30 Quick Hacks to Enhance Mood and Energy

Below are thirty things you can do to enhance your mood and energy. You could do one a day for the next month or do several together.

  1. Self-care. Put on your own air mask first. The truth is you are no good to anyone unless you take care of yourself first. Give yourself all you need to be a happy healthy person. Others will feel the benefits too! This month really focus on it.
  2. Write three things you like about yourself. It’s important that you focus on your good points as we all know that it’s so easy to pick out our “flaws”. Be nicer to yourself.
  3. Edit your social media feeds, and mute people who post things that don’t make you feel good.You don’t have to delete them, just mute them so you don’t have to suffer negativity.
  4. Take time to be still. Do a mini-meditation with one minute of focused attention on your breathing; and one minute of awareness of the body as a whole. Practice being present.
  5. Inhale an upbeat smell.You can also use a diffuser. Peppermint, lemon, orange or grapefruit oil are all great for boosting energy. If pregnant, make sure to check which oils are appropriate for you.
  6. Help someone.Carry a bag, open a door, or pick up an extra carton of milk for a neighbour. The anticipation of the result of your kind action releases dopamine in your body, which elevates mood.
  7. Take another route to work.Mixing up your routine in small ways creates new neural pathways in the brain to keep it alert and healthy.
  8. Scratch off something on your to-do list, something that’s been there for ages and when it’s done will create relief.
  9. Start a compliments file.Document the great things people say about you to read later.
  10. Jump on a trampoline or rebounder (mini trampoline). Jumping on a trampoline activates your lymph system, which takes toxins out of your body. It is also a form of low-impact exercise, which is great for your bones, and it encourage endorphin release. If you are unable to use a trampoline for whatever reason, you could do something else to get your energy up, such as jogging on the spot or clapping your hands (with a wide width span) above your head for 30 seconds.
  11. Schedule a few minutes every day to just have fun. Don’t overthink or judge, just play.
  12. Create a deliberate productive habit, doing something small in your life the same way each day so you create a habit you want.
  13. Fix a small annoyance at home that’s been nagging you, such as a drawer that’s stuck or a light bulb that’s gone.
  14. Pay complete attention to something you usually do on autopilot, perhaps brushing your teeth, driving, eating, or performing your morning routine.
  15. Do a mini-declutter.Take one thing from your wardrobe that you don’t love or regularly wear and give it to someone who will appreciate it. You don’t need clutter.
  16. Unplug for an hour.Switch everything to flight mode and free yourself from the pinging of social media, emails and calls.
  17. Get out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just talking to a stranger at the bus stop for a minute or trying a new skill. 
  18. Oxygenate by taking three deep breaths. Breathe into your abdomen, and let the air puff out your stomach and chest.
  19. Put on your favourite upbeat tune/song and dance.
  20. Look at your food choices.Pick two healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and rotate for the week.
  21. Make one small improvement to your diet for the week.Drink an extra glass of water each day, have an extra portion of veggies each meal or add wheatgrass to a smoothie, for example.
  22. Give your body a treat.Pick something from your wardrobe (or buy something new, if you can afford it) that feels great next to your skin.
  23. Get twenty minutes of sun, especially if you’re in a cold climate. You need vitamin D to be healthy and your body can’t create it on its own. You need sun, even if it’s hiding behind the clouds, so get outside and give your body what it needs.
  24. Have a good laugh on purpose.Watch a funny movie or clip, for example. Laughter releases endorphins (happy chemicals) that elevate mood.
  25. Take a quick power nap.Ten to twenty minutes can boost energy levels and make you ready for action. You’ll get twice as much done with renewed energy as you will struggling because of tiredness. Recharge!
  26. Use your commute for a “Gratitude Hunt.”Find five unexpected beautiful things on your way to work and inwardly say thank you for them.
  27. Choose who you spend your time with.Hang out with “radiators”, people who emit positivity. You don’t need to be drained.
  28. Get positive feedback. Ask two friends or family members to tell you what they love about you.
  29. Have a self-date.Spend an hour alone doing something that nourishes you. This could be reading, your hobby, visiting a museum or gallery, going to a park etc.
  30. Take a home spa.Have a long bath or shower. If having a bath, you could add some Epsom salts to relieve your muscles of any build up of lactic acid.

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