You can turn a bad day into a good one in just ten minutes if you know how to. No matter what your day has in store for you, a positive outlook and a few ten-minute tricks can absolutely turn it around.
No matter what your day brings, you can turn it around in just ten minutes! Here are ten ideas to boost your mood and have a perfect day.
1. Re-plan your day
Look at your plan for the day, is there something in this plan that’s causing you anxiety or negativity? Sometimes, the easiest way to improve your day is just in re-planning it. Take your planner and start re-shuffling your day, see where you can delegate some tasks, or try to chip away at the difficult tasks that are hanging over your head as soon as possible rather than leaving them on the bottom of your list.
2. Go outside
Mental fatigue can cause you to have a bad day, or react to things badly, studies have shown that restoring your mental energy is as easy as going outside. City scenes don’t have the same effect as nature, so try to find a park to walk through or have a ten-minute sit in a garden.
3. Assess your hydration
Drinking more water is a pretty obvious tip, but if you are feeling bad or having a bad day, start by assessing your hydration levels. Your body will tell you if it needs more water, so listen to it and see if you feel better after drinking a bottle of water.
4. Science says small talk is good for you
Researchers at the University of Michigan found that small talk is actually good for you. The more you can talk to your co-workers and bond with them, the better you’ll perform (and feel). In studies, people who spent time small-talking with other participants performed better at cognitive tasks, meaning that in theory, small-talk with your co-workers can make you better at your job.
5. A quick re-set is all you need
Find yourself somewhere quiet during your lunch break and put on a guided ten-minute meditation with Headspace. All you need is a quick re-set of your mind and your values to help you feel more positive and productive. Allowing your mind to rest for ten minutes will help you come back feeling better.
6. Flood your brain with dopamine
Dopamine is the feel-good chemical that helps motivate you and gives you an increased hit of happiness when you need it. You can boost your dopamine in different ways, studies have shown that ten minutes of increase aerobic activity will boost your dopamine significantly, so will listening to classical music and trying your hand at something creative.
7. Learn something new
Being on a journey of continuous learning can only make you happier and more productive. Take some time to think about what you want to learn that will help you be (and do) better. Do you want to learn a language or a new skill? Now have a look at where you can learn what you want to learn on the go, you might be able to sign up for a service like SkillShare, or FutureLearn. Ten minutes a day isn’t much, but it will add up in the long-term.
8. Read an extract
If you need to boost your brain, give yourself ten minutes to read something you enjoy, whether it’s an extract of a book, poetry, or an article on your favorite website. Try to stay away from the news because it won’t always make you feel positive, instead, lift yourself up by reading something that makes you feel happy or educates you.
9. Take a photo
According to a new study, taking (and posting) one photo a day can boost your well-being. According to CNET, the study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that taking photos of an experience increases the happiness you feel towards it. So take photos and feel happier!
10. Write a journal
Just five minutes of focused journaling can help you be more positive, connect better with the people around you and make note of your deeper feelings. This will help you process your emotions better and become happier.