I acknowledge that I’ve said this before, but these are weird times we’re living in with a global pandemic ongoing. Life isn’t the norm right now, and we don’t have a sense of when it might become so again. For me, this causes anxiety and feelings of sadness and worry. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling this way, so I thought I would do something fun and share some of my favorite mood boosters.
1. Dance Party
I’m starting with my silliest, but favorite, suggestion – have a dance party! It’s a fun way to get off of your couch or desk chair and get some movement in. I blast a fun song, like Uptown Funk or Dance Monkey, and dance it out! I am a terrible dancer, so don’t worry if you don’t have moves like Jagger. Be silly, break out an old school move, and have fun with it!
2. Video Chats
The primary way I’m connecting with my friends and family during social distancing is through video chat. I had at least one video call each day last week, and I could feel my mood increase each time. It can be something quick, like a 15-minute coffee break with a friend, or something longer like an hour-long chat with your whole family. My favorite lately is to chat with my friend and her 18-month old baby girl. She’s so entertaining, and it always brings a smile to my face.
3. Handwritten Letters
This one was an idea from my 12-year old cousin. She asked if she could write me a letter and of course, I said yes. I told my friends about it, a few of them asked for one as well. Granted, I don’t have any notebooks in my apartment, but I grabbed some printer paper and a colorful pen and got to work. Everyone was excited to receive their notes from me, and I can’t wait for mine in return.
4. Do Something Creative
A broad suggestion, I know. What gets the creative juices flowing varies for each of us, so find what works for you. Some ideas include coloring, knitting, cross-stitch, writing, or drawing. Utilizing your creativity will help your brain to focus on something other than the stressful world we’re living in, and you’ll end up with a tangible product to show off.
5. Go for a Walk
I discussed the benefits of going for a walk in a recent post, but I can’t reiterate this enough. Getting out in some fresh air can feel so good. Soaking up Vitamin D from the sun can be refreshing. I know some locales require wearing a mask outside, which isn’t the most comfortable, but even if you have to mask-up, a few minutes outdoors can boost your whole mood.
6. Play a Game
The last two Fridays, my friends and I have played trivia through Kahoot, where we can write custom quizzes. It was a great way to engage with one another and challenge our brains at the same time. You can also try the House Party app or connect your Facebook to various games with friends.
None of these suggestions will eliminate your anxiety or fears, but they can certainly serve as a distraction. Hopefully, they can bring a smile to your face! Comment below with your favorite mood boosters!
And that’s all for today, friends. See you next time!
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