There is nothing quite like a day when you have a great mood – everything seems lighter and brighter, and your sense of peace is at a peak.
The good news is, there are several ways you can boost your mood without turning to drastic measures or pharmaceuticals.
Let’s explore some of the top natural mood lifting ideas so you can get your joy on.
You are what you eat
We have all heard that phrase before, and it is especially true when it comes to mood and food. Here are some natural mood enhancing foods to enjoy: (1)
Eat your fruits and veggies!
It turns out, mom was right when she encouraged you to “eat all your veggies.” Pick the most colorful fruits and vegetables in your supermarket’s produce aisle (if you can go organic, even better). They are chock full of antioxidants and vitamins and nutrients your body needs to keep things running smoothly. The natural sugars and complex carbs keep your blood sugar levels regulated, which definitely helps with mood!
Go fish for a happy boost.
Fish, a fabulous source of protein, are loaded with healthy Omega-3s – known to help the brain chemicals that enhance your mood.
Go visit Willy Wonka at the chocolate factory!
Dark chocolate in particular is rich in antioxidants and natural properties that are stress-relieving. So indulge once in a while!
Meditate for optimal mood
The practice of mindfulness meditation is one of self-discipline. That doesn’t sound like a lot of “fun,” but in reality, self-discipline can increase your mood by boosting self-improvement skills.
You can use this skill to help manage difficult times, calm down when you are feeling stressed, and cultivate an ability to have a peaceful and positive mood, even in the midst of chaos. (2)
It only takes a few minutes of your day to just chill out for a bit, sitting quietly and focusing on your breath. Becoming mindful and focused in the “now” can snap you right out of a funk.
Use good scents
Scent has a powerful effect on our moods. Have you ever been taken back in time to a certain memory when you get a whiff of a specific scent? The delightful smell of a fresh box of crayons takes many back to their first days of school.
For some great ways to give yourself a mood boost, experiment with a variety of scents. Aromatherapy has been used to elevate and calm moods for years. (3)
Light a candle with a heavenly scent you love, and you can enjoy the flickering flames as well as the lovely smell. Citrus and lavender are typically good choices for their mood-boosting properties
There are many ways to lift your mood naturally, just experiment with different things that affect your senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste. You’ll have fun in the process, and that in itself is a mood booster!
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