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5 Easy Ways to Lift Your Mood
Having a bad day? You're not alone! But did you know that there are a number of simple steps you can take to lift your spirits and dispel those dark clouds? Try one, or all of the following and see what a difference they can make to your mood.
Even though you may not feel like it, socializing with positive people is the number one way to shrug off those blues and get your positivity levels rising. Phone a friend who makes you smile, invite your neighbours over for a chat and a cuppa, or go online and immerse yourself in positive social media banter. It’s all good, and it really works!
2. Change the record!
Listening to uplifting tracks is a sure way to raise your levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin (otherwise known as the brain’s happy chemical). So put on those headphones and let those melodies work their magic on your mood.
3. Treat yourself!
Do something totally selfish and allow yourself to wallow in your indulgence. It doesn’t have to be anything costly; in fact, it’s often the little things that make us feel the happiest, like a new hairdo, a perfumed bubble bath or a feel-good movie. The point is that your brain will pick up on the positivity of your actions and the message “I deserve it” will sink into your subconscious and lift your spirits.
Get moving! Whether it’s a brisk walk or an aerobics session, studies show us that exercise really does help to improve our mood, as it causes the brain to release endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. The combination of these chemicals provides the ultimate ‘feel good’ cocktail and, in some cases have been shown to work as effectively as antidepressant pills. You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re doing something good for your body as well as your state of mind.
5. Feed your mind!
Oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon, along with seeds such as pumpkin and sesame contain essential Omega-3 fatty acids which naturally increase serotonin levels in the brain, alleviating depression and making us feel more positive. Over time, you’ll notice an improvement in the condition of your hair and skin too, so get creative in the kitchen and start smiling :-)
Your change in mood ultimately starts with you taking positive action, so put these five top tips into practice and don't forget to spread the smiles.