How To Improve Your Mood Immediately (And Long-Term)

Simple actions with big consequences.

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There are certain things in life that can impact our mood and happiness so indirectly that we may not even realise the impact they are having at the time.

The fact of the matter is that we all have the ability to improve our mood almost immediately, and long-term if we continue to remain conscious of the seemingly minor factors that contribute to our emotions.

Exercise more.

The more I exercise, the more I realise just how much it impacts my mental wellbeing.

Aside from the fact that exercise releases endorphins (which is old news), exercise can completely change the way you think and feel about yourself.

The difference between how I feel after a week of no exercise compared to a week that I have is huge. Even if there’s close to no difference physically, I feel like a completely different person.

Exercising can make you feel strong, fit and powerful. It instils a strong sense of self-worth. Exercising can be both accessible and free, and the benefits can be paramount.

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Clean & de-clutter your home.

Having a messy home or workplace can have huge effects on your mood, and having a messy home comes in two-fold.

First, we are talking about simply tidying — picking everything up off the floor, vacuuming, mopping, dusting. The first layer of cleanliness to help improve your mood.

Knowing that you have a basket full unwashed clothes, a dishwasher to unload, a floor to vacuum and mop, clothes to hang up, bags to unpack and a fridge to clean out can linger over you.

Coming home instead to freshly washed sheets and a clean and tidy home is a different kind of bliss. It can be immediately calming.

The second layer is de-cluttering. Most of us have far too many belongings. Our homes are full of useless and unnecessary items.

Go through your home and bin the things that no longer feel of worth or value to you or anyone else in your home. Donate the ones that might be worth something to someone else but are unwanted by you.

  • Haven’t worn a piece of clothing in a year? Donate it.
  • An article of clothing has holes in it and is irreparable? Trash it.
  • Your kitchen drawers are full of old forms, bills and letters that are no longer important? Recycle them.
  • A box of chords so big that you no longer know which goes where? Keep the ones you’ve used recently and discard of the rest.
  • Photos and memorabilia strewn around the house? Go to Ikea, buy some storage boxes and sort things out.

This second layer of de-cluttering and organising takes a certain level of initiative and effort. But the after-effects are well worth it.

Only keeping the things that you need or love have huge impacts on your mood on a day-to-day basis. Afterall, your home should be your oasis, away from mess and stress.

Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle. — Marie Kondo

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De-clutter your digital space.

De-cluttering your digital space can be just as important as de-cluttering your home. Afterall, most of us spend a huge chunk of our time on tech.

  • Clean-up your desktop and organise your folders
  • Delete the apps you no longer use
  • Unfriend and unfollow people/friends you no longer see or like
  • Unfriend and unfollow people/friends who no longer make you feel good
  • Organise your photos into albums and save them on a hardrive to keep them safe
  • Print off photos you love to frame for your home instead of keeping them unseen on a computer
  • Delete photos from your computer and phone that aren’t special or important — you don’t need 12 photos of the same setting or group of people. Choose the best, delete the rest.
  • Unsubscribe from any unimportant emails and spam
  • Clear up your bookmark tabs and organise the remaining ones into folders
  • Delete your old profiles on platforms you no longer use. Yeh, see you later, Myspace.

The clutter on your digital spaces can weigh you down, metaphorically speaking of course.

By deleting, removing, organising and unsubscribing, you’ll clear up your space and free your mind, feel less stressed and improve your overall happiness and wellbeing. It really can be that simple.

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Plan an event.

You’ve probably seen many how-to/self-help articles telling you that you need to find beauty in the everyday. Hell, I even wrote one.

But sometimes, the mundane is simply mundane.

You may be able to find small windows of happiness, like going to the beach after work on a warm, summer’s afternoon, but it still follows working 8+ hours for ‘the man’.

The key to instilling a permanent sense of happiness and excitement is to always have an event or activity booked in that you can look forward to.

Whether it’s a party, get-together, concert, beach trip, holiday, games night, road trip or anything in-between, start to plan something that you can look forward to.

Give yourself a light at the end of the tunnel. Something you can think about whenever things start to feel a bit dull or depressing. Having something to look forward to will immediately lift your mood.

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Final note.

Exercising, de-cluttering and plotting exciting events for the future are simple actions that can have huge effects on your current state of happiness and contentment. Set yourself up to be able to feel good everyday.

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