5 Things You Can do to Boost your Mood
Life during a pandemic has its many challenges and can easily affect the way we feel. “Your mental health is just as important as your physical health,” says Gregory Galbreath, PIH Health Family Medicine physician. “Taking the time to do things for yourself can have many benefits and contribute to a healthier, longer life.” If you have been feeling down or not motivated, here are 5 things you can do to give your mood a boost and lift up your spirits.
1) Music: Put on some headphones or take a drive and blast your favorite tunes in your car. No matter where you are, listening to music can almost instantly make you feel better.
2) Laughter: Whether it is binge watching your favorite comedies, listening to a funny podcast or talking and laughing with a friend, laughter is known to make us feel better because it triggers the release of endorphins. Take some time to laugh!
3) Run: If you enjoy running, take yourself to your favorite track or find another scenic place to run.
4) Take a hike: Explore a new hiking trail or visit one of your favorites. Pack some trail mix, take some company if you’d like, and enjoy nature.
5) Meditate: Take some time to yourself to relax your mind. Meditation can be done anywhere so long as you are alone and can avoid distractions. Take deep breaths, focusing on your inhales and exhales. Do this for a few minutes or for as long as you wish.
Whatever it is you choose, remember that your mental health is also important. Talk to your primary care physician if you experience severe mood swings, depression or thoughts of suicide. To find a PIH Health physician near you visit PIHHealth.org/Find-a-doctor.