There are days where we feel on top of the world, and there are others when we can barely roll out of bed. Various things affect our moods, like events in our lives and hormonal changes.
These might not entirely be under our control, but there are various things you can do to keep stress levels in check. How about starting with these ten easy ways to boost your mood naturally?
Tea contains L-theanine, an antidepressant compound, and a natural stress-reducer. Green tea has high levels of this agent whose relaxing properties decrease anxiety and PMS symptoms while increasing your concentration and memory.
Consider adding other mood-enhancing herbs to your tea as well. These include chamomile for calming anxiety, lemon balm to soothe stress or gotu kola for promoting the flow of oxygen to the brain.
If you're a fan of caffeine, grab a cup of black tea or coffee for a mood pick-up.
Laughing relaxes the body, boosts your immunity, and stimulates endorphins, the hormones that promote good moods.
Try to do at least one thing every day that makes you laugh. Hang out with that funny friend, sibling or colleague, read some jokes, watch a comedy movie or YouTube video. Laughter is a fool-proof and instant mood lifter.
Working out enhances your mood due to your brain releasing serotonin, endorphins, dopamine, and adrenaline. These chemicals give you that post-exercise high. So, when feeling low, get moving. Take a walk, run, get on the treadmill, swim, or any form of exercise that you can.
When we're having a hard day, it's tempting to focus on ourselves and sulk. However, attending to others can lift the feelings of gloom.
Compliment someone, volunteer to help a friend or stranger with a task. Taking the focus off of your life for a moment and giving to others is ultimately giving back to yourself.
Don't forget to do something for yourself, even as you give to others. Buy yourself some fresh cut flowers and make a bouquet for your room, dress up, and apply makeup even if you're staying indoors, watch the sunrise or sunset, make yourself a special meal. Take time to appreciate yourself and your existence.
Any beauty regimen, whether it's doing a nourishing facial mask, or soaking in a warm bath with essential oils is always an instant mood booster.
Do your regimen when you have enough time so you can fully relax. Self-care rituals should be soothing, gentle, and leave you feeling uplifted. Add lavender or jasmine essential oils to your bath. These oils help promote a sense of peace, easing any nervous tension from your day.
Look around your house. Are there any walls with chipped or drab paint? Are you happy with the furniture layout? Maybe you need a few more house plants to liven things up?
A change in your space makes you feel mentally renewed, refreshed, and excited.
Expressing yourself openly and honestly helps to increase your self-awareness and understanding of people or situations.
Write a letter to someone you love, call a friend today express your appreciation for them. Check on family members and create constructive dialogue with colleagues.
Clear communication will help to alleviate tension and let things flow smoothly.
Technology has made meditation easier for beginners or if you prefer a guided format. Apps such as Headspace help in promoting mindfulness. You only need to take 10 minutes out of your day and listen to an easy meditation led by Andy (the founder of Headspace).
Headspace helps to alleviate addictions, stress, lack of focus, and worry. Daily meditation builds your creativity, enhances relationships, and promotes positivity in your life.
Rejoice, all ye chocolate lovers. Pure cacao contains lots of tryptophan, an agent that enhances our mood.
Also, cacao has chemicals such as phenylethylamine (PEA) and Anandamide (the bliss chemical), an endorphin released when we're in high spirits.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team