Quarantining has been a unique experience for everyone; you may feel in a bit of a funk or isolated from others. Finding positivity to latch onto can be especially tough for some individuals in winter months when we see less sunlight due to shorter days. Whatever has you feeling low, consider the following tips for uplifting your spirits.
Surround Yourself With Positive People
Your company can be super influential to your outlook on life. Hearing negative talk does not help to enhance your mood and can be detrimental to your train of thought.
Focus on surrounding yourself with people that spread positivity. Of course, vent sessions are inevitable and healthy for many friendships, but don’t engage with or project this negative energy all the time. Reflect on those you follow on social media and ask the question made famous by cleaning guru Marie Kondo: “Does it spark joy?” Unfollow accounts that spew negativity to remove bummer content from your feed.
Allow Yourself To Laugh
Laughter is therapeutic. Laughing causes the brain to release endorphins, also known as the “happy hormones” that are effective in combatting the blues.
When you’re feeling down, treat yourself to a comedic TV series or funny online sketch specials. Call a friend to chat about a time that makes you laugh or peruse your favorite comedian’s social media accounts for brief comedic bits.
Enhance Your Space
Consider the environment you work and live in. Is it conducive to your productivity and positive energy? Not everyone has the option to makeover their workspace or bedroom to make it a Zen hideout. However, there are plenty of ways to enhance your space on a budget that can make quite the impression on your mood.
A few tips for uplifting your spirits that involve your environment are to incorporate plants, add colors that make you smile, and organize your areas to prevent overwhelming yourself. It can be challenging to take care of the space around you when feeling melancholy, but your mind will thank you for bettering your abode.
Engaging in charitable activities helps both giver and receiver. There are different reasons why giving makes us feel good. Taking advantage of the euphoria that comes from donating your time or money is a wholesome way to boost your mood while uplifting others.