I hope you are doing well. Summer is in full effect and I can’t say that I am too mad about it. We had a rough start to the season here in California. Last month we experienced June gloom. For those of you that are not familiar, June gloom is a series of dreary days. Contrary to popular belief, the sun does not shine everyday in LA. It may not rain in southern California but we do have some cloudy days. Things finally took a turn for the better and all is well in the world.
I never realized how much of an effect the weather has on my mood until a few weeks ago. It was a struggle to get out of bed and be productive. After realizing the clouds were the reason I was feeling down I decided to get up and do something about it. Having a good day does takes some effort however it is possible. Here are my tips:
- Decide to have a good day. For the most part, whether or not you have a good day is a choice. I like to think of it as mind over matter.
- Get your mind right. Pray, meditate, or listen to music. Do whatever helps to clear your mind and boost your mood. It only takes a few minutes of your time however it will set the pace for your day.
- Get dolled up. When you look good, you feel good. Spend a little time to make yourself up (shower, do your hair, put on makeup and put on a cute outfit). I find the process itself to be transformative. Getting dressed can be quite calming. It helps you to get your mind off of things. And you receive the added benefit of looking good.
- Get out. There is nothing like fresh air when you are feeling low. Something as simple as going for a walk can help boost your mood, energy level and productivity.
- Do Something. Being productive is a great way to improve your day. You’d be surprise at how crossing just one thing off your to-do list can change things around. If you can’t be productive, do something you love (paint, dance, sing, write, etc.).
- Spend time with family and friends. This is always an instant mood booster for me. Call a loved one to catch up. Or meet up with your girlfriends for drinks. You’ll be glad that you did.