5 small ways to reset a bad day

Have no fear! Your pick-me-up is here.

We hope every day is a great day for you, but we know that less-than-awesome moments come along once in a while. Sometimes it’s a shitty situation, sometimes it’s hormones, and sometimes you’re just feeling crappy and don’t know why. If you’re looking for a few quick ways to boost your mood, here are five things you can try:

1. Walk it off.

Taking a stroll to lift your mood isn’t just a cute idea. It’s a credible way to shift your mood. Whether you head outside to get some sun or you take an indoor stroll, a few minutes of movement can make a huge difference.

2. Laugh a little.

Whether adorable animal videos make you smile or inspirational Instagram comedians are more your thing, laughter is nature’s mood booster. In fact, laughing lowers your blood pressure and releases endorphins which are the hormones that make you feel good.

3. Have breakfast (again).

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it can provide you with the energy you need to power your busy life. While having a bowl of cereal at 3:30 PM on a bad day doesn’t have actual health benefits, the act of preparing your favorite breakfast is a fun way to help you “restart” in a better mood.

4. Throw a dance party.

Just like walking or laughing, dancing it out is a physical activity that helps boost your mood. Pick the perfect playlist, and dance your heart out for a few minutes. Whether it’s a simple shimmy or a full-body thrust, you may find yourself breathless and (hopefully) in better spirits.

5. Phone a friend.

Sometimes a quick vent session with a great listener helps blow off some steam. The trick is to steer clear of the people who will make you feel even worse than you already do. Share your troubles with someone who can help you feel a little better.



P.S. If you think your “bad mood” is more than just a “bad day,” don’t be afraid to seek support. And if you’re worried that birth control is the culprit, here’s what you should know about birth control and depression.

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