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Boost Your Mood Naturally - MINDBODY
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Published Thursday Oct 03, 2019 by Tiffany Davis

11 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Mood 

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When my schedule gets packed, and life is stressful, a heaviness comes over me and suddenly the world around me looks a little darker. In those times, making time to do something for me pulls me right out of my funk. Letʼs be honest, even the happiest person can sometimes use a “pick-me-up.”  There’s no such thing as being “too happy.”

Even if you aren’t in a funk, here’s a few fun ways to elevate your mood:

Send a handwritten note.

How often do you open your mailbox and get a handwritten note from someone you care about for no reason? Of course, during the holidays and birthdays, we get those sort of gifts, but I canʼt think of anything more uplifting than getting a note of love or gratitude on a random Tuesday. 

I am a mushy person to the core, so this activity brings me the utmost joy. Words of Affirmation are my love language. I love to tell people how I appreciate them in the form of words, and I feel most loved when I am told why a person is grateful for me or why they love me. Even if you arenʼt a mush like me, sending a handwritten note to someone who is on your mind is an awesome alternative to sending the traditional email or text. It will not only improve your mood when you write and send the note, but it will also shift your attention to feeling grateful. When your friend or loved one receives the note, they will feel amazing too—even if Words of Affirmation isnʼt their love language. You never know, it could come on a day that they need it most and there is no better way to boost your mood then by brightening someone elseʼs day.

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Send a handwritten note.

How often do you open your mailbox and get a handwritten note from someone you care about for no reason? Of course, during the holidays and birthdays, we get those sort of gifts, but I canʼt think of anything more uplifting than getting a note of love or gratitude on a random Tuesday. 

I am a mushy person to the core, so this activity brings me the utmost joy. Words of Affirmation are my love language. I love to tell people how I appreciate them in the form of words, and I feel most loved when I am told why a person is grateful for me or why they love me. Even if you arenʼt a mush like me, sending a handwritten note to someone who is on your mind is an awesome alternative to sending the traditional email or text. It will not only improve your mood when you write and send the note, but it will also shift your attention to feeling grateful. When your friend or loved one receives the note, they will feel amazing too—even if Words of Affirmation isnʼt their love language. You never know, it could come on a day that they need it most and there is no better way to boost your mood then by brightening someone elseʼs day.

Take a walk in nature.

This doesn’t have to mean taking a nature hike, walking on a beach, or finding the perfect meadow. Letʼs be realistic on this one–taking a walk in nature can simply be a walk around your neighborhood. Just remember to leave your cell phone at home. Get out and take in the sights, the sounds, and smells of your surroundings. Look at things with new eyes. You may see something you havenʼt noticed before. 

Just this week, in an effort to pull myself out of a post-vacation funk, I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood. I brought my dog, who forces me to slow down and smell the roses–or in her case, the tree that the previous dog peed on. We came upon a beautiful tree that had the most vibrant red autumn leaves falling from it. I live in Southern California, so this is a rare treat that I found to be a blessing. I stopped, picked up two of the leaves, and saved them. When I returned home, I felt a new sense of connection. To get out and breathe in the fresh air, hear the birds chirping, and see the wonders of nature was just the pick me up I needed. Try it out; even if you have to bundle up to walk around the block, I promise it will shift your mood and clear your mind.

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Take a walk in nature.

This doesn’t have to mean taking a nature hike, walking on a beach, or finding the perfect meadow. Letʼs be realistic on this one–taking a walk in nature can simply be a walk around your neighborhood. Just remember to leave your cell phone at home. Get out and take in the sights, the sounds, and smells of your surroundings. Look at things with new eyes. You may see something you havenʼt noticed before. 

Just this week, in an effort to pull myself out of a post-vacation funk, I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood. I brought my dog, who forces me to slow down and smell the roses–or in her case, the tree that the previous dog peed on. We came upon a beautiful tree that had the most vibrant red autumn leaves falling from it. I live in Southern California, so this is a rare treat that I found to be a blessing. I stopped, picked up two of the leaves, and saved them. When I returned home, I felt a new sense of connection. To get out and breathe in the fresh air, hear the birds chirping, and see the wonders of nature was just the pick me up I needed. Try it out; even if you have to bundle up to walk around the block, I promise it will shift your mood and clear your mind.

Help someone out.

We are all so caught up in our own little world most of the time. Whether it’s lending an ear to someone who needs to talk, doing a chore that your partner typically does, helping a friend find a job, or just giving a really good hug, it always feels good to get out of our heads and help someone else out for a change. Itʼs just like the old saying, “to give is to receive.” It is a win-win for everyone.

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Help someone out.

We are all so caught up in our own little world most of the time. Whether it’s lending an ear to someone who needs to talk, doing a chore that your partner typically does, helping a friend find a job, or just giving a really good hug, it always feels good to get out of our heads and help someone else out for a change. Itʼs just like the old saying, “to give is to receive.” It is a win-win for everyone.

Give a genuine compliment.

Iʼm not saying you should search to find something to compliment someone on, but when you see something compliment worthy, speak up. We are usually our own worst critics and often times when I offer up a compliment to someone, they instantly retort with something that makes it obvious that they donʼt see themselves in that way. One of the best compliments I have ever gotten is, “I wish you could see yourself through my eyes.” Wow, what an honor. That compliment made me realize that I often see myself in one way, which is way harsher than I would allow someone else to treat me. 

I am continuously amazed at how other people see me. You never know how you look in other people's eyes. You never know what kind of day a person is having, or how good or bad they feel. If they feel good, you will make them feel even better, and if they feel bad, it could change their whole outlook. Just make sure it is genuine, we are intuitive beings and can easily tell when someone is insincere.

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Give a genuine compliment.

Iʼm not saying you should search to find something to compliment someone on, but when you see something compliment worthy, speak up. We are usually our own worst critics and often times when I offer up a compliment to someone, they instantly retort with something that makes it obvious that they donʼt see themselves in that way. One of the best compliments I have ever gotten is, “I wish you could see yourself through my eyes.” Wow, what an honor. That compliment made me realize that I often see myself in one way, which is way harsher than I would allow someone else to treat me. 

I am continuously amazed at how other people see me. You never know how you look in other people's eyes. You never know what kind of day a person is having, or how good or bad they feel. If they feel good, you will make them feel even better, and if they feel bad, it could change their whole outlook. Just make sure it is genuine, we are intuitive beings and can easily tell when someone is insincere.

Cross something off your to-do list.

You know the list, the one that has one or two daunting items. The items on your list that make you feel like doing those things would be like the equivalent of having to run a marathon? I certainly have those lists. I get great satisfaction from crossing things off of lists, thatʼs just how I roll. But, there are always those couple of items that I put off because they are annoying little things I donʼt feel like doing.

It feels so good when I finally just bite the bullet and do it. The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that comes with crossing things off your “to-do” list acts as an instant “pick-me-up.” Even if it is something as little as putting gas in the car. Man, I really donʼt like putting gas in my car, but I do love crossing it off my list.

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Cross something off your to-do list.

You know the list, the one that has one or two daunting items. The items on your list that make you feel like doing those things would be like the equivalent of having to run a marathon? I certainly have those lists. I get great satisfaction from crossing things off of lists, thatʼs just how I roll. But, there are always those couple of items that I put off because they are annoying little things I donʼt feel like doing.

It feels so good when I finally just bite the bullet and do it. The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that comes with crossing things off your “to-do” list acts as an instant “pick-me-up.” Even if it is something as little as putting gas in the car. Man, I really donʼt like putting gas in my car, but I do love crossing it off my list.

Be grateful.

Make a mental list of all that you are grateful for. Ready? Go. It can be anything from how a cup of steaming hot tea warms your entire body, the way it feels to look up at the stars, or gazing at the perfect sunset. The way it feels to sit next to a crackling fire, enjoying a perfectly blended smoothie, or something as big as being lucky enough to have two legs to walk on and two lungs to breathe with. What are you thankful for? Think about it, revel in it. You will find that the littlest things, the biggest things, and everything in between that you have to be thankful for far outweigh lifeʼs daily struggles. Trust me; this is coming from a reformed “glass half empty” kinda gal.

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Be grateful.

Make a mental list of all that you are grateful for. Ready? Go. It can be anything from how a cup of steaming hot tea warms your entire body, the way it feels to look up at the stars, or gazing at the perfect sunset. The way it feels to sit next to a crackling fire, enjoying a perfectly blended smoothie, or something as big as being lucky enough to have two legs to walk on and two lungs to breathe with. What are you thankful for? Think about it, revel in it. You will find that the littlest things, the biggest things, and everything in between that you have to be thankful for far outweigh lifeʼs daily struggles. Trust me; this is coming from a reformed “glass half empty” kinda gal.

Sweat it out. 

Seems like a no brainer, but exercising can sometimes feel like the biggest task of all. Being active doesnʼt have to entail hours pumping iron at the gym, or endless miles on the treadmill. Take a yoga class, jog around your neighborhood, ride your bike, try a new booty kicking barre or sculpt class at your local studio or gym. Working out provides a proven natural high. By moving your body, you are working out all the stale, stagnant energy that lowers your vibration, mood, and motivation. Think of it like this; you will never feel worse after a workout.
 

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Sweat it out. 

Seems like a no brainer, but exercising can sometimes feel like the biggest task of all. Being active doesnʼt have to entail hours pumping iron at the gym, or endless miles on the treadmill. Take a yoga class, jog around your neighborhood, ride your bike, try a new booty kicking barre or sculpt class at your local studio or gym. Working out provides a proven natural high. By moving your body, you are working out all the stale, stagnant energy that lowers your vibration, mood, and motivation. Think of it like this; you will never feel worse after a workout.
 

Clean up.

By clearing out the clutter in your surroundings, you are literally, and metaphorically, making space in your life for new energy. Having clean, organized surroundings allows for more productivity, freedom, and clarity. You will feel the difference in both your mind and body. When your surroundings are out of order, what else is out of order in your life, and how is it slowing you down?

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Clean up.

By clearing out the clutter in your surroundings, you are literally, and metaphorically, making space in your life for new energy. Having clean, organized surroundings allows for more productivity, freedom, and clarity. You will feel the difference in both your mind and body. When your surroundings are out of order, what else is out of order in your life, and how is it slowing you down?

Get silly.

I donʼt know about you, but I tend to take myself and–life in general–way too seriously sometimes. When I let my inner child run free, and check my ego at the door, I feel a sense of joy that can only be explained through a smile that spans ear to ear and a laugh that sings freedom. My old boss taught me the best trick. He would always say, “sometimes you just need to wiggle it out.”

When you are feeling a little too “adult,” heavy, or are in a heated discussion with your partner; try it. Stop what you are doing and “wiggle it out.” Just let it all go, make noise, wiggle every part of your body until you canʼt possibly take anything too seriously. It lightens the mood in seconds flat, invites your inner child in to play, and changes the entire dynamic of whatever situation you are dealing with. So, go ahead, get silly– wiggle it out.

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Get silly.

I donʼt know about you, but I tend to take myself and–life in general–way too seriously sometimes. When I let my inner child run free, and check my ego at the door, I feel a sense of joy that can only be explained through a smile that spans ear to ear and a laugh that sings freedom. My old boss taught me the best trick. He would always say, “sometimes you just need to wiggle it out.”

When you are feeling a little too “adult,” heavy, or are in a heated discussion with your partner; try it. Stop what you are doing and “wiggle it out.” Just let it all go, make noise, wiggle every part of your body until you canʼt possibly take anything too seriously. It lightens the mood in seconds flat, invites your inner child in to play, and changes the entire dynamic of whatever situation you are dealing with. So, go ahead, get silly– wiggle it out.

Cuddle a furry friend.

If you donʼt have a pet, love on someone elseʼs pet. The love of a pet is pure and unconditional. They donʼt care if they know you or not, pets donʼt expect you to be a certain way, they donʼt have egos, they just love. Pets offer us some pretty valuable lessons as humans. Spend time enjoying a pet, observe them, cuddle with them, appreciate them, learn from them. Pets are a  mood elevator when you look at them as teachers who donʼt speak.
 

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Cuddle a furry friend.

If you donʼt have a pet, love on someone elseʼs pet. The love of a pet is pure and unconditional. They donʼt care if they know you or not, pets donʼt expect you to be a certain way, they donʼt have egos, they just love. Pets offer us some pretty valuable lessons as humans. Spend time enjoying a pet, observe them, cuddle with them, appreciate them, learn from them. Pets are a  mood elevator when you look at them as teachers who donʼt speak.
 

Spend time with good company. 

I always say, “my favorite place to be, is in good company.” There is nothing quite like a good conversation, or the presence of like-minded and light-hearted people to raise your energy. Energy is contagious, so make sure the energy you surround yourself with lights you up from the inside out.
 

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Spend time with good company. 

I always say, “my favorite place to be, is in good company.” There is nothing quite like a good conversation, or the presence of like-minded and light-hearted people to raise your energy. Energy is contagious, so make sure the energy you surround yourself with lights you up from the inside out.
 

Tiffany Davis - San Diego Marketing Manager
Written by
Tiffany Davis
San Diego Marketing Manager
About the author
A California girl with an East Coast heart, Tiffany is a mom to a 22-year-old son, a newlywed, music lover, and book worm. She moved to San Diego ten years ago chasing summer, and never looked back. She works with local San Diego fitness, wellness, and beauty businesses to create community, educate, and support them in the growth of their dreams. You can find her at all sorts of fitness classes and events all over San Diego.
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Published Wednesday May 20, 2020 by Sara Lesher

When Salons Near Me Reopen: What To Expect From The First Visit Back

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Salon

Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut

Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes. 

Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:


Going the distance

As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions. 

On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.


Keeping it clean

In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.

In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest. 
 

literally check ourselves out

Checking yourself out 

After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.

Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.


Switching it up

All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.


Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.

Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.



MINDBODY. “COVID-19 APP USER SURVEY #5.” MAY 2020.
Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).