BOOST YOUR MOOD!
Your mood and your mental health affect every aspect of your life, including your own physical health. Unfortunately, it's not easy being upbeat all the time. Everything from work deadlines to rainy days can easily send your mood sinking and stress levels soaring.
Do you need to reboot your mood? Here are some simple ways to make yourself feel happier, less stressed and more energized:
Get a move on
Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals and releases feel-good endorphins that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Exercise may also make you feel better about your appearance and yourself, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Stretch your arms and legs or take a brisk 20-minute walk. You will feel better in no time.
Tap into your spiritual side
Whether it’s prayer, meditation, mindfulness or restorative yoga, research shows that spiritual practices can change brain structure in a way that promotes a sense of well-being. As a part of your day, set aside some time for spiritual healing. It will lift your spirit and reduce stress.
Pump up the music
Studies show listening to music is a healthy way to make your day more enjoyable. The right music can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, boost your mood and change your attitude. Therefore, load up your smartphone or media device and create a playlist that will make you smile -- whether you're at work or working out.
Bright-light therapy can create a better mood and sounder sleep. An hour of bright indoor light a day was as effective as antidepressants – and had no side effects. You can also light up your life by being outside in the sun and get some natural Vitamin D.
Give a hug
Physical affection alleviates stress reactions. We release the hormone oxytocin when touched, which elevates feelings of attachment, connection, trust and intimacy. Hugging can also improve our physical health, as it can lower our heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Remember, boosting your mood and helping yourself feel more positive is a great thing to do, both for your mind and your body.