuber who pranks people? Then go for that!
Stay Physically Active
This can be different for everyone, but the point is the same: stay active throughout the day.
Go for walks, hit the gym, do some yoga, Pilates, ice-skating, or even meditate. What’s important is to keep your body and soul active as that will make you feel livelier and bring you joy.
The Bottom Line
We all have our ups-and-downs but trying our best to cheer ourselves up is important.
Caring about yourself and showing yourself some love is necessary when you want to lead a happier life, so try these tips above and be happy again!