9 tips to improve your mood, naturally
Feel good tips to improve your mood
Health and well-being specialist, yoga therapist and dietitian, Suzanne Pearson shares her tips on how to improve your mood when you’re feeling low or lacking energy.
We can all feel low from time to time and staying positive can sometimes feel like a battle. Taking time to support your mental health has never been more important. Though it may feel like your emotional state is out of your control, there are some simple tricks you can learn to help change your mood and put you in more positive head space.
‘Fake it till you make it’…literally. The simple act of smiling can trick your mind into thinking you feel better than you actually do. How? Smiling activates the release of messengers from your brain that help decrease stress and increase feelings of happiness. Eventually, your emotions and mindset will follow suit. Try it for yourself. Hope you are smiling right now.
2. Be kind
Helping other people makes us feel better about ourselves. It can be as simple as holding the door open, giving someone a genuine compliment or saying please and thank you. When considering kindness, be sure to include yourself. Check yourself when negative talk arises and do something that brings you joy every day. If you wouldn’t say it to your best friend, then don’t say it to yourself.
3. Address stress
We all experience stress. Occasional stress is manageable; it can even motivate us to get things done. But when stress is intense and ongoing, it has an impact on your physical and mental health. You might even notice changes in mood or emotions. Watch the sun rise or set, take a walk in nature, try yoga, meditation or other relaxation techniques to help you de-stress and improve mood. Make time to do things that are nourishing and satisfying to help manage stress and lift your spirits. Here are some breathing tips that can help you during stressful situations.
4. Go for gratitude
You can’t help but have a positive mindset when you are thinking about the things in your life that you are grateful for. Keep a list you can refer to anytime you need to reframe your thinking and focus your energy on the positive. When we turn our attention to the positive aspects of life, it’s possible to change our habitual pattern of thinking, which can lead to a more positive outlook on life overall.
5. Sweat it out
When you’re feeling low, binge-watching Netflix may have more appeal than exercise. But getting up and moving is exactly what your body needs. Movement prompts the release of endorphins in the brain. These feel-good chemicals are natural pain and stress relievers that help boost mood. There is no need to spend hours at the gym, anything that gets you moving and increases your heart rate is a good thing. Find something that will bring you joy. It could be dancing, trampolining, or going for a walk. Put on some uplifting music and sweat it out. The next time you find your mood slipping, get up and get moving for an instant energy boost.
6. Check your posture
Our posture speaks volumes. When crossing the finish line, a gold medal athlete reaches their hands up in victory, chest and heart open. Conversely, we tend to cross our arms and hunch our shoulders when we are hurt or in need of protection. In addition to expressing how you feel, how you carry yourself also impacts your energy levels, mood and ability to focus. Research shows that simply altering your posture to a more upright position can improve mood and energy levels. Easy as!
7. Nourish your mind
Your mind works hard for you and requires fuel to function and keep you well. What you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your energy and mood. Enjoying a variety of high-quality whole foods like fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, lean protein and nuts and seeds ensures you get the nutrients you need to nourish and energise your mind and body. Take your time when eating – enjoy each bite – and consider how you are caring for your body and mind. Tune in to how you feel after eating different foods – not just in the moment, but on the following day as well. You may be surprised by how different you feel.
8. Let it out
Share the way you are feeling with a friend or family member. Recognising and talking about your feelings is a great way to release them and any related stress and tension. As an added bonus, social connection is also beneficial for emotional well-being. If you’re low mood is lasting longer or you don’t feel comfortable talking with relatives or friends, reach out to a trained professional who can help.
Sleep and mood are intimately connected. You may have noticed this yourself. Having a sleepless night may make you may feel irritable, tired and more susceptible to stress. Once you’ve had a restful sleep, mood and energy improve. And it can work both ways – sleep loss can affect your mood, and your mood can affect how much and how well you sleep. So getting enough sleep and the right kind of sleep is important. Set yourself up for sleep success by heading to bed around the same time each night, switching off electronics at least one hour before bed and make your bedroom a sleep haven. Sweet dreams…
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Suzanne Pearson is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Yoga Therapist and Well-being Advisor with experience across clinical and corporate health. She is passionate about empowering people with various physical and mental health concerns to take control of their health and wellness. Appreciating that no two people can be cared for in the same way, she works with individuals to understand their unique needs and offers personalised lifestyle solutions for health and healing.