5 Mood-Boosting Activities to Try When You’re Feeling Blah
Blah is a great way to describe the general feeling of the last year and a bit. There have been highs, of course, as well as lows and then there are the days where things feel just a bit ordinary. With the current goings-on around Australia, it’s understandable if you are experiencing these days a little more frequently of late.
For those days when your mood needs a little lift, there are a few activities you can engage in to do so. And, you can do these on any day, at any time to help put a pep in your step. From listening to music to calling a friend, try these the next time you want to lift your spirits.
Take a Stroll in the Sunshine
Sunshine can feel incredibly healing at times, so if you’re in need of a little pep up, try to get outside and soak up some sun (with sunscreen, of course!). Sunlight exposure is said to boost the brain’s release of serotonin, the hormone that is responsible for stabilising your mood as well as feelings of wellbeing and happiness.
Watch a Cute Animal Video
Feeling a little frazzled? Shake it off by watching an animal video, which has been shown to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. In fact, research from 2020 found that 19 participants who consumed video clips of animals like quokkas, baby gorillas and tiger cubs experienced a collective reduction in anxiety levels by 35 percent, with some individuals experiencing a 50 percent decrease. You’ll have a smile on your dial in no time.
Volunteer Your Time
There are many mental health benefits associated with volunteering including increased life satisfaction, social interaction and coping ability. If you’re looking for a productive way to spend your free time, and for a little mood boost in the process, consider volunteering your time with a local organisation or charity.
Call a Friend
It might sound like a fairly obvious way to break out of a funk but we couldn’t leave it out. When you’re feeling like you need a lift, calling a friend is a great way to do this. Research suggests that strong friendships can actually help you cope with stress more effectively and, according to Healthline, can lower your chances of facing certain types of stress in the first place.
You don’t even need to talk about why you’re feeling blah to your friend, but the process of making the call and chatting to them, or video calling, can make a seriously positive change to your mood.
Listen to Music
The power of music is pretty amazing, with research showing that music can boost feelings of happiness and reduce anxiety. A study from 2013 found that people who listened to upbeat music were able to significantly improve their moods and happiness levels in just two weeks. The next time you want to improve how you’re feeling, consider popping on your favourite music to lift your spirits.
If you or anyone you know is struggling and needs support, call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14, both of which provide trained counsellors you can talk with 24/7. You can also speak with someone confidentially at Headspace by calling 1800 650 890 or chat online here. If you are in immediate danger, call 000.