There are moments when we all feel down and out, don't we?
Many factors are in play, with the 5 most common ones being:
Sleep deprivation: Lack of sleep can have a significant impact on mood, making it difficult to manage stress and leading to irritability and fatigue.
Hormonal changes: Women may experience hormonal changes during pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause, which can affect mood.
Nutrient deficiencies: Deficiencies in certain nutrients, such as vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and magnesium, have been linked to depression and other mood disorders.
Stress: The demands of motherhood, combined with other responsibilities such as work and household chores, can lead to chronic stress, which can negatively impact mood.
Lack of social support: Feeling isolated or unsupported can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety.
It's important for moms to recognize these potential mood downers, take steps to address them and find ways to pick ourselves up and stay positive.
Here are seven ways to instantly cheer up when you're feeling low.
1. Get Moving.
One of the best ways to boost your mood is by getting moving. Exercise releases endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals, which can help alleviate stress and anxiety. It doesn't have to be an intense workout; even a short walk can do wonders for your mood. Best part is, you can most likely do it with your little ones in tow by putting putting them in a stroller or baby-carrier (if they're small enough). So, if you're feeling low, put on your shoes and go for a brisk walk or a light jog (yes, even with a stroller), and you'll find that your spirits start to lift.
2. Connect with a Friend.
When you're feeling down, it's easy to isolate yourself, but this can make you feel worse. Instead, push yourself to connect with a friend or a family member. A quick phone call, text message, or video chat can help you feel less alone and give you a boost of positivity. It may also help to turn on the camera and have some Skype or Zoom time that includes your kids. It may give you the much needed break!
3. Listen to Music.
Music has a powerful effect on our mood. It can lift our spirits, calm us down, or energize us, depending on the type of music we listen to. So, if you're feeling low, put on your favorite playlist and let the music do its magic. Sing along, dance, or just listen to the lyrics, and you'll find that your mood improves in no time. If your kids are around (and if they're making you go crazy, include them in this dance session. It will instantly brighten up everyone's mood and create a free fun family activity.
4. Practice Gratitude.
Sometimes, when we're feeling low, it's easy to focus on the negative aspects of our lives. However, shifting our focus to gratitude can help us feel more positive and uplifted. Take a few moments to write down or think about the things you're grateful for in your life, no matter how small they may be. It could be the warm sun on your skin, a cup of coffee, or a kind word from a friend. Focusing on the positive can help you feel more optimistic and less stressed. Include your kids, even the little ones, in this positive thought-process, by asking them questions, such as "What did you enjoy most today/yesterday?" , "What makes you happy?" , "What do you think we should do when we feel sad?" , etc.
5. Engage in a Hobby.
Engaging in a hobby that you enjoy can be a great way to distract yourself from negative thoughts and boost your mood. Whether it's reading, painting, cooking, or gardening, find an activity that you love and spend some time doing it. It's essential to take a break from the stress of everyday life and engage in activities that bring you joy.
6. View Happy Family Photos.
Go to your photo folder in your phone and browse through your happy family photos from family trips or other fun events. Reviewing such moments will instantly warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.
If you're surrounded by your kids, it it might be helpful to show it on a bigger screen (PC/TV) so that everyone can enjoy watching together.
7. Take A Break. Right Now.
Pause whatever you're doing to drink a cup, or even half a cup, of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or even water. A quick snack of your favorite food will also do the trick. You'll be surprised, but taking just several minutes to be unfocused on your task will relax your mind and allow you to generate new energy.
Being a mom is busy and hard but remember that it does come with many rewards :)
The above seven ways to instantly cheer up can help you feel more optimistic and uplifted, no matter how challenging the situation may be. Bottom line: get moving, connect with a friend, listen to music, practice gratitude, engage in a hobby, remember your recent great experiences, take a quick snack break and you'll find that your mood improves in no time. And if it doesn't and you still continue to feel low, please never hesitate to seek professional help from your family doctor or a mental health professional. View or discuss many other trending topics at ProMaman's social media network excursively for moms who want to succeed in work and life. Join NOW!