20 Tips to Boost Your Mood Naturally

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Mental Health

Some days staying positive and upbeat can feel like an uphill battle. Maybe it was a stressful day at work, a fight with a family member, or even just an off day (or year)! 2020 was a tough year no doubt and as we approach the middle of winter, winter blues on top can mean an all time low for some. If you’re finding yourself in a funk as of late, read through these 20 tips to boost your mood naturally.

  1. Move your body – go for a walk, yoga, workout, dance
  2. Spend time outdoors in nature
  3. Listen to upbeat music (& dance!)
  4. Laugh – increases dopamine (the feel good hormone) & oxytocin (the love hormone)
  5. Give someone a hug – increases oxytocin (the love hormone)
  6. Call a friend
  7. Do something nice for someone else – pay it forward or backward, compliment the first 3 people you see, write a positive comment on social media, the list is endless..
  8. Talk to a stranger – when was the last time you connected with someone you didn’t know?
  9. Practice gratitude – what (or who) are you grateful for?
  10. Smile – trick your brain into a happier mood
  11. Pet therapy – pet a dog or cat
  12. Get creative – do a puzzle, paint a picture, write
  13. Declutter – clean up and organize your space to reduce cortisol spikes (the stress hormone)
  14. Decorate your space with things that spark joy – go ahead and buy those flowers, light that candle!
  15. Diffuse some essential oils – lavender, citrus, mint
  16. Take a break – stop what you’re doing, take some deep breathes and make time for something that brings you joy
  17. Take a bath/shower
  18. Take a break from social media
  19. Eat food – real food, do your best to avoid the processed and refined foods
  20. Take your supplements – multivitamin/mineral, B vitamins, vitamin D, magnesium, omegas – talk to your healthcare provider to find what is best for you.

Most importantly keep it simple! Pick a few things on the list that you can focus on and be consistent with them to form a habit. If you continue to find yourself in a funk, reach out to your healthcare provider for support.