The doldrums: They aren’t just reserved for winter. And while adding a few plants to your space, adopting a daily journaling habit and catching up with loved ones can be helpful, sometimes (read: Sundays) we just need a quick, low-effort hit of serotonin. Here, five easy ways to feel happier right this instant.
5 Things to Do to Feel Happier Right This Instant
2. Take A Power Nap
Remember when you were a cranky kid and your parent’s excuse was “they’re just tired…”? There are plenty of studies—like this one from Japan—that link a short span of shut-eye to positive mood. The best length, according to a sleep expert? A so-called “power nap” of about 20 minutes—just enough rest to reset yet not enough to potentially enter into deep sleep.
4. Catch Some Rays
…After applying your daily sunscreen, of course. According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics, regular sun exposure can increase serotonin and vitamin D, which helps with mental health and overall wellbeing.
5. Blast The Feel-good Tunes
The lo-fi beats of your “WFH playlist” are great and all, but sometimes you just gotta jam to Whitney Houston or Harry Styles. And if you’re so inclined to dance like no one’s watching, we can almost guarantee that frown will turn upside down.