2016 Mood Boosters

Raise your hand if you think you’re going to need a pick-me-up sometime between now and December 31.

Back in January, I wrote a post about getting through “Blue Monday,” which statistically is supposed to be the worst day of the year. Obviously, from taking a step back and reviewing the last 10 months, that was far from reality. Even though there’s still 2 more months before the end of the year, I thought we all could use a little list of mood boosters to power us through.

  1. Get outside.

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    The ocean is my mood booster

    Take a walk, go on a hike, pick apples—engage in any activity that involves getting some fresh air into your lungs.

  2. Put down the phone.

    Get off Facebook. Stop checking Twitter. Forget about CNN’s breaking news alerts. It’ll be good for you.

  3. Read something.

    If you prefer an e-reader, fine. But take some time to actually hold a physical thing in your hands and read it. For local reads, check out The Hippo, The Square, Yankee Magazine, or New Hampshire Magazine.

  4. Cook.

    Fall is here—which is the perfect time to perfect a stew recipe, whip up a CrockPot dinner, and wrap your home in delicious cooking things. I’ve been cooking up a variation of this curried chickpea recipe to put on salads and it makes the kitchen smell like a dream. Side note: If you’re thinking of cooking this recipe, I highly recommend stocking your shelf with Curry #2 from Stock + Spice in Portsmouth. All blends were developed by Black Trumpet Chef Evan Mallett, and they are amazing.

  5. Go out to eat.

    When cooking fails, go out and explore a restaurant you’ve never been to before. New Hampshire has a ton of amazing dining options—go check them out! Side note: Check out New Hampshire Magazine’s list of 2016’s best restaurants for inspiration.

  6. Indulge.

    There are candy and chocolate shops all over. Whether it’s The Candy Bar in Durham, Sanborn’s Fine Candies in Hampton, or Chutters in Littleton, there’s an indulgence waiting for you.

  7. Make time to relax.

    Schedule a massage, take a long shower, go to Brookstone and sit in one of those massage chairs—whatever you want. But take some time for you, you know?

  8. Watch this video.

    No, Seriously. Watch it. https://youtu.be/OfPKXGf69zA

What are things you do to boost your mood? Share your knowledge in the comments below!

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