If getting out of the bed in the morning, being motivated at work, or keeping up with a good health planseems way too overwhelming, and you go about the day with low mood and energy, it’s probably time to boost your mood.
Here are three all natural health tips to boost your mood naturally!
1. Incorporate mood-boosting foods!
There are so many foods out there that naturally boost mood!
Oranges and other citrus:
Oranges and other citrus (like lemons and limes) are loaded with Vitamin C that helps relieve stress. Citrus flavor is also energizing and invigorating, which can pep you up throughout the day.
Salmon and Omega 3′s:
Omega 3 Fatty Acids have been studied and shown to decrease depression (as well as improve skin, hair, memory, and libido). Omegas are also rich in vitamin D that boosts levels of serotonin, a key neurotransmitter affecting mood.
Brazil nuts and selenium rich foods:
Brazil nuts are great for calming anxiety and the selenium in them acts like an antioxidant in the body. They prevent poor mood and boost energy.
Asparagus and folate rich foods:
Asparagus helps combat sadness by being rich in folate, and a variety of other vitamins and minerals. Plus it’s an incredibly healthy food for fighting cancer and disease too!
Raw Cacao / Chocolate:
Raw cacao or chocolate is an amazing food! Not only does it have antioxidants for energy and immune support. It also has tryptophan (for boosting mood) and theobromine (for energy). Plus, it’s delicious and loaded with anadamine, a chemical naturally found in the brain that is know to brighten our mood and make us feel happier.
Oatmealis rich in soluble fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels. A lot of mood problems are caused by blood sugar imbalance. Oatmeal helps!
Berries are high in antioxidants which reduce inflammation and stress in the body, boost your immune system, give you energy, and protect you from disease.
Nuts have vitamin E: an antioxidant that combats stress. Some (like cashews) also have tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acids that helps our brains produce serotonin, which makes us feel relaxed and in control. Food that has tryptophan can help fight depression, insomnia and anxiety.
2. Get mood-killing habits out!
- coffee/caffeine (even diet soda)
- spending too much time in front of the TV or computer
3. Exercise more!
We’ve heard of the “runner’s high” but believe it or not this is actually a defense mechanism from your body saying you’ve gone too far! Instead aim for lasting mood boosts, with small bursts of energy.
If you’re totally new to exercise, try either a 20 minute walk every day or 5 minutes of intense exercise, like jump roping.
What are the benefits of exercise? Exercise:
- builds endorphins
- helps you get rid of stress
- promotes better sleep
- helps you feel better about yourself
- naturally boosts mood.
Exercise, and a good diet plan can put you on a better path for happiness and energy!