32 Ways To Change Your Mood In 10 Minutes

20 Dec

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As learned from trial and error, tears, and 28 years of experience with minor to major bad moods.

 

1.   Text five people you love and tell them why

Get as specific as you can.  Remind them of how important they are to you and exactly why you love having them in your life.

 

2. Make a cup of your favorite tea

Take your time.  Let the kettle whistle, the mug warm your hands.  Sip and calm.  Make it a ritual. Make it sacred.

 

3. Breathe

Stop everything and breathe for 10 minutes, actual, practiced breaths.

 

4. Go on a walk

Breathe some more.

 

5. Listen to that one playlist

The one that doesn’t include Fiona Apple but does include happy feelings.  No Fiona Apple.  She is banned from bad moods.

 

6. Self soothe

Break out your trendy adult coloring book or pull out the Play-Doh. Don’t think about anything but the lines or the shades or the shapes.

 

7. Plan something

Look up some service project and commit to it.  Text a friend you haven’t seen in a while and pencil in a date on the calendar.  Have something, anything, to look forward to.

 

8. Get something done

Not that terrible phone call to your health insurance provider that will take most of your afternoon and all of your patience.  Tackle something minor on your task list.  Then make a list of the two other things you need to do in the day to be productive.  Go do those.  Boom.  Accomplished.

 

9. Read your favorite words

Pick up your favorite book and read your favorite passage. Go to the blog that makes you laugh.  When in doubt, there’s always Anne Lamott’s FB page, sure to change you from the inside of your organs out.

 

10. Stretch

Stay in each position slightly longer than is comfortable.  Rest.  Stretch.  Rest stretch.

 

11. Make a list of everything you’ve accomplished in the last month

Remind yourself of everything you’ve accomplished, big and small.  Remind yourself, especially of the intangible things.  Of the times you were mindful, of the characteristics you have worked on.

 

12. Dance it out

Pretend you’re Meredith Grey.  Remember dancing makes you brave.

 

13. Perform some small beauty task

Shave your legs.  Pluck your eyebrows.  Paint your fingernails a shimmering gold or give yourself that sugar scrub facial.  Whatever it is you do, do it right now.

 

14. Shower

So simple!  So powerful!  Make it a real shower too. Cleanse your face.  Deep condition your hair.  Do those things that get lost in the three minute showers of “Oh I’m late and why is it work today.”

 

15. Put on lipstick

Comb through your knotted hair.  Get out of those pajamas.  Wear the cute shoes.  Pretend for a minute you’re a person who gets ready for the day.   Now you are that person who gets ready for the day.  Look at that.

 

16. Leave the house

Get in the car.  Put on music that you like.  Go do an errand.  Right now.  Any errand. You ended up at Bed Bath & Beyond getting a free foot massage?  Good girl.

 

17. Go to your third place

The place after work and home that you like to spend your time.  Starbucks? Trader Joe’s? The library?  Go there and breathe in the air.  Go there and do nothing.  Or rather, go there and do everything you always do.

 

18. Write

Don’t have anything to write about?  Put words to what you did today. How you feel.  How you want to feel.  How your lunch tasted.  How you want it to taste.  How you hate lunch with a burning passion and don’t know how to go about beginning to express it.

 

19. Eat a fruit or vegetable

It’s amazing what an apple and peanut butter can do for a low mood.  Was it all low blood sugar?  Was it too many onion rings?  Eat a banana, grab a pack of baby carrots.  Remember all hope is not lost.

 

20. Call your mom

Or your best friend.  Or whomever it is who gets you to your core.  The person that you can break down and they don’t pity you or respond in a shocked way.  They say, I love you. I see you. Let’s talk about it.

 

21. Clean

It’s a simple and complicated as that.

 

22. Turn off your phone

The world will live on for the next 10 minutes.  Do not check Instagram.  Do not collect $200.

 

23. Plan a meal

Find a new recipe, see if you have the supplies you need.  Maybe even go to the store!  That deserved an exclamation!

 

24. Pray/meditate

Whatever you call it, however you do it.  Now is the time.

 

25. Watch that clip you love.  Share it with someone you love.  Discuss why you love it.

Tell me all your feelings on this.

 

26. Write an email/letter to your grandma

Or grandpa.  Someone senior in your life.  Ask them questions about their life.

 

27. Send a handwritten thank you note

Spend your time.  Make it worth something, not just a “thanks for the gift card!” You’ve forgiven them for the gift card.  Maybe you were happy with the gift card!  This is not about the gift card.

 

28. Attempt a complicated dance routine

Such as this.  Laugh at yourself.  A lot.

 

29. Plan out future Christmas/birthday/whatever gifts

How are you going to understand someone else?  Do you even understand them?

 

30.  Take a bubble bath

Let your toes grow pruney and your thoughts grow soft.

 

31. Edit photos of a happy time

Remember that feelings aren’t final and experiences evolve and once, not long ago you were somewhere else feeling other things.  Get existential here.

 

32. Drink a cup of water

The whole thing.  Right now.  Maybe another one.  There you go.

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3 Responses to “32 Ways To Change Your Mood In 10 Minutes”

  1. Heidi December 21, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    I love all your posts but this one is especially fabulous. thank you.

    • jillianlorraine December 29, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Christine December 21, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    This post is on point.

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