4 Ways to Instantly Change Your Mood

Usually I’m a pretty easygoing person, but every once in a while, I’ll have a day (or week) where I’m just in a terrible mood. Sometimes there’s no reason for feeling down. Other times I’ve gotten in an argument or misplaced something important, or I’m just feeling tired and/or bored.

Rather than drowning myself in hot fudge and ice cream, I try one (or all) of these ways to cheer myself up. While slightly less enjoyable than an ice cream sundae, these methods still do the trick.

1. Bring Plants in the House

It’s always nice to have fresh plants or flowers around when you’re feeling down. Making your living space look a little more alive can make you feel more alive as well. (That was incredibly cheesy, please forgive me.)

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I made this terrarium for about $12. I bought the succulents from a local flower shop and used regular potting soil I had from earlier in the summer. I love the way it looks and how inexpensive it was to put together. Honestly, I’ve never enjoyed gardening because it’s way too messy and requires too much effort. This project took me 10 minutes and was well worth it for how happy I feel every time I look at it! If you’re like me and kill every house plant that’s entered your house, don’t worry. Succulents hardly need water and are generally desk plants anyways.

2. Light Candles

Yes like every other woman, I’m addicted to candles. Good smells relax me and honestly, fire is fun to look at. At least I’m not consuming 800 calories of chocolate.

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I always have at least a couple candles on my bedside table. I’ll usually light them while getting ready for bed to relax and make the room look cozier. After a stressful day, I’ll light a few candles and feel my annoyance start to dissipate. I can’t explain it, candles just make me feel better. My favourite candles are Marshmallow Fireside and Sweater Weather from Bath & Body Works. The Autumn collection is being released soon and you can bet I’ll be stocking up!

3. Make a Cup of Tea

Keeping up with the trend of trying to feel cozy instead of cranky, a hot cup tea will do just that. It’s like a hug for your insides, what more could you ask for?

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I generally prefer black tea, but the fruity summer flavours from David’s Tea have got me hooked. If you’re feeling tired after a long, irritating day, the soothing effect of tea will help you wind down. At the very least, you can imagine throwing your tea on the person who made you feel so poorly in the first place. (Key word: imagine. Please don’t assault anyone with hot tea.)

4. Get Outside

This is the cliché one that everyone knows but nobody follows. It seriously works. Fresh oxygen is no joke.

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Whenever you’re sad or stressed, you get stuck in repetitive thoughts of how much your life sucks at the moment. It’s so easy to forget that you’re in a world with billions of other people, each with their own problems, each solving those problems everyday. Going for a short walk can help remind you to clear your mind and realize that your problems will also be solved and that you’ll feel better soon enough.

– S.

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