How to improve your mood during a pandemic
If you could use some new mood-lifting tips, you’re not alone.
Covid-19 anxiety is a real thing
We’ve been living through some of the craziest times that anyone can remember, and it goes without saying, our moods have been all over the place.
If you’ve experienced the full spectrum of stressed, scared, anxious, lonely, confused, angry, sad in recent weeks and months, that’s valid.
You may likely be needing some mood-lifting tips and tricks during these strange and confusing times
Of course there’s the obvious – moving your body, practicing self-care, feeding yourself healthy foods, staying virtually connected to loved ones – but here are a few creative mood-lifting techniques worth adding in!
1) Take A Daily Walk “With” A Friend
It’s not rocket science that you always feel better after a day at the beach or a hike in nature, and part of that reason is due to the hit of Vitamin D you’re getting from the great outdoors.
Make it a daily habit to take a sunset walk (I love the sunrise ones) each evening and document the sunset on your phone. Tag us on Instagram if you do! @synctherapy.
If you’re not ready to do it in person, both of you can go for a walk while talking on the phone – just bring headphones!
2) Get Lost In A Book (And Zoom-Chat About It)
Anyone who’s ever lost themselves in a page-turner already knows how a book can be one of the best mood-lifting routes of all time. Add some much-need social time back into your life while you’re at it by creating a virtual book club where you meet over Zoom to discuss and chat!
A few of our favourite books include
- Aubrey Marcus “ Own the Day, Own your life”
- Amy Morin “13 things mentally strong people don’t do”
- Angela Duckworth “Grit”
- James Clear – “Atomic Habits”
- Jen Sincero “You are a Badass”
- Gary Bishop “ Stop doing that shit”
- Mark Manson “The subtle art of not giving a fuck”
You can also use the audiobook service like Scribd! It’s the Netflix of books. For $10 a month, you can get access to the world’s largest digital library and read unlimited books, audiobooks and access to millions of documents. I never thought I could enjoy an audiobook but it’s a major way I take information in now. You can try my affiliate link for 2 months free or 1 month straight from their site.
3) Journal It Out. Get It Out Of Your Head
If you’ve never journaled or have stopped it since Covid-19 now’s an excellent time to bust open a new journal.
The science shows there are very real benefits to getting your thoughts down on paper – it helps us process and makes sense of what’s happening in our world which can relieve stress, boost mood, and even strengthen our immune systems! We’ve even written about the science of gratitude
Things to write about
- What you’re grateful for
- Your fears and anxieties (if you do this, end on a positive note – like gratitude)
- Daily small wins of what you’ve done (they can never be too small #IPutPantsOnToday)
- Affirmations (guys can do this too – it helps) “ I am loved and safe. I’m a badass motherfucker that is going to be stronger from this. I have so much love and abundance around me”
4) Listen To Music
Missing concerts? Us too!
That doesn’t mean having to lose the presence of music in your life though. While you’re working from home or starting or winding down your day, pump up to a playlist that you can’t help but dance to. Better yet, tune into a live streaming concert from your favourite artist! They also have previous live concerts on YouTube – “ artist + live concert ” on how to find it
Science says that Queens “ Don’t stop me now” is the most uplifting song
Other great songs to improve your mood
- Abba “dancing queen”
- Beach boys “good vibrations”
- Billy Joel “Uptown Girl”
- Cyndi Lauper “Girls just wanna have fun”
5) Dance Your Problems Away
Uhh we couldn’t mention exercise!
We know the benefits of moving our bodies but why don’t you add something like dancing to it?
Dancing has many brain-boosting benefits, it’ll be great for increasing mood and get the energy flowing if you need to work too.
There are many ways you can dance – kitchen dancing session, dancing because your food is cooking, or a living room dance-off. You can incorporate them into your workouts too.
If your workouts have begun to feel like a chore, you might be surprised how simply switching things up gives you a new challenge, a hit of endorphins, and a feeling of accomplishment.
6) Set A Bed Time... And Stick With It
Sleep is crucial for our mental health, especially for anxiety. If you’re chronically anxious, deep sleep may take the edge off.
It also makes such a huge difference in our moods and if like many, your sleep may be less than stellar lately, you may have almost gotten used to being sleep deprived.
Getting your circadian rhythm back in check can have a massive impact on your mood.
Be careful of napping though, it’s a double-edged sword and can cause problems
7) Find New Traditions
Are you missing brunch with friends, that girls night, or other traditions from pre-COVID-19 days?
As we adjust to the new life right now, it’s time to create new traditions.
Start an at-home date night, a weekly pizza tradition, a Zoom brunch with friends, or even something as small as a morning walk you never used to have time for.
8) Take A Virtual Tour Or Online Concert
Love travelling but can’t?
It’s time to grab a french baguette and a glass of wine and take a tour of a castle in France.
I didn’t know this was a thing but you can take a tour of many different things, thanks to Google now. If you’re missing the arts, music, museum trips, or culture – Google has you covered!
You can tour museums, castles, musical groups, and even Broadway shows.
Do a quick internet search will give you lots of options to choose from.
9) Have A Themed Dinner
While going out for dinner is just opening back up, why don’t you do a themed dinner?
Whether you are living with roommates, newly dating or in a relationship, it can be challenging not to go out, but creative at-home dinner ideas can bring back some spark in your life.
Try a culturally-themed dinner night!
One other way is to have a themed dinner over zoom. You can do this by ordering a themed food from a local restaurant and have it delivered at a certain time.
10) Clean And Organize Your Place
When it comes down to it, it’s not the circumstances that define our happiness levels but the way we respond to them.
It may be a difficult time right now but it’s up to each of us to find something that
At the end of the day, it’s not our circumstances that define our happiness levels, but the way we react and respond. It’s our responsibility to cultivate joy and happiness, regardless of what’s going on in the world around us
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