How to Change your Mood in 10 Minutes

InspiredI don’t know about you, but sometimes I battle to find my mojo. I love completing tasks and feeling accomplished… and, the challenge for me is often in starting a project.

I heard a wonderful exercise to change our state, energy or mood on a Carol Look audio, and she in turn says she got it from an Abraham Hicks program.

If we’re in a low energy state, of course it’ll be harder to think creatively, come up with solutions and enjoy our day. Changing and maintaining our energy state to a happy, positive one is an important part of our success and feeling good about our day. It’s been proven that feeling good allows our brain to see many more possibilities and even allows our physical peripheral vision to expand.

I use this exercise whenever I have a large project looming and it feels like I just can’t get started. Or when I have 20 things on my to-do-list and they don’t feel inspiring, yet I know I really need to get them done. Or when I wake up tired and I have a lot on my plate, and my energy is low.

It’s really so simple and easy that anyone can do it. It always lifts my mood and energy in the 10 minutes it takes to do the exercise.

Here’s How:

  • Take a clean sheet of A4 (or Letter) paper.
  • Divide it into 16 blocks by drawing 4 horizontal lines and 4 vertical lines
  • Now, spend a few minutes and think about how you want to feel about your project, your day, or your to-do’s
  • In every block, write a word that has a feel-good feeling, for instance
    • Positive
    • Energetic
    • Inspired
    • Magical
    • Productive
    • Uplifted
    • Creative
  • You can start anywhere – fill in the words randomly in the 16 blocks, have fun, be creative and really get into the feeling state of each word as you write it down
  • If you want to go one step further, I use colour pencils to colour each block with a fun, happy, feel-good colour

Here’s an example of one I did recently:

16 Blocks

The time it takes to come up with, and focus on 16 positively charged words is enough to completely shift our vibration and energy about a challenge or a tired/uninspired feeling.

Try it and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Liesel Teversham
Liesel Teversham

Liesel helps sensitive introverts to see their sensitivity as a superpower, love their work and practice awesome self-care so they can be energized and make a difference in a meaningful and fulfilling way. She helps them to overcome the fear of being visible, avoiding the spotlight and conflict, being ‘too nice’, perfectionism and procrastination.

She’s the author of “No Problem. The Upside of Saying No”, which is a handbook for those who struggle to say no, are overwhelmed and exhausted.

Click here to read about the book.




  1. Tanya

    Ek luv jou website en jou Article! Well done! XXXXX

    • Liesel Teversham

      Baie baie dankie, Tanya! So goed om van jou te hoor, en te sien hoe jy ‘vlieg’ en so ‘n verskil maak in die wereld! Well done vir jou ook hoor! xxx

  2. Alison Gitelson

    What a great way of raising energy. I’ll give it a try. Something I did recently when I “had” to do something that I wasn’t feeling inspired about was to ask a question along the lines of “how could I approach this so that it feels easy?” A whole different perspective as to why I did want to do it, came to me. And that certainly made it feel much easier.

    • Liesel Teversham

      Hi Alison!
      So great to have you here – thanks for this wonderful question. “How could I approach this so that it feels easy?” – really powerful! Isn’t it really great how different questions can lead to different answers?? Of course, I love seeing your Strengths in action here – Learner and Input (already gathered resources that can now be shared). Brilliant.

      I created another exercise recently for my clients and I had to use it too, the other day. It entails seeing how we can use our Strengths to do a certain task – or even how that task will LEAD to us being able to use our Strengths, which are ultimately so enjoyable and energizing. I’ll write about that soon!


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