10 Mood Lifting Ideas to Beat the COVID-19 Blues

Because we’ve all been living through crazy times.

By: Emmy Schneider-Green

If you could use some new mood lifting tips, you’re not alone. 

We’ve all been living through some of the craziest times that anyone can remember, and it goes without saying, our moods have been all over the place. If you’ve experienced the full spectrum of stressed, scared, anxious, lonely, confused, angry, sad in recent weeks and months, that’s totally valid. And it’s likely left you in desperate need of some mood-lifting tips and tricks.

Of course there’s the obvious – moving your body, practicing self care, feeding yourself healthy foods, staying virtually connected to loved ones – but here are a few creative mood-lifting techniques worth adding in!

10 Mood Lifting Ideas We’re Loving

#1 Take a Daily Walk “With” a Friend

It’s no newsflash you always feel better after a day at the beach or a hike in nature, and part of that reason is due to the hit of Vitamin D you’re getting from the great outdoors. Make it a daily habit to take a sunset walk each evening and document the sunset in your phone. Enlist a friend who’s down for doing the same thing and you can trade your photos in a shared photo album on your phone!

#2 Lose Yourself in a Book (And Zoom-Chat About It!)

Anyone who’s ever lost themselves in a page-turner already knows how a book can be one of the best mood lifting routes of all time. Add some much-need social time back into your life while you’re at it by creating a virtual book club where you meet over Zoom to discuss and chat!

#3 Journal it Out

If you’ve never journaled or have put the practice on the back burner, now’s an excellent time to bust open a new journal. The science shows there are very real benefits to getting your thoughts down on paper – it actually helps us process and make sense of what’s happening in our world which can relieve stress, boost mood, and even strengthen our immune systems!

#4 Pump up the Tunes

Missing live concerts? Us too! That doesn’t mean to have to lose the presence of music in your life though. While you’re working from home or starting or winding down your day, pump up to a playlist that you can’t help but dance to. Better yet, tune into a live streaming concert from your favorite artist!

#5 Get Your Heartrate Up With Dancing

We couldn’t not mention exercise! While we all know the benefits of moving our bodies, if you’re feeling the blues and need a mood lifting boost, why not change it up with something like dancing? If your workouts have begun to feel like a chore, you might be surprised how simply switching things up gives you a new challenge, a hit of endorphins, and a feeling of accomplishment.

#6 Set a Bedtime and Stick to It

Sleep makes such a huge difference on our moods and if like many, your sleep has been less than stellar lately, you may have almost gotten used to being sleep deprived. Getting your circadian rhythm back in check can have a massive impact on your mood.

#7 Start New Traditions

Are you missing brunch with friends, that biweekly pedi, or other traditions from pre-COVID-19 days? As we enter a new normal phase of life, it’s time for new traditions. Start an at-home date night, a weekly pizza tradition, a Zoom brunch with friends, or even something as small as a morning walk you never used to have time for.

#8 Take a Virtual Museum Tour or Catch a Concert

While we’ve gotten used to staying at home more, we’ve been seriously missing arts, music, museum trips, and culture! Luckily, we can get our dose of culture from home with many museums, musical groups, and even Broadway shows offering at home options for streaming and virtual tours. A quick internet search will give you lots of options to choose from.

#9 Have a Themed Dinner

Going out for dinner has taken a backseat in recent months for most of us. Whether you are living with roommates, newly dating or in a relationship, it can be challenging not to go out, but creative at-home dinner ideas can bring back some spark in your life. Try a culturally-themed dinner night!

#10 Marie Kondo Your Home

While we’re all at home much more, there’s never been a better time to “Marie Kondo” those closets, spruce what doesn’t serve you, and purchase a few items like plush throws, pillows, scented candles, or artwork that go a long way in boosting your mood.

Enjoy These Mood Lifting Tips!

At the end of the day, it’s not our circumstances that define our happiness levels, but the way we react and respond. 

Even and especially in difficult times, it’s up to each of us to use mood lifting tips like these to learn how to cultivate joy in ourselves, regardless of what’s happening in the world around us.