Feeling down? Need some pep in your step?
Try these methods to boost your mood.
- LISTEN TO MUSIC. The choice of music is up to you. Music that makes you feel good increases your heart rate, breathing rate, and makes your brain release dopamine, your feel-good neurotransmitter. Kick it up a notch and dance to the beat!
- HANG OUT WITH UPBEAT FRIENDS. Did you know that your chances for happiness increase by 15 per cent if someone in your immediate social circle is happy. Choose your company wisely.
- TAKE A HAPPY “TIME OUT”. Take a few minutes each day doing something you love (singing, hiking, reminiscing over pictures, dancing, etc) This mini break can reduce anxiety and improve your mood.
- TALK NICE TO YOURSELF. Is your inner voice quick to shout out things like: “You’re so stupid” or “You can never do that”? Trade the negative talk for encouraging words like “I am wonderful”, “I do a great job”.
- CONNECT. Talk, really talk, to people you care about. Connecting is good for everyone. Connect on a physical level too! Hugs stimulate oxytocin, the “cuddle hormone,” which gives you a feel good boost. Go give a hug!
- KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL. Simply writing down what you’re thankful for makes you healthier and more optimistic. Make this a habit that you repeat each morning and night. Works wonders for your mood.
- DON’T SIT AROUND. Physical activity is a significant happiness booster. Get moving for 30 minutes a day and choose an activity you enjoy!
- MEDITATE. Helps to release stress, improves sleep, strengthen immunity and happiness. If you are not sure how to meditate simply find a quiet space, sit or lay down, play relaxing music or a guided meditation off of youtube and RELAX…..
- HELP OTHERS. Help a friend in need. Volunteer. Giving back can give you a tremendous feeling of worth and adds meaning to your life.
- GET OUTSIDE. Spending time with Mother Nature makes you feel alert, enthusiastic, full of energy and happy. Bonus if the sun is out…let the Vitamin D absorb through your skin.
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Cheers to more Happy Days!
Dr. Jen Cisternino, Naturopathic Doctor