The ability to pick yourself up when you’re feeling sad or down is a sign of strength and self-empowerment. This skill will ultimately help you better deal with life’s ups and downs, thus making you more resilient. As a result, it will help build your self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence.
There are so many ways you can cheer yourself up. Here are seven tips to try today:
Smiling is an easy tool to help shift your mindset from negative to positive. Scientists say smiling creates a happiness feedback loop in the brain. When we smile, our facial muscles fire a signal back to the brain, which increases levels of endorphins, our happy hormones. The loop: When our brain feels happy, we smile. When we smile, our brain feels happier.
Laughter is truly the best medicine. Studies show that laughter helps release chemicals in the brain that make you feel happier and even feel less pain. Watch anything that will make you laugh. Whether it’s a cartoon, sitcom, movie, or stand-up comedian, it’s harder to cry when you’re too busy laughing.
Nothing is more powerful at energizing and mood-shifting than music. Listen to songs by your favorite artists or songs that make you smile, sing, or dance. The right song can lift your spirits in an instant. Music has the power to remind you of better days from the past as well as give you hope for better days to come. So, if you’re in the car, roll the windows down, crank up the volume, and sing your heart out. Don’t worry about what you sound like. The act of singing is a great way to process your emotions. If you’re home, dance it out! Dancing boosts circulation in the body. Blood flow will help clear your mind and boost the release of endorphins in the brain, our feel-good chemicals. You’ll be happier in no time.
Sometimes a great way to get out of the space you’re in is to actually get out of the space your in. Get out of your normal routine by going on an adventure. An adventure can be as simple as going shopping at the mall, going to the beach, having a picnic at the park, going to a different coffee shop, or eating at a different restaurant. It can also mean going to an amusement park, museum, or zoo, going on a road trip, or traveling the world.
Studies show several benefits to cuddling with your fur baby. Cuddling reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that is also responsible for anxiety and depression.. Cuddling also releases dopamine and serotonin in the brain. These chemicals also help relieve depression and may make you feel happier. Holding your pet and stroking its fur also helps keep you calm and focused on the present moment. Feeling calm helps you feel more in control of your emotions.*
Whether you're volunteering at a charity, non-profit organization, nursing home, or even your neighbor, helping others is a great way to lift your spirits. Helping someone less fortunate than you or in a harder life circumstance gives as sense of purpose. Seeing your ability to make a difference in the world will also boost your self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence. It will also help you appreciate your own life, despite the circumstances you’re facing. Lastly, it will help you cultivate gratitude.
When you look good, you feel good. Freshen your mood by freshening up your wardrobe with a new outfit. Treating yourself to new duds is a great way to practice self-care and turn your frown upside down. Buy an outfit in a color that makes you smile, feel calm, feel energized, or makes your eyes pop. Make sure the cut complements your body shape and fits you well so that you can sit, stand, and move comfortably. Find a style that suits your current lifestyle, reflects the latest fashion trend, or gets you out of your comfort zone. Being bold and daring in fashion can be enough to perk up your look and perk up your outlook.