What’s inside this article: 20 activities that require two minutes or less of your time, but can provide you with an instant boost in mood.
These super simple, mood-boosting activities, will help you find a little extra joy in 2 minutes or less.
Next time you’re feeling down, and want a pick me up but can’t get away from your responsibilities to really unwind, try a couple of these and see how you feel!
1. Roll your shoulders
We sometimes hold stress and tension in our shoulders, plus if you sit at a computer desk, do a lot of driving, or have been looking down at your phone, it can make your shoulders stiff.
Spend a couple minutes rolling your shoulders – one minute forward and one minute backward.
You’ll immediately feel less tense!
2. Get rid of the clutter around you
Clutter amplifies stress and even causes anxiety for a lot of people.
Get rid of the clutter in your current work area – put that coffee mug in the sink, straighten out your paperwork, wipe down your keyboard.
3. Be quiet
A couple minutes of quiet will help transform your mood. Step away from the noise and go to a quiet place. Set a timer, close your eyes, and just listen to the little noises around you.
4. Listen to an upbeat song
Music influences your mood. Put on your favorite upbeat song for an instant lift.
Choose to be happy. That is the only way to find happiness.
– Debasish Mridha
5. Chew gum
Researchers found that chewing gum lowers cortisol levels, which is the hormone responsible for stress. Chewing a piece of gum can improve your mood and may also reduce anxiety levels.
Other research shows that chewing gum can improve focus, so try this one when you’re trying to get stuff done.
6. Open a window
Get some of the stale air out of your work or living space. Fresh air can help you feel energized and improve your mood, especially if you’ve been cooped up inside all day.
7. Drink a glass of cold water
Water is good for your health. It increases energy levels and improves your mood.
If you’d like – infuse your water with lemon for some extra vitamin C, strawberries, or cucumber and mint.
8. Sun Salutation
A sun salutation is a series of yoga poses that warms, strengthens, and aligns the entire body.
Try it first thing in the morning or through the day if you need a little pick me up.
9. Light a candle
Lighting a candle instantly creates a cozy, warm environment that lowers stress and just makes you feel good.
There are also different candle scents known for their uplifting qualities, like vanilla, citrus, peppermint, and jasmine.
10. Eat a piece of chocolate
Chocolate is a mood booster.But, it’s not just because it tastes good that eating chocolate makes you happy.
Studies show that eating dark chocolate actually works chemically to improve your mood. Dark chocolate contains compounds that stimulate endorphins in the brain.
11. Check something off your to-do list
Checking things off you’re list means you’re being productive, and feeling productive makes you feel happier. When you make your to-do list, include smaller tasks on your list that you can do within a couple of minutes but move you closer to your larger goals.
12. Pet your cat/dog
Stroking your loving fur baby has a way of rapidly turning your mood around.
13. Tell someone you love them.
Telling someone you love them makes you feel good. But, that’s not all.
Showing someone that you care has a positive effect on them too.
When someone else’s happiness is your happiness, that’s love.
-Lana Del Rey
14. Kiss someone
Since you’re already telling them you love them, kiss them too.
Kissing releases neurotransmitters that activate the parts of your brain that manage pleasure, and also lowers stress levels.
15. Write down 3 things you’re thankful for
Just grab a pen and paper and jot down 3 things you’re thankful for right now. It can be anything from your family, to your comfy bed, to the new lipstick you bought that looks fantastic.
Drawing your attention to the positive things in life makes you feel better.
16. An Act of Kindness
Doing an act of kindness brings joy to everyone and can be done quickly, and simply.
My favorite thing to do is pay for the order behind me as I go through the drive-thru. You could also donate to a charity, or give a stranger a compliment.
Small acts of kindness can have huge rewards.
The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up.
– Mark Twain
Singing helps distract you from whatever’s on your mind. Plus, when you sing, your brain releases endorphins that make you feel happy.
18. Eat a banana
Bananas contain tryptophan, a chemical your body converts to serotonin for a boost in mood and energy.
Tryptophan also helps regulate blood sugar and reduce mood swings. PMS? Eat a banana!
19. Look at inspirational quotes
Look online for inspirational quotes that motivate you and lift your spirits. When you find some that are meaningful to you, save them to your phone or print them and hang them on the fridge so they’re there when you need them.
20. Care for your nails
Taking care of your finger nails is a simple act for self-care that you can complete in two minutes.
Apply some lotion, push back your cuticles, and file your nails.
Your mood and your hands will thank you for it.