WAYS TO NATURALLY BOOST YOUR MOOD
If you’re like most of us, there are days your schedule seems to go from busy to overloaded in an instant. This constant juggling can be stressful. It can leave you feeling drained, frazzled and downright grumpy.
When faced with times like these, know that even a few small tweaks to your lifestyle can be the best mood boosters. These natural remedies are all about self-care. They range from finding the right mood-booster vitamins, to forking up delicious foods to improve your mood.
By carving out time to do good things for yourself, you’re not only boosting your mood, you’re improving your outlook and interactions with others.
Let’s look at some natural ways you can improve your mood. Most of these are easy things for anyone to do, no matter where you are in your day. Let’s face it, everyone deserves a quick pick-me-up.
Increase your intake of mood-boosting foods
What you’re putting on your plate at mealtimes has a lot to do with how you’re feeling physically and mentally. What to reach for? Try foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like wild-caught salmon, walnuts and canola oil. Leafy greens, avocados and broccoli will up your intake of folate, a key B vitamin. Whole grains like steel-cut oats, wild rice and quinoa will keep you feeling full and contain vitamins vital for good brain health. Don’t forget the probiotics: Yogurt, kimchi and many pickled foods will support your gut health, which studies show is linked to better mental health. If some of these foods make you grimace, consider adding a naturally sourced omega-3 supplement such as Nutrilite™ Balanced Health Omega to support brain and heart health.*
Reduce your alcohol intake
Grabbing a beer or pouring a glass of wine after work can be seen as a relaxing way to unwind after a busy day. But regular and excessive alcohol intake can actually lower the “feel good” serotonin levels in your brain, which can leave you feeling down. By reducing your weekly alcohol intake, you’re making a choice to improve your mood.
Go offline for the day
Social media can be fascinating – and addictive. Whether it’s scrolling through your Facebook®† feeds or perusing friends’ pictures on Instagram, the lure of looking at just one more post is enticing. It’s not just too much screen time that can make our eyes ache and put us in a bad mood. We may not want to admit it, but our fixation with social media is often triggered by a little FOMO – fear of missing out – and we use it to compare ourselves to others. An effective remedy for this social media saturation is a digital detox, which can be a good way to embrace your own brand of JOMO – the joy of missing out. To try your hand at this, make plans to go offline for a day – switch off social media and give your brain a break from the “likes” and comments. You’ll be amazed at the fun things you can do that don’t involve screen time.
Get more Vitamin D
Getting a daily dose of mid-day sunshine is the most natural way for your body to make Vitamin D. About 20 to 30 minutes several times a week is recommended. If your schedule doesn’t allow this - or you live in an area with more clouds than sun, invest in a quality supplement such as Nutrilite™ Vitamin D. This option provides high-potency vitamin D in an amount found in 16 cups of fortified milk.
Get some exercise
Every time you exercise, whether it’s walking your dog or running laps on the track, your body produces more natural mood-lifters called endorphins. Research shows that jogging for just 15 minutes each day - or walking for an hour - lowers a person’s risk of depression. Exercise also helps you get into a more regular sleep pattern, which improves your mental health.
Cut out the caffeine
While many people think swigging a few caffeinated beverages each day will keep them focused and give them energy, there’s a tipping point. Too much caffeine can leave you feeling anxious and jittery. If you’re used to refilling your coffee cup or grabbing a caffeine-infused beverage several times a day, gradually cut back until you’re caffeine-free, and chances are you’ll notice a difference in how you feel. Another way to support your energy levels throughout the day is with a quality supplement such as Nutrilite™ Vitamin B Dual-Action, packed with all eight essential B vitamins and natural spirulina to help your body fight fatigue before it hits.*
Clean up and declutter
Cleaning might not seem like a mood-booster, but getting rid of the clutter in your home and office makes you feel mentally lighter. Walking past that table stacked with unopened mail can make you feel frustrated or overwhelmed. Ditto for that area of your home that seems to become the dumping ground for everyone’s backpacks, purses and gym bags. Bringing some order to those problem areas will give you a sense of accomplishment.
Take a walk in nature
Fresh air is an excellent mood-lifter. Being out in nature, hearing the birds and feeling the wind on your face offers therapeutic benefits. For example, the calming sounds of nature can lower blood pressure and your body’s level of cortisol, which can calm its fight-or-flight response.
Natural mood-boosters are all around us. Taking a little time each day to find ways to improve your mood is a good investment in yourself.
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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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