21 Itty Bitty Summer Pick Me-Ups to Boost Your Mood

It’s summertime and the sunshine is beaming, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re feeling so sun-shiny inside. Even the cheeriest of us have those days where we could use a little extra boost. Here are 21 little ways to brighten up your mood this summer. Feel free to add your own in the comments section!
  1. Squeezing in a little extra time with those friends that make you extra cheery
  2. Reading booklets, magazines and articles packed with inspirational quotes like the one above which is from an IIN magazine
  3. Escaping to the beach for a sun-kissed afternoon
  4. Getting out of the house/apartment & going for a long walk
  5. Shutting down all sources of technology (yes, that includes your iPhone!)
  6. Avoiding Facebook & twitter stalking for a day, and living your life rather than comparing it to others (think: I’m so jealous all my friends are at this party except me! I can’t believe she’s engaged! Her job is my dream job! Life is so unfair!) Try to remember there’s always another side to every person’s story…
  7. Reading a steamy summer romance novel
  8. Signing up for a 5K, 10K or half marathon in your area like the UnitedHealthcare Half in the beautiful Newport, RI.
  9. Indulging in that late-night cucumber martini + life discussions with a good friend (thanks Meg!)
  10. Organizing your closet by colors or seasons & making room for new must-have summer items
  11. Checking those “big” projects off your list once & for all. For me, this entailed organizing my group wellness program Mindful Steps, hosting another workshop on Controlling Your Cravings, and setting up a Corporate Wellness program on my website, specializing in company newsletter support. You all know how good it feels to check things off the list, especially those big things.
  12. Taking a blissful day 100% to yourself
  13. Painting, drawing, sketching or writing a letter to someone special
  14. Treating yourself to a kinda expensive dinner from your favorite restaurant
  15. Whole Foods salad bar. Enough said.
  16. Leaving work early on a Friday to get away for a long weekend of camping
  17. Next time you’re worried about something, attempting to envision your life in 5 years, 10 years, 15 years and asking, “Will this be an issue in the future?” 9 times out of 10, this helps me snap out of it and realize I’ll be just fine.
  18. Doing something completely spontaneous and out of the ordinary for you, even if that just means wearing red to work when usually you’re a black-and-white-kinda-gal.
  19. Painting your nails an ultra bright color like this hot orange Capri by Essie.
  20. Giving yourself a mini oatmeal facial or trying some of these other at-home beauty remedies to make your skin glow
  21. Embracing the now. Life is too short to be bumming, after all.

What would you add to this list? What are your top tricks for snapping out of a bad mood?


2 Responses to “21 Itty Bitty Summer Pick Me-Ups to Boost Your Mood”

  1. JEss Says:

    Just READING this list makes me so happy!! I’ve become a big fan of reading at night. No tv. no computer. no phone. just reading on the couch or on the deck with my husband. it’s so calming and zen-ish without all that other ‘noise’ interfering.

  2. Rachel @Healthy_Chicks Says:

    @Jess Sounds heavenly. I’ve been trying to shut down at least an hour or two before bed as well, and just light a candle, read and catch up with myself. Feels incredible, and I always have a better sleep.

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