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23 Ways to Get Out of a Funk: Tips for Aspies

Here are some quick and effective ideas for improving your mood – quickly:

1. Achieve a small goal: Even little successes have big mood payoffs (e.g., getting the back yard mowed).

2. Be here now: The best way to stay cheerful is to stay centered in the present. In contrast, a wandering mind brings you down. 

3. Be mindful: Don’t dwell so much on the past and the future. Instead, tell yourself that nothing really changes regardless of how much you think about the past and, in most cases, the future.

4. Be nice: Holding the door for the person behind you or donating five bucks to a favorite charity improves your mood.

5. Breath: Belly breathing switches on the parasympathetic nervous system, helping calm mind and mood. 

6. Burn a candle: Flickering flames burn away stress and help you feel better all around.

7. Chew: The repetitive action of gnawing on gum or beef jerky promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety and stress.

8. Compliment someone: Complimenting people usually will improve their mood, and it also improves yours. 

9. Do something new: Even adding something small to a normal routine can brighten up a day. 

10. Drink green tea: It contains theanine, which has a calming effect on your body.

11. Eat dark chocolate: Eating chocolate makes you feel happy.

12. Get distracted: Step away from worries for a few minutes and get absorbed in something neutral (e.g., trimming a bush, drawing a picture). 

13. Get outside: A boost of vitamin D can keep the blues at bay.

14. Jump: Get endorphins pumping fast with some jumping jacks, jump rope, or random flailing around.

15. Masturbate: If you’re cranky at home (or somewhere else that’s private), orgasms can mellow you out.

16. Meditate: Just a few minutes of sitting quietly, focusing on the breath, and chanting a few Oms (silently or out loud) can snap you out of a funk.

17. Notice small miracles: Look around for small wonders (e.g., a butterfly).

18. Pet your pet: Cuddling, playing, or just chilling out with Sparky helps you feel happier and less stressed.

19. Rearrange the furniture: Changing an environment helps you feel refreshed, enabling you to bust out of a negative mood.

20. Sing: Sing along with a happy song (perfect pitch not required).

21. Smile: The act of smiling really does improve mood fast.

22. Sniff: Inhaling the scent of orange oil or lavender reduces anxiety and improves mood.

23. Snuggle: Climbing under a soft blanket for a few minutes makes you more relaxed and flexible.

Mood is determined by neurotransmitters (e.g., serotonin, dopamine and GABA). Low levels of these natural chemicals are the reason for a low mood and other emotional issues. Try some of the ideas above – right now – to get out of your funk.

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