6 Easy Ways to Boost Your Mood: Music, Meditation, Mood Foods & More
Good-Mood FoodCertain foods can help boost your levels of serotonin (a.k.a. the happy hormone), such as proteins that contain tryptophan (it does more than make you sleepy). Think eggs, cheese, salmon, nuts, and (of course) turkey. You can also get tryptophan from fruits and veggies, like pineapple, spinach, kiwis... Sounds like one heck of a happy smoothie!
Crank Up the TunesResearch shows our brains can be pretty easily manipulated by music. Think about how scary music in a horror flick makes you feel even more scared… Energetic tunes work the same way. Pop on a playlist of songs that put a smile on your face. Bonus: Music is a gateway to dancing!
Cue the Coffeea natural mood enhancer, boosting your dopamine levels. (For even more of a pick-me-up, watch fun videos of Lisa making coffee drinks here!) Just DON’T overdo it. You don’t want to blow straight past perky to jittery...
MeditateResearch shows that stress reduction from meditation can have all kinds of positive effects, such as reducing blood pressure, relieving anxiety, and offsetting sadness. Beginners can start with a few quiet minutes of deep breathing. There are also great meditation apps out there, like Headspace (which has a free trial).
Take in NatureSunshine alone is a mood enhancer, and get this: Studies have found that feelings of awe (like the kinds triggered by the beauty of nature) can counteract stress. It gets better… Have a yard? Do some gardening! This study found that the smell of dirt (yes, really) can help lift your spirits. Color us convinced…
Physical ActivityAccording to a University of Vermont study, just 20 minutes can help improve your mood for up to 12 hours -- talk about an investment that pays off. It releases positive brain chemicals and reduces stress hormones. If you're in one of those "I DON'T WANNA" moods, start out with a couple minutes of SOMETHING. Jog in place, go for a walk, get your stretch on -- just start moving!
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This Sunday, May 10th, is Mother’s Day! If you can’t be with Mom this year, don’t underestimate the power of a phone call, video chat, or family Zoom session!
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