We talk a lot about ways to boost your mood because having a random bad day here and there or feeling a little extra stressed is a part of being human. But just because we all get bad days sometimes doesn’t mean we shouldn’t always be working on happiness. There are many ways to get yourself out of a funk or just feel overall happier, like going for a walk, taking a bath, talking to your therapist, or eating your favorite meal. If you’re like me, a not-so-great mood can also push you into a little retail therapy. Money can’t buy happiness (unless it’s one of these ways), but sometimes, spending a few dollars on something that instantly brings you joy, helps get rid of stress, or squeezes a little self-care into your day can do the trick. Shop on for 20 products that could instantly boost your mood (now that’s some retail therapy I can get behind!).
We all have a lot on our plate right now (pun intended), and meal prepping, grocery shopping, and cooking can often be more stress on a long to-do list. Blue Apron wants to help you find more "me-time" to boost your mood and stress less, starting with new low-maintenance recipes that require less prep, less cleanup, and less time spent at the store. Because what's going to boost your mood more than a nutritious, delicious, and convenient meal delivery kit delivered straight to your door? It will save you time, energy, and (most importantly) stress.
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If you're feeling lethargic, unmotivated, or lackluster about your health/life goals, consider switching to this water bottle that will not only help keep you hydrated, but will offer time-stamped reminders throughout the day that you deserve, like "Well done!" and "You've got it!" 10+ colors available.
If you have five minutes to read, this is one of the most helpful and life-changing works of positive psychology because it teaches us how to actually be happy. "The Happiness Project" combines personal anecdotes, scientific research, and wisdom from the past to help us not only achieve happiness, but re-examine what we all want out of life. Talk about a mood boost.
Never underestimate the power of aromatherapy and the effect it can have on your mood. This candle uses notes like lavender, rose, and patchouli to engage your senses and help you feel more grounded, inspired, and connected to yourself. If you're looking for a little more positive energy and a little less stress, this is the candle for you.
Another one of our favorite methods to feel better instantly: meditation. Try meditating in one of the suggested positions with this yoga pillow to also stretch out the body for bonus points. Plus, having this pillow in the corner will remind you to get to your meditation practice, even during the busiest of days. 5 colors available
If journaling is more your style, make time for yourself to record your thoughts, feelings, and intentions. Whether it's first thing in the morning to set the tone for the day or a five-minute break whenever you need to, this journal is designed to boost your overall wellness. 3 colors available.
Sometimes all it takes for an instant mood boost is adding a final touch to your #OOTD that makes you feel extra special, whether that's a piece of jewelry, a hairdo, or a makeup look. Try a swipe of red lipstick before your next Zoom meeting for an instant oomph of badass confidence (or whatever makeup look or clothing item makes you feel your best). 15 shades available.
So you only have 30 seconds? Pick a card (any card!) to get a one-sentence affirmation for the day. Not only will reading the card to yourself instantly make you feel good, but you can repeat the affirmation throughout the day for a happy reminder any time you need one.
Sunlight is nature's mood booster, but sun isn't always readily available, thanks to long office days, cloudy weather, and the fact that SPF is a necessary step in our skincare routines (I repeat: necessary). Get the happiness effects of sunlight thanks to this affordable and easy-to-use light therapy lamp. It mimics the sun using full spectrum light to improve mood, energy, sleep, and focus, without the harmful UV rays.
Even if the world is starting to feel normal, it's still crucial to wear your face masks. Might as well be one with happy colors and an important reminder, right? Wear these masks to the grocery store, out for walks, or running (safe) errands to get an instant mood boost whenever you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror.
Thanks to all-natural and mood-enhancing ingredients like vitamin B6, organic St. John's Wort, and chasteberry, this nifty little supplement promises to deal with occasional stress or irritability, fight fatigue, and assist with mood changes associated with PMS (because sometimes a "bad day" just comes from a bad period).
Gratitude is not just a cheesy method your mom preaches or a polite "thank you" when someone does something for you. It's actually a key factor of happiness and an effective way to improve your mood. If making a mental list of what you're grateful for is not your thing, try this Five Minute Journal with prompts that will help you feel more confident, calm, and grateful.
If you struggle with reminding yourself that you are "talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular..." (cue the Lady Gaga meme), let a yoga mat do it for you. Whether you're going through flows, working out, or just have it laying out on your living room floor for later, you'll be served some important reminders about how awesome you really are.
If a busy workday or stressful to-do list is ruining your mood, try squeezing in a little pampering throughout the day to give yourself a break and serve as a check-in. I love a good facial massage to make myself feel pampered and cared for, but a cold facial massage? Extra luxurious.
Instagram superstar, Lalah Deliah, put her self-help wisdom into this comprehensive book that teaches we have control over our emotions (yes, including that bummer of a mood). "Vibrating Higher Daily" helps you make intentional day-to-day choices that lift you out of mindsets, habits, and lifestyles that don't serve you, and into ones that do.
Never thought a piece of clothing could impact your mood? Well you probably haven't felt these sweater shorts yet. Hop out of your uncomfortable jeans or form-fitting dress and into clothing that will feel like a warm hug. These shorts are perfect for warmer weather, but still feel just as cozy and comforting as your favorite sweats. 4 colors available.
Picture this: you've been working for hours, have barely gotten up from your desk, and you can feel your stress levels rising. So you take a break from your laptop, get up from your desk, check-in with your body, and light a candle that's called "Serenity" (and for good reason). How much better do you feel already? This mix of pomegranate, sage, patchouli, and cinnamon is the perfect way to soothe your senses into relaxation mode. More importantly, lighting a candle serves as a reminder to take breaks (no matter how short).
Get an instant mood boost every time you enter or exit your door with this gorgeous, happy, and colorful doormat. Not only will you get a ton of compliments (and compliments make you feel good!), but replacing basic items with extra special pieces can brighten up your day.
Whether you need stress-relief or an energy boost, these rollers have got you covered. With 75mg of CBD per roller, they work on a topical level to relieve pressure points, regulate mood, and ease topical discomfort. Use code “theeverygirl” for 20% off the first order!
Because there is nothing (and I mean nothing) more mood-boosting than an orgasm, right? Besides the fact that pleasure should be a key piece of a regular self-care routine, orgasms release happy hormones and allow us the important opportunity to care for our bodies.
This post contains a sponsored inclusion of Blue Apron, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.