BOOST YOUR MOOD: NOW.
START EATING A LITTLE BIT HEALTHIER:
When the 30Fifteen Team is feeling low, or sad, it’s easy to grab the ‘comfort food’. Typically comfort foods are covered in cheese or deep fried. An unhealthy diet can actually lead to a grumpier you. Comfort foods are actually only comforting for so long, they lead to the ‘inevitable blood-sugar crash, with added irritability to boot”
So when you’re feeling down, opt for a more nutritious choice instead. The types of food that are truly comforting are actually more nutritious. There are also types of food that can boost your moods as opposed to suppressing them.
For example, in moderation, coffee is linked to decreased levels of depression and consumption of good fats (like those containing omega 3 fatty acids) is associated with lower anxiety levels.
MOVE YOUR BODY:
“Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy” Yes, I just quoted Elle Woods, but it’s true! We’ve all heard of the ‘Runners High’, the ‘Yoga Glow’, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that moving your body can do wonders for your body. It’s designed to be used!
Runners World says walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes can boost the mood of someone dealing with major depressive order. You don’t have to do anything that you dislike, pick something you LIKE to do. Dance, Tennis, Yoga, Pilates, Spin, Run, Jog, Walk..whatever it is add it into your life and get your body moving.
PLAY SOME SOOTHING TUNES:
Turn those tunes up! Music can be the MOST healing and mood boosting thing ever! Pick a genre/playlist to play each day that will clear you head space, and get you in a better mood. (It may be different from day to day depending on your mood). So set aside some time one day to create some tunes or highlight some albums, so you can easily play them when you need it!
SWEAT IT OUT IN THE SAUNA:
Having a rough day, the visual aspect of watching your body cleanse away whatever toxins might’ve once been in my body leaves me feeling refreshed and invigorated.
According to New Science, saunas may also play a provocative role in your mood and overall health. As NS reports “people with chronic heart failure who took saunas five times a week for three weeks improved their heart function and the amount of exercise they could do”.
Additionally, the neurons that release serotonin, which is associated with feelings of happiness and euphoria, are catalyzed under conditions of high heat.
MAKE YOUR BED ROUTINELY:
Making your bed is something that is considered a “keystone habit,” — in other words, a habit that essentially acts as a gateway for further good habits. For instance, by making your bed each morning, you set a tone of productivity for the rest of your daily duties.
SNIFF SOME CITRUS:
Although this mood-boosting method may seem a bit avant-garde — to say the least — it has also been known to do wonders.According to Katie Drummond for Prevention, citrus may be the most soothing smell when it comes to relieving stress.
“The scent of a fresh fruit can do amazing things,” explains Barbara Thomley, the lead researcher for the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic. She explains how “with any citrus smell, lessened anxiety always seems to emerge as a benefit.”
So, if you’re usually an advocate of aromatherapy, bypass the lavender for a more citrusy flavor the next time you go.