Your rent is due. You forgot to do your homework, again. You feel isolated and helpless. These are all common causes for a bad day, especially as a struggling college student, but there are simple remedies to weaken the sting.
1. Open your blinds.
Something as simple and available as natural sunlight can boost your serotonin levels, and make it easier to smile on a bad day. The chemical serotonin is produced in your brain, and it is an important mood stabilizer that helps to reduce the effects of depression, according to Healthline. Opening your blinds or pulling open the curtains is an essential first step to feeling better.
2. Eat something.Giphy
Along with exposing yourself to sunlight, eating is another way to lift your spirits when you are down. Maintaining a healthy diet and meal schedule will help to regulate your brain's chemical levels throughout the day. Some foods that can raise your serotonin levels are red meat and cheese. No wonder hamburgers make people so happy.
3. Drink a cup of coffee or tea.
Another quick way to lift your spirits is to drink a steaming cup of caffeine. Dopamine and adrenaline enter the body through caffeine which can cause you to feel more energized, alert and cheerful. So, if you're looking for a quick fix to your bad mood, don't hesitate to splurge at your favorite coffee shop.
4. Listen to your favorite playlist.Giphy
Music allows for us to become inspired and uplifted. It is even used as therapy to assist people physically, socially and emotionally. Listening to music can help you take your mind off of things that are distressing, and indulging on your favorite songs will remind you that life is awesome.
5. Roll your windows down.
On a nice day, one of the best things to do for your mental health is to roll the windows down in your car. The sunlight warms your skin, fresh air fills your lungs and you are left with a feeling of freedom that is guaranteed to benefit your mood.