How to Instantly Have a Better Day, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
When you're feeling down, it helps to have a few secrets in your back pocket for lifting you up and out of your funk.
Aries (March 21 – April 19): Do Something Active
Aries is the most active sign of the zodiac, but when you're having a bad day, stepping out and getting your blood pumping might be the last thing on your mind. However, if you can summon the energy to do anything athletic, it'll quickly boost your mood. Whether that's heading to the gym for some cardio or strength training, or just doing some yoga at home, anything that increases your heart rate will also increase your happiness.
(Mulan via Buena Vista Pictures)
Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Buy Something on Sale
Taurus loves fine things—but they like them even better when they got them for a good deal. You can benefit a lot from a bit of retail therapy, but you don't have to break the bank in the process. Find something you absolutely love at an unusually low price (and well within your budget), and let yourself take it home. You'll be on the path to having a much better day.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Go Out With Friends
When social Gemini needs a little pep talk, they must have their friends nearby. When you're upset, your besties will be the ones who'll lift you out of your funk, so don't be afraid to reach out to them and plan a last-minute hangout when you need it. That shared time will recharge your batteries and leave you more ready to take on whatever life throws at you.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Watch a Sappy Movie
Cancer is the most sensitive sign of the zodiac, and when their emotions are getting the best of them, sometimes the best thing to do is to give in to them and let themselves explore everything they're feeling. Often, the easiest way to do that is to watch a sappy, romantic movie that will make you laugh as much as it'll make you cry. Without even realizing it, you'll work through those feelings and come out happier on the other side.
(Beauty and the Beast via Buena Vista Pictures)
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): Put on Your Cutest Outfit
Leo has a big, bold personality, and they're never more empowered than when they feel confident and loved. If ever you're feeling sad or insecure, simply put on an outfit that you feel and look great in, and you'll see your mood shift immediately. Even if you don't plan on leaving the house, wearing something that makes you feel pretty will change you. It doesn't hurt to stockpile some cute selfies in the process, too.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sep. 22): Read a Book You Love
Virgo is a academic and methodical, but they can still have a tendency to become overwhelmed with their work. When that happens, give yourself permission to take breaks and read a few chapters of a book that you absolutely love. You're easily absorbed by compelling stories, and even a little reading will provide a brief escape. At the end of it, you'll feel energized and ready to return to the task at hand.
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Libra (Sep. 23 – Oct. 22): Call Your Bestie
Libra likes to keep everyone around them happy, but often struggles when two people are in disagreement or they're involved in a conflict. When you're having a tough time with someone, it always helps to get a second opinion, and the best person to get that from is your best friend. By calling the person you care about most, you can work through whatever you're dealing with, and have your spirits lifted by time with a friend in the process. No matter what ails you, your best friend should always be able to help.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): Let Yourself Brood
Moody Scorpio can be pretty secretive and tends to keep things to themselves. When something is bothering you, you don't necessarily want to hash it out with someone to work through it. Most of the time, you'll find that some time alone and a chance to brood and bask in your feelings will actually make you feel a lot better. Don't push down sadness or anger. Let yourself feel it and it'll fade away to happiness after that.
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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): Take a Walk Outside
Sagittarius tends to be the explorer of the zodiac, but when you're not feeling great, you may not feel up for an adventure. Don't let that state prevent you from doing what makes you happy. A lot of the time, feeling better will be as simple as heading out the front door and taking a brisk walk around the block. A quick change of scenery and some fresh air are all you need for a reset.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): Knock Something Off Your To-Do List
Capricorn is hard-working and tends to overcommit, so feeling down can be a real detriment to their busy schedule. When you're feeling unmotivated, you can quickly get in over your head because you have so much to get done. That's why it's so important for you to look at your to-do list, pick something challenging and commit to at least getting that one thing done. Once you manage that, you'll be back on track to conquering everything else that needs doing.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): Meditate
Aquarius is all about independence and originality, so when they're not in tip-top shape, their best source of inspiration is looking inward. That's why meditation can be an extremely positive force when you're not feeling your best. By practicing mindfulness and centering yourself, you can find answers that wait within you. When other people's solutions haven't historically worked for you, you must find your own.
(The Lion King via Buena Vista Pictures)
Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20): Blast a Spotify Playlist
Pisces thrives when they can get in touch with their creative or artistic side, regardless of the mood they're in. When you're angry or sad, you can change how you feel almost instantaneously with the right upbeat playlist. Put on your headphones and blast some empowering music and you'll quickly forget you were ever feeling upset in the first place.
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