I woke up this morning feeling like quite the grouch. I didn’t sleep well last night and just felt off when the alarm started blaring at 5 a.m.
Ryan and I drove to the gym and I couldn’t shake my bad mood until I was about halfway through my leg workout. Thankfully I am feeling much happier now and as trivial as it may seem, I think I can attribute my mood shift to Whitney Houston.
Any time her music comes on my iPod, I just want to dance and sing which makes it awfully hard to remain in a funk. When “I’m Every Woman” started blaring this morning, I had to smile. I used to listen to my grandmother’s copy of The Bodyguard soundtrack and sing my heart out to Whitney when I was a little girl, so the sound of her incredible voice always lifts my mood and makes me want to sing at the top of my lungs. (Fortunately for those at the gym this morning, I refrained.)
As I sat down to type up this blog post, I started to think about other ways I try to improve my mood when I’m not feeling like myself and can’t seem to shake a grumpy attitude.
Some of my go-to mood boosters:
- MUSIC. This is a big one for me. Music is so powerful and a catchy or nostalgic song can do wonders when it comes to improving my mood. When I worked at a job that made me absolutely miserable, Pandora was instrumental in making each day a little more bearable.
- Think about one thing I’m looking forward to in the coming week. By looking ahead toward something fun that is on the horizon, I almost always begin to feel excited for something in the future which makes the grumpy present not so bad.
- Get outside. If the weather is nice enough to venture outside, breathing in some fresh air helps me feel rejuvenated. Long walks with Ryan and Sadie are my favorite!
- Play with Sadie. Sadie is always joyful and always in the mood to play. It’s impossible for me not to feel happier when she is running around like a total nut job, trying to coerce me into yet another round of fetch.
- Call or text friends. My college girlfriends and I have an ongoing group text and they make me laugh and smile every single day. If I’m feeling like garbage, I know they will lift my spirits and make me laugh.
- Begin a new craft project. I really enjoy working on random craft projects, so starting something new, especially something that will end up being a gift for someone else, allows me to zone out and concentrate on a project that will hopefully make someone I care about smile, which makes me smile, too!
- Go for a run. “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!”
- Bake something sweet. Making a sweet treat from scratch always makes me feel better! Who can be grouchy when they’re snacking on cookie dough?
Breakfast this morning began with coffee!
Add that to my list of instant mood-boosters!
While I sipped on my hot cup of coffee, I prepared a plate of scrambled eggs and a toasted whole wheat English muffin with strawberry jam for a sweet and savory breakfast.
Not too shabby!
Question of the Morning
- What is one thing you do to try to improve your mood on days when you’re feeling unusually grumpy?