Simple Ways to Improve Mood

We all have those days when it feels like we woke up on the wrong  side of the bed. For whatever reason, we are just in a bad mood. Often times these bad mood feelings are associated with difficult or stressful events in our lives, such as trouble at work, financial problems, or disappointment. Sometimes these bad mood feelings last for only a few hours, but sometimes they might linger for days at a time. There are many simple strategies to improve one’s mood in spite of what it is that might be bringing us down.

Be With People

Often times, when we are feeling low, just being with a trusted friend or family member and talking about our feelings,
can make all the difference. Having a sympathetic listener or someone that can get us laughing or looking at the bright side o  things can make all the difference. We shouldn’t be embarrassed to talk about our mood or admit that we need help. In fact, many times isolating ourselves can be one of the biggest culprits in a lingering bad mood.

Get Out

Whether it’s a brisk walk through the neighborhood or a trip to the
grocery store, getting out of the house can do wonders for improving
our mood. Sometimes we just need a little sunshine or to breathe in
some fresh air. The sights and sounds of everyday life can get our mind
off of things and be a beautiful distraction.

Enjoy Yourself

When a bad mood strikes we might find ourselves not even
wanting to do the things we normally enjoy, but doing them anyway
can take our minds off of negative thoughts and oftentimes will help
us feel better overall. Think of simple pleasures like reading, exercising,
cooking or baking, shopping or just watching a funny movie or show.

Talk to a Professional

Feeling sad or moody are normal human emotions we all experience
from time to time. Depression is different from these emotions,
primarily because depression is a pervasive feeling of sadness that
impacts our entire life and doesn’t just go away even when things in
our lives are good. We should not hesitate to reach out to a professional
to help us understand our feelings and deal with them appropriately.

Source: Psychology Today


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Written by Albeto Souza, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Alberto has worked in healthcare for over 10 years. He began as a CNA and then worked as a registered nurse until completing his Master’s Degree in Nursing. Alberto has been working as a Nurse Practitioner since April of 2013. In addition to his work as a Nurse Practitioner, he also teaches online classes for the Dixie State University Nursing Program. His genuine love for people and desire to continue to learn and improve has allowed him to experience a great deal of success as a provider, to establish a good rapport with patients and to develop lasting relationships with medical professionals in the Southern Utah area. Alberto is also fluent in 3 languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish) which allows him to better serve a more diverse population. He is currently pursuing further certification in Psychiatry and Mental Health in order to provide his patient’s with the most up-to-date services and treatments in the field. Originally from Sao Paulo Brazil, Alberto Souza moved to the U.S. as a teenager where he has had the opportunity to pursue his American Dream. Alberto lives in Southern Utah with his wife and 4 children and is a devoted family man. In his free time, Alberto enjoys time with his family, traveling, biking, swimming and is an avid soccer fan. Alberto shares his love for soccer through coaching local youth teams.