Small Movements that can Improve your Mood

Sep 17, 2018

Controlling your emotions is no easy task. When you need to feel better fast, acting like you feel better can actually trick your mind into feeling better. Timbercreek Communities wants to share several small movements that can improve your mood.

Mother & daughter hugging

Smile

Even forcing a fake smile can make you feel happier. When the muscles used for smiling are engaged, you’re more likely to find something funny. Learn more about the facial feedback hypothesis.

Got a Pen?

When you can’t muster even a fake smile, try putting a pen between your front teeth. Even forcing your face into a semblance of a smile can provide some stress relief.

Go to Your Happy Place

Move your mind to find relief. By calling up cherished memories in your mind, you can improve our inner sense of joy and well being. When we’re stressed, it’s harder to recall these memories. Try to recall an object, or details about the location where the memory took place. This technique is called the "method-of-loci" strategy. 

Breathe

Pay attention to your breathing. A proper inhale and exhale should cause your abdomen to expand and contract. Your chest and shoulders should remain relatively still.

Posture

Proper posture can enhance your mood, boost confidence, and make relaxed breathing feel more natural. Sit or stand straight and relax your shoulders.

Embrace Yourself and Move Toward Your Goal

The simple act of hugging yourself can reduce physical and emotional pain. Now, literally take a step forward. Put on your shoes to go to the gym. Step toward the door to tidy up your room. End the procrastination to improve your mood. Our brains can follow the lead of our bodies.

Timbercreek hopes these small but powerful movements help you pick yourself up when the chips are down. We all need some help from time to time. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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