Moods fluctuate from day to day. How is your mood as of late? Are you feeling upbeat or plain beat? If the latter, there are some things you can do to improve your mood starting today. There is no need to go through life feeling downtrodden by everyday events regardless how heavy things may be. The ability to be strong, understanding and open to try new things to enhance one's mood can make all the difference immediately.
Mood, what is it?
According to Miriam Webster mood is defined as a conscious state of mind, predominant emotion, or a prevailing attitude. One’s mood may be impacted by an array of things such as environments, people, thoughts, words, weather, jobs, etc. We all have the power to control how events make us feel regardless of the situation. It may take practice and time but it is possible to be in control of our moods.
12 Ways to Improve Your Mood
1. Be out in Nature
a. Can’t stress enough how the sounds of birds, bugs, leaves moving and water flowing is an amazing thing to the psyche.
b. Lift weights, participate in yoga, tai chi, qi gong, pilates, etc.
3. Listening to Music
a. Music helps the body, especially the mind relax, this in turns creates a great environment for a positive mood to be revealed.
a. Harmonize (Singing out loud enhances the experience…tune or no tune) Helpful in relieving stress and having one feel extremely good.
5. Vitamins & Minerals
a. B Vitamin, Vitamin D, Multivitamin
b. Zinc, Magnesium
i. Mood regulation is imperative to making one feel vibrant and well. Vitamins and minerals are known to enhance moods.
a. Relaxes the endocannabinoid system. Increases and or stabilizes the feel-good hormone (serotonin). Has ones well being function at optimum levels of happiness.
7. Meditation/Prayer/Mindful Practice
a. Calming and soothing to the spirit. Helps to reduce anxiety and stress; while increasing moods.
8. Congregate with friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers.
a. Spend time with those you care about. (Laugh, play games, talk, have a good time).
a. The brain and gut health are interconnected; what you feed both will impact your mood. This can be helpful regarding stress levels too. How is your gut doing lately?
10. Omega 3
a. Has the ability to reduce depression by 50% and helps with clearing the mind. Omega 3 is an anti-inflammatory that can move through the brain's cell membrane to interact with mood-related molecules.
11. Limit Media Coverage/Viewing
a. Most of the media messages are negative. This is why it is imperative to avoid the News and negative stories as much as possible.
12. Volunteer or Donate
a. There are millions of people on this planet in need of your help. No matter what you may think of yourself, you really do matter. Believe it or not, you have more than millions of people on this earth, even if you look around yourself and see differently. You are indeed blessed and highly favored to not only help yourself but others too. Start giving; your mood will be your witness to how good you can feel. You can decide to help people or organizations with (time, money, words, etc.). Someone needs you to make their day; you can do it too.
Moods can change from day to day. However, one thing that is certain is the choices we make via our actions may play a big part in how we will feel throughout the day. We all have the power to do things differently if we want something different. Want to feel happy, think and speak happy thoughts and words. Trying one or all or even some of your own methods to help improve your mood will set you up for success no matter where you are at in life.
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