Is there an easy way to naturally elevate my mood?

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According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, mood defines the conscious state of mind or predominant emotion. It may sound subtle but we might observe more clearly among some women especially during their menses, we would describe them as having fluctuating mood or mood swings.

Why is mood important?

The mood is indeed interlinked with our health and wellness, not just a simple cause and effect relationship. For instance, we tend to feel worse pain when we are in bad mood. There are people facing symptoms like palpitations, sweating, nausea, dizziness and even to extent of the sudden loss of consciousness. Unfortunately, we tend to ignore it under pressuring circumstances, all magnified upon this Covid era. Below are some tips from several aspects for improving our mood to face our daily life routine.

Food

We have at least three meals daily. Good food will certainly help us to feel happier and more ready to face our life challenges. Enjoy dark chocolate, folate-rich foods, blueberries, chamomile or lavender tea, and magnesium-rich seeds like pumpkin or sunflower seeds. These foods’ nutrients may be linked to mental health.

Exercise and body

Learn to pamper our bodies from time to time to feel rewarded. Exercise naturally improves mood by releasing endorphins, the brain’s feel-good chemicals. If you’re feeling down, get up and go for a 5- to 10-minute walk or do something else to get your blood flowing and your mood up. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to depression and anxiety. Take a sun break or some outdoor activities whenever possible. Alternatively, use a sun lamp or light therapy to combat SAD symptoms (SAD). Light therapy is beneficial for people who spend most of their time indoors. You may also try aromatherapy; make it smell good by using your favorite fragrant herbs and flowers such as lavender and jasmine.

Mindset and habit

How you do one thing is how you do everything. Critical and positive conversation with self or intimate people is important to keep yourself motivated in life. To deal with life’s ups and downs requires resilience and self-worth. Communication is vital with a friend, family member, or therapist. Talking things out relieves tension rather than storing it. It helps you connect and strengthen relationships. You may also try journaling and recalling positive things that happened daily to boost your gratitude towards life. Write down the positive quotes from anywhere, be it a book, a song and write them and post them somewhere you can see them every day. Continue to leave your phone behind when taking microbreaks throughout the day. Social media is not a mental break; it is a stimulant that can add to the stress. Instead, try meditating, find a quiet place, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Even five minutes of meditation has been shown to reduce stress and improve the outlook.  And keep in mind, adults require 7 to 8 hours of sleep to fully rest their bodies and minds.

Hobby

Do you have any pastimes? Just do it! For example, watching comedy programs. A Stanford University study found that laughter increases dopamine, a mood-enhancing chemical in our brains. Laughter also increases oxygen levels in our bodies and reduces stress hormones, resulting in a positive, relaxed feeling. Besides, do turn up the jams when you’re down. A 2013 University of Missouri study found that listening to upbeat music can actually improve your mood.

In conclusion, there are certainly downfall moments for everyone in which we feel anxious and isolated from society. Never hesitate to seek help from people around us or health personnel to hold us back together. Find doctor.