It’s springtime! And in the spring, we think about spring cleaning.  Cleaning out the garage, our cars, our cluttered closets.  What about cleaning out some of those grumpy moods or the sad or angry feelings you’re hiding inside?

Here are some ways to improve your mood.

  • Look in the mirror and smile. Seriously.  Sometimes our muscles have forgotten how to do it. Practice!  While you’re at it, find one quality about yourself that you like.
  • Exercise!  I know this becomes frustrating to hear repeatedly. However, there is concrete data, from research studies that prove that those who exercise are happier, and healthier.
  • Attitude of gratitude!   Say thank-you to those who have helped you.  Donate or volunteer.  Be generous to those around you.  Why not share what you have with others?
  • Sleep more.   As a counselor, this is the first thing I ask clients to change – sleeping habits.  Children and adults who are well rested are happier.
  • Journal your happy moments.  Find one thing each day, and write it down!   This can be finding an upfront parking spot at the mall, your toddler made it the entire morning with out a tantrum, or your spouse coming home on time from work.  The little things, added up can make a difference!
  •  Let it go!   Really, Let it go!   Let go of the things that weigh you down.  Those rocks that you carry each day can be exhausting.   Let go of someone else’s bad mood, a car cutting you off in traffic, or forgive your ex.  Letting go of past hurts can bring a refreshing sense of peace.

So while you are spring cleaning this spring, don’t forget to focus on your own well being.


Jennie Wilson is a child and adolescent therapist. She holds the credentials of a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor