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5 Proven Tips for a Happier Life
5 Proven Tips for a Happy Life
Once in a while we all feel lonely, sad or blue. However, as uncomfortable as these feelings may be,they are considered a normal part of life. We have all been there. We shrug our shoulders, we sigh, and then get depressed when we don't meet up to life challenges. That's just part of life. But, depression that is persistent, however, can be way more dangerous. It can even imply life-long consequences. Therefore you must keep your depression in check. Learn to cheer up your mood, and kick the blues out for good. Claim back your self esteem, and your emotional health. That's right you have the power. Here are five tips that will get you on the way to a brighter mood.
Tip #1. Get out of the dark!
Although a chemical imbalance in the brain is usually the cause for depression, a lack of sunlight can also be a culprit. Depression usually occurs from a chemical imbalance in a person's brain. This imbalance can be the result of many factors, such as lack of sunlight. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects 14% of the population. Throughout the year, the sun's movement causes natural biochemical changes in our circadian rhythms. Even animals are affected by these solar shifts, (ever wonder why some animals hibernate, or why there is a high incidence of suicides in the arctic region during the winter season when the sun doesn't rise?) Lack of sunlight can cause those with PMS, alcoholism, panic disorders, sleep disorders, and Bi-Polar disorder to suffer greatly during the winter months when days are shorter. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the dark that can make you feel sluggish and spiritless. So if you are always in the dark, cooped up in your apartment, you may be "overdosing" on melatonin. Get out of bed, and open your curtains. Let the sunlight in. Forget lunch in the office, go out to eat. You owe it to yourself to let the sun shine in your life!
Tip #2. Take "you" time every day.
Every day is a new day. Take time for yourself to read a favorite book, write poetry, or engage in some form of activity that is rewarding to you. Or maybe don't do anything at all. Sit back, put your feet up, play some relaxation music and chill. Why not? You deserve it. It's sad to see people in service jobs who entire work day is dedicated to serving the needs of others, come home and barely have time to sip a cup of tea in complete solitude. We all need that moment of silence for ourselves, to rewire our energies. It is time to demand this "you" time. Let family members know that in order for you to serve them best you need alone time, even if is for only 30 minutes daily. Not only will you be happier, but you will be providing a positive role model for emotional balance.
Tip #3. Give aromatherapy a try.
From helping you relax to boosting your immune system, aromatherapy is of great benefit for you. Clinical trials affirm that aromatherapy is effective for stress, anxiety, muscle pain and psychosomatic disorders. Fragrant compounds have a profound effect on our mind and behavior. In animal studies even mice that had consumed a large quantity of caffeine were calmed by the aroma of lavender, sandalwood, and other essential oils sprayed into their living quarters.
Tip #4. Eat "happy mood" foods
Serotonin seems to account for a positive mood state. Nutritionist, like Joy Bauer, believe that certain foods can create changes in this brain chemical. For example, mood swings during the menstrual cycle and menopause are thought to be caused by hormonal changes that influence the production of serotonin. For instance, turkey metabolizes tryptophan into serotonin and melatonin, neurotransmitters that exert a calming effect and regulates sleep. But, besides serotonin, there are other key nutrients in foods that can make you feel like a million bucks. Here are other "feel good" foods recommended by nutritionist Joy Bauer:
- Wild salmon (rich in omega 3 fats and vitamin D)
- Spinach - (rich in folic acid and soluble fiber)
- Skim milk - (rich in Vitamin D and B12)
- Ground flaxseeds (rich in soluble fiber, omega 3 fats and folic acid)
- Blackberries (rich in soluble fiber and folic acid)
- Omega 3 fortified eggs - (rich in omega 3 fats, Vitamin D and B12)
- Sardines ( rich in omega 3 fats and Vitamin D)
- Soybeans - (rich in soluble fiber, folic acid and omega 3 fats)
- Beans (rich in soluble fiber and folic acid)
- Brussels sprouts (soluble fiber and folic acid)
Tip #5 Get out of your shell!
For goodness sake go out and have fun. Stop making excuses, everyone needs a rush of excitement every once in a while. Even animals know this, observe the otter. Make plans to visit an amusement park, go bowling with some friends, or join a travel club. Even better, start one. Remember, no man is an island, socialization is key to happiness and well being.
Now go give those 5 Tips a try.