30 Things That Can Instantly Boost Your Mood

Sarah Yang

One of the hardest parts of being human? Having bad days. And because we're all human, we all get them. The level of intensity can differ from something major to something minor, but bad is bad right? Either way, it can leave you feeling sad, angry, depressed, lonely… Should I go on?

There are ways to cope with a tough day. You can talk to someone. You can meditate. You can listen to music, watch TV, or read a book. You can eat your favorite meal. You can just go to bed early in the hopes that you wake up with a clearer head. It all depends on your own particular mental health preferences or coping strategies.

And sometimes you might need some extra help. I know they say money can't buy you happiness, but for some moments, spending a few bucks on something that brings you joy can make you feel a little bit better in an instant. So with that in mind, we've rounded up the 30 mood-lifting buys—and a lot of them are under $20.

Candles

Otherland Daybed ($36)

Scents can be so soothing. For further proof, see how aromatherapy can help you relax, get better sleep, and even make you feel more energized. Choose a candle with a scent that makes you feel most at ease or comfortable, and then make sure to light it after a long day. For the full effect, close your eyes and let yourself zone out for a bit.

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Scented Soy Candle, Lavender ($8)

Brooklyn Candle Studio Santal Noir Candle ($35)

Journals

Anthropologie Home Frodo Journal ($23)

Writing down what you're feeling at the moment and giving yourself a safe space to be completely honest can really help you release some energy and emotion. It can even help you gain some perspective if you're feeling really confused or overwhelmed. And you can even use something like gratitude journaling to remind yourself of all the good things in your life.

Moleskine Classic Notebook ($15)

Catherine Price Gratitude: a Journal ($13)

Water Bottles

W&P Porter Bottle ($35)

Who knew something as basic as water can make you feel so much better? But it really can. Just the act of really savoring a cool glass of water can be a mindful moment. Plus, you've got to stay hydrated, right? It will keep you from feeling unwell or tired.

Contigo Autoseal Chill Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($15)

Hydro Flask 40-Ounce Wide Mouth Cap Bottle ($50)

Workout Gear

Zella Studio Lite High Waist Pocket 7/8 Leggings ($65)

When you're having a bad day, working out might be the last thing you want to do, but you probably won't regret it. Those endorphins will leave you feeling better. And who hasn't gotten out some aggression or frustration at the gym or fitness studio?

JoyLab Tie-Dye Magnolia Strappy Bra ($20)

Athleta Mineral Wash Crop Tank ($49)

Bath Products

Dr Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution and Foaming Bath With Pure Epsom Salt, Lavender ($16)

soak in the tub or a nice long shower can transform your day. It can be a cleansing experience, both literally and figuratively. And with the right products, you can make the experience ultra-soothing (think lavender bath bombs, CBD tinctures, or Epsom salts).

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak ($18)

Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts ($65)

Beauty Products

Avène Soothing Sheet Mask (1 count) ($10)

Some people feel better when they rock a face mask. Others can change their mood by experimenting with a bright lip color. Beauty and skincare can feel like a real treat when you're feeling "off."

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ($34)

Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion ($42)

Books

Delia Owens Where the Crawdads Sing ($10)

It's nice to get lost in another world or in another person's life and forget about what's going on in yours for a little bit of time. Reading can be the ultimate form of self-care.

Jia Tolentino Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion ($19)

Emma Staub All Adults Here: A Novel ($16)

Distractions

Areaware Dusen Dusen Stack 500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle ($10)

Speaking of books to escape, there are a lot of other distractions you can use to take your mind off things. Puzzles, coloring books, a craft—find whatever helps you wind down and reach for it when needed.

Johanna Basford Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book ($10)

Mindfulknits Mindfulness Tropical Knitting Kit ($24)

Tea

Sakara Sleep Tea ($20)

Like water, enjoying a soothing cup of tea can be a quiet, peaceful experience. Our recommendation: If it's at the end of the day, make sure you're choosing a blend that is non-caffeinated so you can get a better night's sleep.

Bigelow Tea Herbal Variety Tea Bags, 20-Count Boxes (Pack of 6) ($19)

Yogi Bedtime Tea (6 Pack) ($23)

Plants

Leon & George Small Zanzibar Gem With Mid-Century Ceramic Pot and Wood Plinth ($79)

Indoor plants can transform your space both décor- and health-wise. They complete any room, and some can also purify the air. The act of caring for your plant friends can make you feel so much better and happier. And the best part? There are plenty of low-maintenance ones out there for those of you who are new to plant parenthood.

Plants for Pets Succulent Plants ($18)

Costa Farms Snake Plant ($28)

Next up: This Daily Habit Can Help With Sleep, Anxiety, and Stress

This article originally appeared on The Thirty

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