Top tips for boosting your mood
Although many of us plan to always be on our game and feel optimistic and full of vitality that is simply not always the case. In fact it can be very challenging especially with our modern day environment being so full of challenges and stressors on the body. Here are some simple and effective hacks to try that can help bring us back on track and boost our moods that won’t hinder us in the long-term.
1. CHOOSE FOODS TO MINIMISE STRESS
Stress wreaks havoc on the body and every little thing we can do to reduce it including food choices will go a long way in our desire for optimal health, great bodies and boosting your mood. Try to increase foods rich in magnesium as this is a mineral that can be leached from the body during these times, leading to lowered energy levels, sleeplessness, headaches, muscle aches, tension, soreness, and poor memory.
- Dried apricots to your snack after exercise
- Spinach to your morning omelette
- Mix pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a wee bag for a morning snack
2. A BOUT OF CARDIO
A proven way to ease anxiety and boost mood naturally is with a bout of cardio. Getting your heart pumping increases the release of mood-stabilising neurotransmitters, like serotonin, norepinephrine and GABA, which is why you can feel like you’re sweating off stress during Spin class. The good vibes continue: A study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that doing 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (jogging, not sprinting) makes you more resilient against stressors hours later, like preparing for that big meeting with your boss. Try a quick blast of cardio on the morning of a hectic day, or to unwind at the end of one. If possible, take it outside – numerous studies show that fresh air provides a big mood boost.
3. INCLUDE A PROBIOTIC IN YOUR NUTRITION
Our gut actually produces many of the neurotransmitters that are responsible for how we feel. A healthy gut is key to boosting mood and keeping it there. While it’s not something we would think of in the first instance it is something many people struggle with. The neurotransmitter serotonin that has a big influence on our happiness and relaxation is produced mostly in the gut so if this is a little off we can see how hard it might be to pick ourselves back up without addressing this area. Adding in a probiotic supplement is a great start or if you prefer try using foods such as apple cider vinegar or fermented foods.
While we all realise that it’s important to drink water for optimal performance and function, many studies show that a lack of water consumption also has a negative impact on our mood. This is something very simple and very easy to add into a daily routine. Try starting your day with a glass of water and set yourself a water goal of 1-2 litres of plain water per day. Don’t wait, however, to feel thirsty, as thirst is generally a sign that you are already slightly dehydrated.