Nine Ways to Boost your Mood in Three to Nine Minutes
Connection to Breath – pause what you’re doing. Set a timer for five minutes. Sit with your feet touching the floor. Close your eyes and focus on the natural rhythm of your breath. When you breathe in, feel your connection to the earth. Feel the light of the sun or moon shining over you when you breathe out. Stay connected to your breath for the duration of the timer. Give thanks with a loving smile. Do you feel a difference?
Dance Party – pause what you’re doing and dance for five – nine minutes to your favorite song/s. Move your body! Deeply feeling the joy of being alive and moving along to your favorite songs. Smile wide and give thanks for movement, song and dance.
Connection to Nature – sit with a plant/ flowers admiring its beauty and the role it plays in your life. If you can, go outside (barefoot on the earth is the best way) look for all the beautiful ways nature surrounds you. Admire its beauty and with your heart give thanks.
Gratitude List of What’s Already Working – pause what you’re doing. Set a timer for five – nine minutes. Find a cozy nook, a piece of paper or journal and grab your favorite pen. Extra bonus is to sit with a cup of your favorite tea. While the timer is keeping track of time, think of all the things that are working right now and give thanks for each one. Remember to be specific and allow yourself to fill up with the feeling of gratitude.
Lion Pose – pause what you’re doing. Set a timer for three to five. Take a deep breath in through your nose and on the exhale open your mouth, widen your eyes, stick out your tongue with a HAAA sound. Keep doing this until the timer is done.
Jumping Jacks – pause what you’re doing. Set a timer for five – nine minutes. Put on a favorite song and jump in place arms wide – clapping as you jump – you know jumping jack style. Enjoy the childlike carefree joy of your jumping jack energy break.
Massage your Feet – pause what you’re doing. Set a timer for two minutes and 30 seconds. Find a cozy spot to sit in and your favorite foot cream. Here are a couple favorites: Burts Bee’s Coconut Foot Cream and Footnanny Shea Butter Whip. Begin by fitting your fingers in between your toes and giving them space and room to relax. With both hands focus on one foot at a time and massage (with your fingers) from the ball of your foot to the heel. Take your time, remember to breathe. When the timer goes off switch to the other foot.
Headstand – pause what you’re doing. Set a timer for five – nine minutes. If you know how to do a headstand do it. If not, find a clear spot where the floor meets the wall. Line your booty up against the wall with the top half of your body lying on the floor allow your legs to be held by the wall. Essentially, you’re in a “L” shape with your legs up. Breathe and enjoy with your eyes closed.
Creativity – pause what you’re doing. Set a timer for five – nine minutes. Find a cozy nook, a piece of paper or journal and grab your favorite pencil. Extra bonus is to sit with a cup of your favorite tea. While the timer is keeping track of time, begin to make a sketch of something that makes you smile or something you love. Try to keep it simple. Here are some quick ideas: favorite fruit, favorite plant, favorite animal, ocean or woodland creature. If you still have time left use some paints, markers or my favorite go-to, watercolors to paint in your sketch.
May this post help you lift your spirits and inspire you to dream, to grow and to create in fabulously authentic ways. May we all deepen our sense of creativity, cultivate positive change, fulfillment and joy in our lives and take time to acknowledge all that we have to be thankful for! I truly appreciate your friendship, your continued support and generous referrals.
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xo, Judith Rae