It’s September! One of my favorite months! It’s getting cooler here in the Northeast and the weather is just perfect for sleeping. What more could you want?! While this is a great time of the year for some of us others are perhaps in need of a bit of mood boosting. Here are some great suggestions I have used in my own practice and with my coaching clients, which have tried and true track records. I’ve added the citations for some backup but I promise, these all really work well!
Sing in the shower. Or on your way to work, or in the stairwell of the parking garage! Music therapists believe that singing boosts your mood. (Singing Changes Your Brain Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins. Time magazine By Stacy Horn Aug. 16, 2013) Bonus: singing also enhances immunity by increasing antibodies that fight sickness, according to one German study.
Socialize! Get out there into the world. As a Thriving Individual I know you like to get out there but in times of greater stress its easier to stay home and isolate a bit. Don’t! Do something with a friend or family member; focus on what’s happening for someone else. (Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health Discover the connection between health and friendship, and how to promote and maintain healthy friendships. By Mayo Clinic Staff)
Meditate. You’ve heard me say this before but it’s another tried and true method for lowering blood pressure and heart rate, slowing down your breathing and generally helping your brain calm down so it can enjoy the surroundings. Harvard recommends it, Google has an entire employee class on the topic, most CEOs of Fortune 500 companies report engaging in the habit ~ how bad can it be?
Find, seek, uncover your purpose. The more we focus on the bigger picture, the overarching goals of what we hope to achieve it’s easier to let go of small setbacks, minor aches and pains. Improving our mood, reducing stress and keeping us mentally sharp don’t hurt either. As a Thriver how can you not do this? (Harvard Health Letter, June 2014).
Spend your money wisely. Spending money on experiences rather than things is a more reliable route to a good mood than not. As a Thriver you will laugh, smile and have a good time with that lunch you had with a friend (and socialize too!) more than if you went out and purchased something material to take home. To get more happiness for your dollar, splurge for experiences instead of stuff. From Women’s Health magazine comes this: Miriam Tatzel, PhD, of Empire State College surveyed 329 shoppers and found that “experiencers”—consumers who are easygoing about spending on a great meal out or a concert, for example—are happier than those who lavish their money on material goods such as clothes or jewelry. (Prevention online)
And the most tried and true of all – exercise! Just about the oldest and most reliable method going to boost your mood right now. Getting out to take a walk, go for a bike ride, a jog around the park or a few minutes doing pushups and lunges will improve your health, your mood and your attitude. If you do it at a gym you’ll get the added bonus of socializing and that might even qualify as spending your money wisely!
Need help with any of these suggestions? Give me a call! Have your own mood boosting method? I’d love to hear it! Wishing you all the best for your September, the fall and all the Thriving you’ve got ahead of you this month!