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Daily habits that boost your mood are the perfect way to improve your mental health, increase productivity and motivation. Making tasks into habits does take some time and getting used to, but once you start seeing the benefits of these tasks, you will love how much happier you feel.
Some of these may not work for you, but these are things I do each day that have a huge impact on my mood! And if for some reason I forget, I can tell a major difference throughout the day.
Keep reading to find out my favorite habits that make me happier each and ever day.
1. Make Your Bed Each Day
I used to be one of those people who never made their bed. But once I started making my bed everyday, I couldn’t stop! I immediately felt more accomplished and motivated. Plus, there’s nothing better than coming home after a long day to a nice, neat made up bed.
2. Drink More Water
Water is so important to your overall health and wellbeing! When you feel good physically, you will also feel good mentally. Making sure you are taking care of yourself will boost your overall mood and help you be happier each day.
3. Let Light In
When I wake up in the morning, I love to open up my curtains and let the natural light in. There’s just something about that sun shining through the windows that instantly boosts your mood!
4. Have Alone Time With Yourself
Even if you’re an extrovert and love being around people, it’s important to take time for yourself to recharge. Find something you enjoy doing by yourself, or you can even just watch en episode of your favorite tv show.
No matter what, it’s always a good idea to be by yourself every once in a while to reflect and recharge.
5. Tidy Up Before Leaving
Depending on how much time you have, do a little cleaning before you leave the house. You can put away laundry, do the dishes, take out the trash, etc. It doesn’t have to be a deep clean, but making sure things are tidy will make you so much happier, especially when you get back home.
No one likes coming home to a messy house. Before I leave for work each day, I make sure my room is tidy, my bed is made and the dishes are clean. As soon as I get home, I feel so relieved that my house is tidy and there’s not a huge pile of dishes waiting for me.
6. Get Outside
Sometimes when you’re feeling down, all you need is to step outside and get some fresh air. This is especially important now, as many of us are stuck at home all the time. What I have been doing is taking my dogs out and walking around for a little bit with them.
It helps keep me moving instead of sitting at my desk and also helps my mental health by taking a break from work and other stresses.
Yes, really! Exercise is not only a great way to relieve stress and anxiety, but it will also make you healthier physically, which impacts how you feel. Exercise also releases “feel good” endorphins that are instant mood boosters!
I always feel so much better after some exercise. It could even be a short walk around the neighborhood or even some yoga before bed.
8. Practice Gratitude
Every day, at the end of the day, write down 3 things you are grateful for. This is such a simple way to focus on the positive in life, instead of dwelling on the negative.
9. Put Your Phone Down
I know this one is so tough to do, especially those who have jobs that revolve around your phone. A lot of my time is wasted by mindlessly scrolling through social media. Instead, I can be using that time for something better.
It’s important to take a break from your phone, even just for a few minutes a day. You’ll be surprised at how much you don’t miss it!
10. Do Something You Enjoy
Each day, it’s important to make a little time for something that brings you joy. It could be journaling, reading a book or even just taking a bath or drinking your favorite tea. But each day, make sure you indulge a little and do something you enjoy.
I hope this post was inspiring to you to create your own habits that boost your mood! Feel free to use some or all of these to try out. Or, if you’re feeling creative, come up with your own daily habits to boost your mood.