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Healthy Tips to Boost Your Mood

Updated on November 17, 2013
Healthy Ways to Boost Your Mood
Healthy Ways to Boost Your Mood

Everyone is looking for more healthier ways to boost their mood. We all want to be happy, healthy, full of good cheer and energy! I find that boosting your mood naturally by eating sensibly, drinking lots of water, getting plenty of rest, taking herbs and sleeping well are all healing ways to happiness. During spring, summer, winter or fall, some people feel depressed, overwhelmed, unappreciated and overcommitted all year long.

Whether it is during the summer or winter months, the following mood boosting health tips will come in handy. With a few strategies, herbs and natural food choices, you will feel happier and be healthier! All it takes on your part is to follow through with the mood boosting tips I have gathered here for you. So check them out for yourself and may you be off to a happy healthy year!

Eat and Drink Sensibly

Most of us during the winter months feel depressed due to stress, tension, deadlines at work, overcommitted schedules, sleepless nights, restlessness, loads of homework, hours of studying and too many appointments, engagements or commitments. All year long you should be aware of certain foods and alcohol. Like some foods, alcohol will boost your mood only for a short while. Then your mood will go down again. Exercise plays a key role in boosting your mood. People should exercise as much as they can during the week to increase brain function. This will bring up their mood.

To keep a stable mood, you want to maintain your blood sugar levels and avoid sugar altogether. Eating foods that are slow to digest will help you do that. High fiber foods such as oats, brown rice, beans, apples, and other fruits and vegetables are good examples. Foods high in fiber are also an important staple of a healthy diet.

To reduce your hunger before meals; snack on seeds, nuts, fruit, low fat cheese, or low sodium soup. To eat a high fiber low glycemic breakfast in the morning is also important! A low glycemic breakfast consists of tofu, eggs, whole grain cereals, low fat yogurt and peanut butter. If you are worried about consuming too much calories throughout the day, this kind of breakfast is for you! A low glycemic breakfast every morning will surely keep you in a happy mood!

As the holidays approach, make healthy dishes and snacks like hummus, tahini, vegetable dip such as eggplant, artichoke or zuchinni and serve with seven grain, whole grain or whole wheat crackers. You may also want to pick up some gourmet dark chocolate with a high cocoa content. The higher the cocoa content in dark chocolate, the better it is for you! Dark chocolate can lower blood sugar and is good for you. It contains healthy flavonoids and a mood booster called theobromine. If you are sensitive though, be aware because dark chocolate does contain some caffeine.

Take vitamin D supplements daily if you suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and depression are caused by lack of vitamin D. These illnesses are linked to vitamin D deficiency. Boosting your mood year round is quite simple! Incorporate some fish oils into your diet such as cod liver oil and B vitamins and watch your mood go full swing!

Healthy Herbs

To calm your nerves during stressful situations, it is recommended to use a natural approach. Steeping nettles in boiling water and then drinking it balances the adrenals. Tonic herbs deliver calcium to your system. Clinical herbalists recommend steeping loose nettles in boiling water and allowing the herbs to soak. By letting the herbs sit overnight, this helps release the vitamins and minerals from the nettles. Make sure you strain the tea before drinking it either hot or cold. If you like you can add elderberries and oat straw to your herbal tea. Elderberries are antiviral, while oat straw helps balance the nervous system. The tea mixture releases magnesium as it steeps for a long time which helps the body to relax.

Pick up some Rose Petal tea for anxiety at your local grocery store. As you drink this tea, it will make you feel relaxed. Another tincture is "Motherwort", which is used to reduce anxiety. Another healing herb that offers relief with insomnia and racing thoughts is called Skullcap.

St. John's Wort and lemon balm teas work best for those who are coping with SAD. Lemon balm tea aids in digestion and is delightfully relaxing. Holy basil is the ayurvedic name for Tulsi. Tulsi helps the body to manage stress. You can find Tulsi at Whole Foods and some local supermarkets. This herb comes in a variety of ways. The most common variety is found in teas.

Water, Sleep and Rest

During the year, it is essential to get enough sleep. Adequate sleep clears your mind and renews the body. The more rest you get the better you feel. Sleeping enough hours everyday will enhance your energy level. You can then cut back on caffeinated coffee and tea.

Lifting morning fatigue is as simple as drinking a glass of warm water with lemon juice. Lemon juice is also great for cleansing the digestive organs and diminuishing irritability. Everyone should drink at least 64 ounces of water a day! The more water you consume, the less likely you will over eat. Water is a natural detoxification for the body. Alcohol should be limited though as it does not allow you to sleep well. Plus, alcohol can leave your body dehydrated.

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    • Coolpapa profile image

      Coolpapa 4 years ago from Florida

      So few understand how important sleep is. Thanks for refreshing our memories!

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      Marla Rose 5 years ago from Aventura, Florida

      Hi Donna.

      Yes, it is very critical to drink water everyday and be well hydrated. Everyone needs to take care of themselves and ensure their bodies are in good health. By drinking plenty of water, it is one way we all can stay healthy. I'm glad you liked the artice. I appreciate your thoughtfulness! Have a wonderful day!

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      Donna Wallace 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great article! You are so right about dehydration. Water is critical to both our physical and mental health.

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      You are so right in what you are saying, many people don't realize quite what effect different foods and exercise have on our moods. I know that if I don't head out for a run or cycle first thing, I probably won't get out later in the day and that can really effect how I feel for the rest of the day.

      I used to drink lemon and hot water, but was worried about the acid on my teeth, so I stopped. I'll occasionally drink it now when I know I've not drunk enough water, because it's winter and too cold...

      An interesting hub and thank you for sharing....

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      Madurai 5 years ago from Online

      Great tips about changing mood to a positive way..

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      Marla Rose 6 years ago from Aventura, Florida

      Absolutely! Your welcome! I so am glad I could provide you with helpful tips! If we just watch what we eat and exercise regularly, we could enhance our moods tremendously.

      Thank you for your comment!

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Thank you for these tips! It's so true, sometimes we underestimate what we eat and how it affects our mood.