A mood can change in an extremely short period of time — whether an unexpected life occurrence comes up or your brain isn’t as stable as you’d like to be that day. Life happens, but there are simple exercises you can incorporate into your routine to better control how you react.



Breathing exercises

Breathing keeps us alive, yet we hardly pay attention to our breath! Hyper-focusing on it can help you get out of a negative mindset and back to the present moment. Recommended by yoga practitioners, this breathing exercise below takes just a minute out of your day — and should be used more than once!

  • Inhale to the count of two
  • Exhale to the count of two
  • Inhale to the count of two
  • Exhale to the count of three
  • Inhale to the count of two
  • Exhale to the count of four
  • Inhale to the count of two
  • Exhale to the count of five


You don’t have to love writing to make this an every day coping mechanism to manage stress. Writing your thoughts down for just a minute shifts your focus. A journal is a no-judgement zone — with no one to tell you that you’re wrong or invalidate how you’re feeling. We love the “One Word” writing exercise. 

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Even if you don’t want to, force yourself to smile. Research shows that when it comes to happiness, faking it does help you make it. Whether you feel happy or not, a smile makes you feel happier and it also changes the way people respond to you.


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Everybody has a minute. Take some of these exercises and see how they impact your mood. It’s just a minute!

Final Thoughts

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s how you carry it.”

Lou Holtz


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