When I teach classes in person or on Zoom I need to be awake, alert, have high energy, and be ready to roll. When I’m at my job I often have Zoom calls or meetings and also need to be awake, alert, have high energy, and be ready to lead a meeting or at the minimum be a good participant.
Full disclosure. Sometimes it’s a struggle. Especially after a bad night’s sleep, general stressors of life, or #pandemic. But the show, as they say, must go on and I can’t give my best if I come to class or a staff meeting visibly dragging my weary or crabby wagon. So here’s my trick.
A 1-minute mood lifter.
It’s not a drug, a supplement, or an app. You can’t buy it online or in any store. It’s DIY, easy to do and FREE.
Before I open a Zoom link or right when I get in the car to head to teach class, I open a playlist on Spotify and crank a high-energy fun song. This morning it was “Can’t Touch This” by M.C. Hammer, yesterday it was “Last Friday Night” by Katy Perry. Not only do I play it loud. I sing along. I know, right?! #awesome
Here are some other things you can do to turn your frown upside down before your next virtual or IRL interaction with a human.
- Grab a scrap of paper and write out 5 things that you love that aren’t the “normal” things like family or sunsets. For example, “I love brand new pencils, swearing, the smell of gasoline, telling my children that I’m always right, and when my cat puts his butt towards the camera on work Zoom calls.”
- Bookmark a video of puppies rolling around together. When you need a bad-mood busting pause, this is it.
- Smile and take 5 deep breaths. Keep smiling like an idiot the entire time.
- Do 25 jumping jacks. You cannot be unhappy when you’re flooded with endorphins.
- Text a funny and totally inappropriate meme or gif to a friend or family member. Even though you’re not the recipient, it will make you giggle.
- 5 Letters. D-I-S-C-O. Play it loud. Play it proud. Dance along.
These little foul-mood disruptors are meant to be a very quick activity. Again, we’re doing something to bring you some energy or lighten your mood. Give it a shot!
Now go run!