Nobody is always in a good mood. Unfortunately, however, many of us experience bad moods more often than not, or they may develop at the most inopportune times.
Thankfully, sometimes a good mood can come up just as quickly as a bad one depending on what is around us to stimulate these feelings.
Other times, we may need an extra push to increase happiness and have us feeling upbeat and ready to take on the world. If and when that day comes, remember this list of 6 mood boosters that can help to lift your spirits.
1) Get in touch with an Old Friend
More often than not, growing up means being too busy to get in touch with old friends.
Before you know it, many years have passed since you last spoke to your high school best friend. When you remember them, it’s usually fond memories and maybe even a smile on your face.
You wonder what they are doing now and whether they finally got the career they wanted. Getting in touch is almost impossible because you are not sure if they will want to talk to you or they will be like you – too busy to reply to that email.
However, if you want to feel happy, you have to stop overthinking things and just go for it. Call them; they will probably feel happy to have spoken to you. People believe that, if you are making an effort to get in touch, you actually care about them.
Reminiscing on the simpler times with an old friend is a great way to not only lift your spirit, but rekindle an old friendship as well.
2) Wear your Favorite Color
Psychology suggests that colors play a huge role in keeping you happy. You might have already noted that you tend to wear some of your favorite colors when you are happy, or if you want some luck.
If you choose to wear depressing colors, you will feel stressed and depressed all day long.
If you don’t have a favorite color, however, researchers suggest that certain colors can affect still affect your mood and aid or inhibit you from performing your tasks. Yellow, for example, invokes feelings of happiness and fun in those with whom you interact with. It is, therefore, important that you find a color that is inspiring and relaxing to help boost your mood when you’re feeling down.
3) Eat Nuts or Fish
The foods we eat are incredibly important to our cognitive functioning and by extension, our mood. Omega 3 nutrients help to significantly improve neural performance and when there is a high concentration in our bodies, we are happier and much sharper while a low concentration is usually associated with depression.
Fish and nuts are 2 potent and easy to find sources are omega 3’s so if you’re feeling down, have some fish for lunch and snack on some walnuts throughout the day.
Essential oil uses range from cooking and cleaning around the house to invoking various feelings and moods when inhaled. For example, roman chamomile works great as a mild sedative to help with trouble sleeping while peppermint, lavender and wild orange are well known for their ability to not only relieve stress but improve your mood and have you feeling upbeat as well.
Diffuse mood-boosting essential oils or place a few drops in your palm, rub them together and inhale to take advantage of this centuries old natural remedy.
You can also further take advantage of the mood-boosting effects of essential oils by including them in a massage, which is actually another mood booster discussed below.
5) Get a Massage
A massage is not only great for physical pain and tension, but is actually great for improving mood because it increases the levels of while mood boosting chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine, while reducing stress related ones such as cortisol.
If you’re at work and feeling down one day, treat yourself to a 30 minute massage on your lunch break and you’ll see a huge improvement your mood for the second half of the day.
6) Take that Mid-Day Nap
An excellent sleeping routine has more benefits than simply making you feel rested. Getting quality sleep everyday allows you to improve your concentration, energy levels, mood, and memory. It is also a great way to help increase your lifespan, allow you to control weight, and boost immunity.
But a seven or eight hour (if you’re lucky) stretch of sleep once every 24 hours may still leave you feeling unhappy or burnt out at some point during the other 16 hours. In these cases, a 20 to 30-minute nap could do wonders for your mood.
Studies have shown that a midday snooze may not only increase happiness but boost creativity and alertness as well.
About the Author
Trysh Sutton is a wife, mother, attorney, interior decorator, strategic leader and teacher. She runs a website called Pure Path Essential Oils, a naturopathic wellness company that promotes healthy living and healing through the use of essential oils and sustainable living.
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