10 Drug Free Ways to Brighten Your Mood
I know you’ve heard this a dozen times before but exercise can make you live longer, combat health conditions, boost your energy, get better sleep and the list goes on. Plus, all it takes is about 15-30 minutes of vigorous exercise to stimulate various brain chemicals that will leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
2. Drink lots of water.
Not drinking water can leave you dehydrated and not only feeling tired but looking tired as well. Drinking water can bring life back into your hair and improve the look of your skin. If that isn’t a mood brightener in itself just think about the avoidance of digestive problems and improved health as a result.
3. Eat right.
I love food so please don’t think I’m going to tell you to stick to a diet when I refuse to. From time to time, I’m going to indulge in fabulous food that may not always be good for me, but I also know how to get outside and walk or go to the gym and do some cardio. You have to have balance. Did you know that there are also certain foods that can improve your mood? Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids in fish are associated with lower risk of depression. In addition, vitamin B found in beans, citrus and vegetables like spinach, affects neurotransmitters that impact mood. Sidenote: Carbs and Chocolate also improves your mood but you already know how that will turn out.
4. Be a friend.
Healthy friendships and relationships are a big part of having a good mood. If the reverse is true and you always find your friendships to be a source of drained energy and joy, then it may be time to make new friends. When we are surrounded by people who love and support us and we do the same for them the camaraderie does amazing things for our mood and energy.
5. Get some sun!!
Sun is the best source of natural Vitamin D, but tor those of you experiencing a winter or rainy season where the sun is being shielded by clouds, try taking a Vitamin D supplement. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a mood disorder featuring depressive symptoms that occurs during the dark times of the year when there isn’t as much sunshine. Therefore resulting in a sudden drop in vitamin D levels in the body. Vitamin D activates genes that regulate the immune system and release neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin which are both located in the brain’s pleasure center and help improve your mood, concentration and health.
6. Try Hot Tea.
The warmth soothes you and teas associated with mood, relaxation and concentration are the added bonus. Theanine, an amino acid found in teas acts as an antidepressant and a natural stress-reliever.It also stimulates serotonin and dopamine, the same neurotransmitters that give rise to a calm, happy, and tranquil feeling that are mentioned above.
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8. Add a podcast to your morning routine.
If you love comedy, food, or just want to be motivated in the mornings. Try a podcast during your morning commute, or during your morning stretching routine at home. There are lots of podcasts out there so don’t be afraid to try something new, decide you don’t like it and move on to something else.
9. Listen to some nature sounds/music.
Playing flowing water and birds chirping while working helps to improve your concentration. Not only that but it’s so easy to imagine being in a place that provides you with the serenity and calm you need. I especially like the sound of waves hitting the shore, but there are some that would prefer music. Either way you swing it, what we listen to has a great affect on our moods.
10. A Relaxing Bath.
One of life’s simple pleasures and the perfect way to relax, reduce stress and improve mood. It’s also a great way to remove toxins from your body and it’s great for inducing rest and sleep.
Take charge of your happiness and mood!
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