The internet is awash with great tips on how to improve your life, your mood and everything in between. The thing is – we already know most of this stuff.
Go for a long walk in the sunshine.
Arrange to have lunch with your friends.
Head to the gym and get those endorphins flowing.
Start the day with some great sex.
These are all good ideas but it’s time to think outside the box a little. What if it’s pouring with rain outside? That won’t put you in a great mood. What if your friends are all busy today? That won’t help. What if you have an injury or aren’t feeling too well? The gym is a no go. What if you have nobody to wake up to in the mornings?
This is the perfect opportunity to start the day on your own terms, so here are 6 little known ways to instantly put yourself in a great mood (that you can do right now).
1. Wear your best clothes
Most people save their best gear for special occasions and nights out. Think about how crazy that is for a second. You’re spending a considerable amount of cash (presumably) on a dress or a top that only ever sees action once every 6 months!
Everyone reading this right now has a favourite item of clothing. I’m willing to bet that even though it’s your favourite, you barely even wear it.
Go to your wardrobe right now and put it on. You have the right to look your best 24/7.
2. Take a day off work
When was the last time you had a day off? Weekends don’t count.
Society has forced onto us the idea that we have to be on our deathbed to have a day off work, but do you know what? Not all illnesses are visible. Sometimes our brain needs a rest too. Stress and anxiety are legitimate conditions that require our attention and the symptoms can often be greatly reduced simply by taking ourselves out of the firing line.
I know you may feel guilty about ‘deceiving’ your colleagues but you owe it to yourself to take a sick day once in a while.
Do it today!
3. Realise how lucky you really are
There were times in the past when I would curse my supposed back luck. Jobs that I applied for were turning me down, girls that I asked out were rejecting me and regardless where I looked, other people seemed to be having it easy.
That was until I started to pay attention to this homeless guy that I used to pass every day. I would wonder what his story was – where he came from and why he had nowhere to live.
It hit me like a freight train.
My ‘troubles’ were nothing compared to this man. I had a roof over my head. I was a guitarist in my own fledgling band. I had my friends, family and until recently, I was in a long term relationship, thus I didn’t need a new girlfriend. I had my freedom – both physically and emotionally.
Every day take 2 minutes out of whatever it is that you do, and just look around. Look at how the trees are swaying in the wind, watch the birds as they go about their daily business, feel your heart as it works to keep you alive.
Become present and clear your thoughts. Focus on the here and now – not on your stresses.
You’re alive, you have your health, you have a roof over your head, you have friends and you are you.
Stop focusing on what you don’t have and take a second to realise what you do have.
You’re luckier than you think.
4. That one thing you spend your days dreaming about – do it!
I’m willing to bet that most of you spend your days stuck in some weary, uninspiring job that you just cannot wait to run away from. I’m also guessing that a good portion of your time spent at work is in some kind of fantasy land of your own creation. A place where you can escape the tedium and focus on the things you wish you were doing instead.
You feel alive.
You’re living the life you truly want, if only for a brief moment. Until your draconian boss brings you out of your fantasy with a ‘come on, we have a deadline – it has to be done by 5!’
But your fantasy; whatever it is, you owe it to yourself to make a start on it right now. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous the dream, it is your dream and you can begin your journey this very second.
Do you want to be a Popstar? Search online for some singing lessons. Do you want to travel the world? Start plotting your route. Do you see yourself on the New York Times Bestsellers list? Write that first page.
Whatever it is – do it now!
5. Seriously, get off the internet!
Of course, don’t go just yet. You’re reading an awesome article on an awesome site – take your time and look around, but once you’re done, try going the rest of the day with that laptop closed.
Turn off your phone too while you’re at it.
You’ll feel great, trust me!
Jamie is a guitar teacher, writer and blogger who hates the typical 9-5 existence. After quitting his boring retail job to enter the world of guitar tuition, he created Psycholocrazy to document his thoughts and struggles as he takes on societies norms armed with nothing more than his cheeky wit and undeniable charm! Go ahead and grab his free 33 page ebook and find out how to quit your job and live life on your own terms too.