When life gets you down, there are two choices: wallow in it or do something about it. We always go for the later, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite ways to get you back to your happy place if you stumble off the path.
Nourish Your Body, Mind, and Emotional Health
One of the best things that you can do to keep bad moods at bay and improve overall health is to understand the role that good nutrition plays in it all. Reach for citrus fruits, legumes, and leafy green vegetables because they boast high levels of folate, which has a direct effect on neurotransmitters that regulate moods. Fish such as wild salmon and flounder are also great choices because they carry natural mood-enhancing nutrients.
Get Out And Smell The Roses
Another mood booster that has more than one benefit is to get outside, breathe fresh air, and take a walk around your neighborhood. Mild to moderate exercise releases mood-enhancing endorphins that make us feel better. An added benefit is the healthy dose of Vitamin D you’ll get with the sun exposure.
Hugs For Happiness
There is nothing more important in our lives than our connection with our friends and loved ones. Studies have suggested that hugging someone you love produces high levels of serotonin and endorphins that can directly impact moods in a positive way.
Set The Mood
Just changing your surroundings a bit can help. Light some candles, put on your favorite music, and relax. Deep breathing exercises, meditation, and a serene environment can be just the thing to pull you out of a funk. A warm, scented bath can also do wonders!
Tomorrow Is Another Day
A good night’s sleep (maybe after that relaxing bath) may be the best way to put a bad day or mood behind you. Take a deep breath and count your blessings. Many times all it takes is that ah-ha moment when you realize how many other good things are happening in your life.