How to lift your mood

3 Ways to Lift Your Mood

If you’re anything like me, you know those days when you wake up in a bad mood. Maybe you had a stressful day yesterday, a fight with your spouse, or there’s no apparent reason at all. Yet, you know it’s going to be harder to face your to-do list today and to follow your regular routine.

Our emotions have such a big effect on our life. How we feel affects our mood, our decisions, our actions and, therefore, also our results. Especially when you’re someone with big goals and a big vision for your life (and I bet you are!), you have to get out of your comfort zone, constantly.

Control your emotions, control your life

However, getting out of our comfort zone can be scary and challenging. It takes effort to make the conscious decision of doing something rather uncomfortable, compared to staying in a place where we feel safe. Yet, the only way to grow, to achieve those big goals and to design a life we love, is to do the things we know are necessary. Even though, it doesn’t always feel like a walk in the park.
 
However, when we feel good, we feel more in control, more confident, and more capable. Therefore, being in a positive state is important when we want to make positive changes in our lives. But of course, it’s not as simple. We don’t always wake up in a good mood.
 
Personally, I often wake up anxious. My mind tries to wander to all my fears and wants to endure in negative self-talk the moment I open my eyes.
 
That’s why my morning routine is the most important part of my day, and designed to put myself into a positive, empowered state. I move my body, I actively decide where to focus on, and I practice to think positively formulated thoughts.
 
Those three forces – our physiology, our focus, our language – control our emotions. A concept Tony Robbins calls the triad. The REALLY good news is, that by learning how to control these three forces, we learn how to master our emotions. That means, we’re not at the mercy of how we feel, but can actively take charge and control it!
 
Being able to shift your mood from a bad one to a good one is a true superpower. However, you don’t need to be born with that superpower. You can practice it – one day at a time. And by practicing those three forces, you’ll become unstoppable.
 

1- Move your body 💪

How you use your body affects how you feel mentally and emotionally. That’s why, changing your physical state is one of the quickest and most effective ways to change your mental emotional state. Stand up straight, shoulder back, smile, deepen your breath – and you’ll notice how you feel more confident, calm and alert.
 
If you need a more radical shift in your emotions, go for a more radical shift in your body. The easiest way to actively move yourself out of a funk, is by doing 50 star jumps. Or my favorite, dance in the kitchen to upbeat music (hint: I recommend Justin Bieber). Starting your day with physical exercise – even if it’s just 10 minutes – is the best you can do to make sure you’re in the emotional, mental and physical state you need to be in to have an awesome day. You have the power!
 
Here’s my favorite 10-min energy yoga flow. You always have 10 minutes. No excuse.
 

2- Stay in control of your focus 💎

Our focus determines our reality. You can choose to focus on what’s wrong or you can choose to focus on all that’s right. In both cases, you’ll find enough evidence to back up your view. That’s why by changing your focus you change how you feel.
 
When we focus on all that’s wrong, we become sad, angry or anxious. When we focus on all we’re grateful for, everything that’s beautiful in our lives, we feel joy, lightness and love. You can try it out for yourself. First, write down all that’s negative in your life. You’ll notice how you get miserable. Then, create a long list with all the things you’re grateful for, your family, friends, your health, that you’re alive. Instantly, you can feel the joy rising within your body.
 
As I mentioned, when I wake up my focus automatically tends to go towards anxiety. That’s why I made it part of my daily routine to actively shift my focus to where I want it to be, and where it’s empowering. In the morning, I write down my intention for the day, how I want to feel and where I want my focus to be. In the evening, I write down 1 thing that I’m proud of that day (to increase my confidence and celebrate my wins), and 1 thing I’m truly grateful for. You don’t have to be wired to focus on the positive, but you can sure well train your brain to focus on all that’s good.
 

3- Be aware of your language 📣

Our language is part of our emotional experience. You speak to yourself all the time – internally and out loud. When you ask yourself “Why am I such a mess?”, or “Why won’t I ever get it right?” it creates a entirely different emotional response as saying “I feel a little confused. What’s a good way to gain clarity?” or “I don’t know yet how to do this, how can I find out?”.
 
In fact your brain is an answering machine and when you ask negative questions, it will make sure to find the answers. That’s why asking yourself better, more empowering questions is a super fast way to get more empowering answers.
 
What language you use determines how you feel. The first step is awareness. Start to pay attention to your inner dialogue, and encourage yourself to speak more kindly – like you would talk to a friend.

First awareness, then action

It all starts with awareness! Before you change how you feel, you first must become aware. Aware that you didn’t move your body, or that you’re focusing on the negative, or that you’re talking yourself down. And right after awareness comes action.
 
Because all the magic happens in the doing.
 
Here’s my 3-min Instant Happiness Routine

You can follow this quick and simple routing every morning and whenever you like to lift your energy level:

  1. Do 50 star jumps
  2. Write down 5 things that are positive in your life, that you’re grateful for. Feel the gratitude moving through your body.
  3. Set your intention for the day (or the next hour). How do you want to feel?
 
Now you know all my secrets and I’d love to hear from you:
 
What do you do to get yourself out of a bad mood? Share it with us in the comments. It might just be the tipp that somebody else needs to hear today!
 
With SO much love & positive vibes 💕
Chrissi

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