5 Ways to Make Your Day Better in Under a Minute

You can’t always prevent a bad day from happening, but you can stop it from keeping you down.
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You can’t always prevent a bad day from happening, but you can stop it from keeping you down.

When you’re having a tough moment, it’s important to take a minute to turn your mood around so it doesn’t ruin your entire day.

These five methods of improving your day quickly aren't going to solve all your problems, but they will help to improve your mood and get your day back on track. Sometimes a small adjustment is exactly what you need to stop feeling overwhelmed and turn your momentum in a more positive direction.

1. Count your blessings. Our lives are full of blessings, but we get so wrapped up in feeling like we never have enough that we overlook the great things we already have. When you’re feeling stressed, take a minute to remind yourself just how blessed you are. Think of 5 things that you’re grateful for in that moment. The more specific you can be about your gratitude, the more calm you will feel. Are you grateful for your spouse and your family? Why? What about them makes you the most grateful?

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2. Make a cup of tea. Tea helps to lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Green tea also helps to boost your metabolism. When you’re having a tough day and just need a break, fix yourself a cup of tea. A nice, hot cup of tea gives you a moment to pause and reflect so you can move on from whatever is getting you down.

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3. Watch cute animal videos. Animals are so adorable, and they can also be good for your productivity. Researchers at Hiroshima University have found that watching videos of cute animals can trigger care-giving impulses, which can improve your overall performance. That’s because you’re more likely to be attentive and focused. The next time you’re feeling stressed, head over to YouTube and check out some kitten or puppy videos!

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4. Stretch. A minute isn’t enough time to go for a walk, but you can still get in a mini workout. Exercises like squats or wall push-ups will get your blood flowing and increase your energy levels. Walking up and down the stairs a few times will do it too. Even a just a few short exercises will get your endorphins flowing again.

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5. Doodle. Doodling mindlessly on a piece of paper may seem like a waste of time, but a study from Applied Cognitive Psychology has found that doodling helps you focus and it improves your memory. So feel free to doodle while you’re stuck on a long phone call or in a meeting. It can give you a mental release when you’re feeling overwhelmed, leading to more positive and creative thoughts.

The most important thing to keep in mind when you’re experiencing a bad day is that you are in control of your emotions and it only takes one small, mindful action to turn your mood around. What action will you try the next time you’re having a bad day?