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You have the choice to decide how you feel today.

 

Even the happiest woman wakes up on the wrong side of the bed from time to time. She may snap at her spouse or lose patience with her children. She may complain to a client or fume at a coworker. Each time she does it, she’ll feel worse—but she doesn’t have to. We all have “bad” days, and the first step to turning one around is to recognize when we’re in a foul mood. Only then can we take five minutes to practice one of these virtually instant emotion-improving exercises.

 

1. Focus on your breathing. When you direct your attention to your breathing, it’s tough to think about anything else. This is a great little break for your mind and a quick way to boost your mood. Find a quiet space to sit (even a bathroom stall will do) and inhale slowly through your nose. Feel the air expand into your belly, hold it there for a second or two, and then breathe out slowly through your mouth. Repeat this exercise for five minutes.

 

2. Stretch out your neck. Many of us hold tension in our necks and shoulders. The worse your mood, the stiffer these muscles are likely to become. Fortunately, it’s easy to stretch this area of your body. You can do a few minutes of simple neck rolls anywhere, even at a stoplight or in your office desk chair. Releasing tension will refresh your mind and lift your spirit.

 

3. Fake a smile for a while. The simple act of smiling—even if you don’t really mean it—causes the release of endorphins that boost your mood. The next time you’re in a funk, spend five minutes consciously turning that frown upside down. Added bonus: your bright smile just might improve someone else’s day as well.

 

4. Take a power walk. A brisk, five-minute walk—preferably out in the fresh air—will help you reduce stress, quiet your mind and improve your mood. If the weather is less than optimal, try walking up and down stairs in your home or office building or doing laps around the hallways. Squeeze at least 30 minutes of brisk walking into your day and you can improve your cardiovascular health as well. Now that’s something to smile about!

 

5. Do a few intervals. Much like walking, simple bodyweight exercises will also boost your mood. Because they don’t require equipment or much space, you can perform them in your living room or office (even if you work in a cubicle). For a quick pick-me-up, try rotating through 30-seconds of jumping jacks, 30-seconds of squats, 30-seconds of push-ups and 30-seconds of crunches two to three times.

 

At Kwavi.com, we believe every healthy day is a good day and a healthy day should be joyful.  For more fitness and lifestyle inspiration, visit our website at www.kwavi.com/blog/.

 

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