18 Quick and Natural Ways to Boost Your Mood

18 Quick and Natural Ways to Boost Your Mood
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Aristotle already knew that happiness depends upon ourselves. But way too often we search for it in others, in the outside world, in short-term distractions. But we also hold the power to be truly satisfied. It’s in the way we think, the way we choose to spend our days, and who we choose to spend them with. Here are 18 simple steps you can take to increase your inner happiness in a natural way and boost your mood naturally.

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1. Exercise. Physical and psychological well-being are closely connected. When your body feels good, so does your mind. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins – the happy hormones. Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise per day – to fit better into your daily routine, this can be divided into three 10-minute blocks.

Further reading: Take time for yourself and do some of the exercises I’ve written about in the past – exercises to strengthen your back, for flat tummy, and for jiggly arms.

2. Acupuncture. It has been shown that acupuncture can help with depression, anxiety and stress, and is also becoming increasingly popular and recognized in the treatment of many other physical and mental ailments that may disturb your inner bliss.

Further reading: Find more natural remedies for stress and anxiety here, as well as for depression.

3. Meditation. When we meditate, our brain switches to a more relaxed mode. Parasympathetic nervous system gets activated – this is a part of the brain that is responsible for ‘rest-and-digest’ activities, and is the opposite of our usual stressed mode. Invest some time and learn a technique that will work for you. Be disciplined in your regular meditation practice. Meditation is an excellent way to relieve stress and improve your health while giving yourself a sense of control and well-being. Meditation is one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

Further reading: find here 7 simple and effective meditation techniques to reduce stress, without actually sitting down to meditate.

4. Massage. Having a lovely massage can be very satisfying and uplifting. Our minds and bodies enjoy being touched. The experience can change the brain-wave activity and make you more relaxed. Add essential oils to the massage blend and inhale them to reach new levels of calmness. Ask a loved one for a 20 minute massage, doctor’s orders.

Further reading: If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy that will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

5. Talking Therapy. It often helps to look at your thinking patterns. Do you always interpret things in a negative way? Do you feel worried about the present and future? Remember, you chose those patterns, so you can also choose a better and more satisfying way of thinking. Sometimes it can be helpful to get some guidance from an expert. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is just one option. Find somebody you feel comfortable working with, and then dive in!

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6. Gratitude. You can’t force yourself to feel grateful, but when you genuinely feel it, your life becomes a much better place. Looking at the bright side of life and feeling grateful for little things, always gives your mood that little extra kick.

7. Getting enough sleep. Some people need more sleep and some people need less, but 8 hours is the gold standard. When we’re rested, everything feels better. Research shows that there is a connection between depression prevention and a good night’s sleep, and I’ve also mentioned it in my previous article about the 23 dangers of sleep deprivation. So create an environment in which you can sleep well – look at the temperature, light and levels of noise in your bedroom.

Further reading: If you struggle to fall asleep or suffer for insomnia, read my articles about the best 12 herbs for insomnia, the best foods for better sleep, and this natural substance to improve sleep disorders.

8. Sunlight and fresh air. Spending some time in the sun, or taking a walk in the forest, can make you feel better. Our bodies need sunlight to generate vitamin D, which is important for bone health. New research also shows that sufficient amounts of vitamin D reduce the chances of developing depression. So make sure to take advantage of every sunny day, especially if you live in a less weather-friendly place.

Further reading: read more about the importance of vitamin D in my previous article.

9. Get a pet. Having a pet is a big responsibility, but it’s also a tremendous joy. Having an animal in your life brings you closer to innocence and pure love. Is there anyone that will love you as unconditionally as your dog does?

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10. Smile. Fake it until you make it. Research shows that if we force ourselves to smile, after a while, we do start feeling better. And it’s so nice to give somebody a smile, or to receive one!

11. Do the things you love. We should make enough time to do the things that energize us and make us feel alive. There is a phenomenon called ‘the flow’, which describes the state when we feel completely absorbed in an activity. The experience of flow is connected with improved mental health.

12. Connect with others. It’s very important to feel close to people and connect with them. It is the deep human connections that really make the difference in our lives. So make time for people that are important to you, meet new people, give and receive.

13. Manage you time properly. There are only 24 hours in each day, so be realistic of what you can achieve. We often try to fit too many things in, and then feel stressed and frustrated when we can’t do it all. Avoid that by planning and prioritizing in a you-friendly way.

14. Listen to music. According to research that was published in Psychology and Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal, people who listen to music tend to be happier, calmer and more relaxed. So explore your music collection and put on what makes you boogie.

15. Clear away clutter. Have you ever noticed how much better you feel after you’ve cleaned your room or flat? Dusting and getting rid of junk can be very therapeutic. It also creates space for new things to enter your life. According to Dr. Elaine Aron, sometimes just the illusion of order is enough, so reshuffling a few papers and making them look neater can do the trick.

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16. Cleanse your body. Detox. When our body is clean, the mind follows as well, and we become lighter, healthier and with improved mental energy. Give your body a break from processed foods, meat, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. Watch the toxins leave your body and feel happy!

Further reading: to learn more about the concept of detox, read my previous articles about 6 ways your body detoxifies itself, the top 6 secrets for a successful detox program, or have a look at my e-book The Detox Guide which will teach you how to cleanse and energize your body naturally and safely.

17. Eat a healthy diet. To maintain that inner balance, you need to eat a balanced diet – full of nutrients that your body and soul need. Make sure that you consume enough whole grains, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins. Also, look at your vitamin intake. Vitamin D and B vitamins are all very important, so if you can’t get enough with food, or you don’t spend enough time on the beach in the case of vitamin D, look for supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish and seafood, and some plant sources, can help fight depression. Also berries are known to improve mental conditions such as stress and depression. They are loaded with anthocyanins, which are known to boost brain function. These nutrient-dense foods are key to providing a sound foundation for a proper brain chemistry. And I bet you will like this one: eat more dark chocolate! It boosts the mood-lifting serotonin in the brain due to its content of tryptophan. Eating chocolate has never been more satisfying! But there are other foods that have tryptophan in them too, including turkey, seafood, nuts and seeds.

Further reading: Read my previous articles about the best foods to boost your mood, warning symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency and how to correct it, how to use dark chocolate as a medicine, as well as my e-book the Healing Berry Guide where you can find more information about the healing powers of berries and and how they can help you to become healthier from the inside out. You can also find more information about superfoods and healthy eating in my e-books which are part of the Natural Health Revolution Program, a program that will help you to achieve your health, nutrition and weight loss goals.

18. Use herbs. For example lavender is used in aromatherapy and teas to enhance relaxation, valerian is often taken as a sleep aid and sometimes used for anxiety, chamomile is an ancient remedy for relaxation and for relieving stress, and St. John Wort is a perennial herb that has a long history of use for anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.

Further reading: find more information about herbs in my previous articles about stress and anxiety, depression and insomnia or in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide which will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.

Here’s to happy days without the lows!

You can get more information about the best foods to eat to boost your mood in my post:

The Best Foods To Boost Your Mood

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