15 Easy Things You Can Do That Will Help You To Feel Happier In The Next 5 Minutes

Every day isn’t always the best day, but when that happens, we have the power to turn it all around. It’s our responsibility to shake off a bad mood, and move onto greener pastures! Here are some ideas to help kick a rotten day to kingdom come…

  1. Get a drink of water.
    You could be dehydrated! Your body needs water. Not juice, soda, or alcohol — get a tall glass of water and make yourself drink all of it.
  2. Make your bed.
    When you have a lot to do and it feels overwhelming, making your bed can be the first step in getting your life on track. It will also (hopefully) discourage you from getting back into it.
  3. Try something new.
    Break out of your routine and mix things up! It can be as simple as walking down a different street  — anything to just get off of autopilot and be present where you are.
  4. Take a shower.
    Life feels different when you’re clean! And it can give you a burst of energy if you’re feeling lethargic. Wash your hair and give yourself a head massage.
  5. Leave a note.
    Make someone’s day by leaving a “you’re beautiful” note on the bathroom mirror.
  6. Have a snack.
    Of healthy nutrients! We’re talking fruit, veggies, and protein. When your body feels good your brain will follow. If you don’t feel like making a whole meal, maybe eat just a piece of fruit; something you can burn throughout the day and not in a burst of five minutes.
  7. Take a walk.
    Just a few minutes of fresh air can give you a fresh perspective. Give your body some natural light, breathe some different air, move your legs a little, even if it’s for just five minutes. Allow yourself to think about some different thoughts.
  8. Turn up music you really love.
    Play it so loudly that it soaks in through your skin. Dance in your pajamas. Feel the pain lift.
  9. Change your clothes.
    Even if you aren’t going to leave the house today, put on real clothes. Or, if you’ve been wearing the same uncomfortable clothes all day and feel restless, change into your sleepy clothes and slippers and relax.
  10. Help someone.
    Feeling down? One of the quickest ways to pick yourself back up is to do something kind for someone else. Bonus feel-good points when it’s random and not expected of you.
  11. Do something.
    Whether it’s sending an email or clearing the clutter off your dining room table, just getting one tiny little thing off your to-do list and onto the ‘it’s done’ list will give you a huge mental sigh of relief.
  12. Change your environment.
    Staring at the same four walls day after day can be drudging. Can you work from a cafe, a library, or a friend’s house? If you can add going somewhere to the list of things you did today, you may feel more accomplished.
  13. Get some exercise.
    Do some cardio, work up a sweat. If you don’t have the time for a whole workout, look up a sun salutation on YouTube and stretch for as long as you have time. Do some push-ups or sit-ups at your desk.
  14. Hug an animal.
    If you don’t have a pet, can you visit a friend’s? Or can you go to an animal shelter?
  15. Learn something new.
    Whether it’s reading a wiki about a topic that interests you or watching a quick Youtube tutorial, the digital world is full of ways to learn things fast and on the go. Bonus: Get your free month of learning valuable skills & knowledge right now!

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20 thoughts on “15 Easy Things You Can Do That Will Help You To Feel Happier In The Next 5 Minutes”

  1. I don’t make my bed, but I do clean… and it helps! Gets the heart rate up, I feel organized, and when I feel organized, I want to tackle things that have slowing me down 🙂

  2. Make the bed – that one works for me. Esp with a quilt on top that I really like. Every time I walk through the bedroom I feel happy – and if the bed’s not made I feel awful

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