4 Surprising Ways To Lift Your Mood
For many us, the stress and boredom of lockdown has affected our mood and energy levels. But, being in a better mood improves our physical health, leads us to make better lifestyle decisions, and helps us strengthen relationships. When we feel better mentally, we feel better physically and emotionally, too. It’s not all about exercise and healthy eating! (all though these are important too) So, here's 4 surprising ways you can help your mood you can try right now...
We’ve all seen the countless help online to lift our moods via exercise, diet, meditation, music etc… but many people don't know that by adjusting what we see around us, we can improve our outlook and gain a better sense of personal wellbeing. You see, when it comes to colours; surrounding yourself with objects of a certain hue can increase happiness, sharpen focus, or even influence appetite! For example, small splashes of yellow tend to make people think of summer, sunshine and flowers and yellow is connected to increased mood and mental activity. Similarly, splashes of orange lift the mood and low energy levels and have been shown to have an influence on your focus and concentration too. Blues and greens can be soothing and calming and when we combine these shades with subtle and popular blacks, creams and whites you can create the right surroundings and moods for your home to help to keep you motivated and happier. Woohoo… an excuse to re-decorate!
Think About Your Clothes:
Similarly, we can use these bright colours in our clothes in the same way. Bright colours (even in small icons) trigger neurological responses in the brain and causes the hypothalamus gland to release hormones associated with happiness. Visually seeing bright colours such as pink, red, orange and yellow help with the release of dopamine, making us feel happier and also wearing the clothes with blue causes the release of oxytocin making us feel more calm, ideal if you suffer from stress. There’s never been a better time to buy a new wardrobe!!
Listen To Music:
If you’ve ever listened to a couple of great songs and felt like your whole day turned around for the better, you’re probably right! We’ve all experienced an emotional connection with music. A good song can make us feel happy or sad, in love or angry. In recent years, scientific studies have confirmed the connection between music and mood.
Some studies have found that listening to music you enjoy may increase the release of pleasure-causing substances in the brain like norepinephrine and melatonin. It may also decrease stress-causing hormone production in the body.
Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity. Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning. This is one of the reasons why so often something that we smell will trigger a memory or remind us of something or someone. For example, did you know that you can instantly boost your mood by smelling an orange? Try slicing an orange and basking it its refreshing scent to see for yourself.
Lemon. This scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you're feeling angry, anxious or run down. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body's immune system and improving circulation.
Jasmine. Like lavender, jasmine it is also used to calm nerves, but this oil is also commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalized energy.
Peppermint. Try peppermint when brainstorming. An energy booster, this scent invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking.
As well as the above tips, it’s vital to get enough sleep, eat well and move to maintain strong mental wellbeing too. Check out this article HERE to read more about exercise and its effects on the brain and mood. For more support with wellbeing tips, free workouts and recipes then sign up free at https://www.7minutemornings.com/free.
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