Let us be honest, 2020 has been a lot. People that have been fighting negative thoughts all their life have lost the battle to 2020. This is because life has never been this way. We never thought that we could end up in our homes for an uncertain period without interacting with the world outside. Of course, all of this has been tough but we need to pull ourselves out of this dark place.
Since the coronavirus outbreak happened, it is getting harder to find peace. We all are suffering from depression and anxiety to a certain level. And not only coronavirus but the incoming bad news from all areas have occupied our mind. Therefore, this whole situation has made it even harder for us to relive the happy moments and cherish the good memories,
However, instead of forcing your brain to perpetually live in nostalgia, it is time for you to try something new.
Following are some of the ways through which you can learn how to uplift your mood during current days and also in the future:
Listen to old favourites
New music is exciting and there is never a dull moment, but when you’re feeling down then listening to old favourites can be a great way to lift your mood. Music has a way of transporting you back to places and times – happy memories – so dig out that old playlist from that last great holiday and sit back to enjoy the jams.
Watching things you love
Believe it or not, screen timing is not always bad. You might be blaming excessive internet usage, internet streaming, and TV watching for making you lazy but that might not be the case.
Watching things that you love eventually erupts happy feeling inside you. If you like watching dark and tragic things then that’s not recommended. But watching good shows that used to uplift your mood will help.
For instance, if you used to love watching the famous sitcom Friends for how humorous and joyful it is, then start re-watching it.
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Eating meals that make you happy
Good food means good you.
Many food options that have proven to be good for uplifting your mood. For instance, if you have an egg and mayo sandwich for lunch, the egg will increase tryptophan which helps your brain make more serotonin. And the high level of serotonin helps people think about good thoughts. Other than this, you can also have your favorite comfort food that always makes you feel better.
If nothing works then start experimenting with your food. This way you can keep yourself busy and might also end up having some delicious combo – and you can focus on the healthy!
Chat with empathetic friends
The current anxiety and stress that we all are feeling in our daily lives are because of the loss of interaction. Due to social distancing routines, people are unable to meet their friends in real life. And this whole process of staying away from your loved ones has built a layer of sadness in our brains.
While you cannot revive the old hangout rituals until the whole situation settles down, you can still talk to your friends by phone.
It has been observed that sharing your problems with people helps you can process your feelings better. Other than this, people that you believe are empathetic and understand situations, help you by giving you support and good advice.
Also if you just don’t want to share your feelings with people around you or with your friends then you can just have a little chit chat with them. Putting your mind away from stressful thinking and having a light-hearted chat with a friend can help you lift your mood.
Enjoy things you usually enjoy
How about getting back in the old lane?
Instead of trying anything and everything to uplift your mood, we would suggest you to go with tried and tested stuff. If you had pleasure reading a book, reread it. If preparing a certain type of meal made you feel happy in the past, try that again.
Start enjoying things you used to enjoy before.
Fight negative thoughts
It’s not easy to fight off negative thoughts when that is all that you have right now. The situation we are currently living in is just adding fuel to our negative thoughts. However, there is a way that you can fight your battle with them.
Make a list of all the things you find good and positive in you or the current situation. Keep that list in front of you, either in your pocket, or wallet or stick it in your room.
Whenever you will come across the list you will eventually start feeling better about life. Also make sure you keep on changing the content in that list so that you do not get bored with reading one kind of stuff only.
Fighting off negative thoughts to uplift your mood is getting hard each day in 2020. However, with some of the recommendations above you can achieve your goals to become positive these days.
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Originally publisher as Mood lifter: Music nostalgia, favourite TV shows, healthy food and more things to practice for a healthier and happier mind
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