Right now, when social distancing makesa good hug hard to come by,try these other natural ways to boost your spirits!
1. Takea walkoutside
A simple walk can providea pleasant change of scenery while also stretching your muscles and improving your circulation.Brisk walking can make you feel better by releasing endorphins (the feel-good hormone) and boosting energy.
Walking in nature or other “green” spaces and basking in natural light has been proven to promote a calming, meditative mental state, improvingmood.
Plus, studies showthat exercisecan havea positive impact on depression. Active people tend to experience lower depressionrates, and exercise can be as effective as medication in alleviating long-term depression
.2. Look up and smile!
Evenif smiling is the last thing you feel like doing, forcing a smile will make you feel better.How?The physical act of smiling sends messages to your brain to release “feel good” hormones. It also reduces stress, boosts your immune system, lowers blood pressure, improves digestion, and can even help you livelonger!
Plus, when you smile, other people are more likely to smile back, which also lifts your mood.
The neurologyof our “visual brain” is a bit complicated, but casting your eyes upwardscan improvemood, creativity, and a senseof well-being. Builders of ornate cathedrals have known this for centuries. In the cell phone age,studies confirm that looking down damagesmood, whereaslooking up improvesit.
3. Good foods and essential oils
Certain foods are provenmood- boosters as wellas someessential oils.Since up to 90% of your body’s production of the “feel- good” hormone serotonin is produced in your gut, foods matter. Mood-boosting foods include dark chocolate, salmon, oats, bananas, berries, nuts, seeds, coffee, and fermented foods. Overall, adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet has been shown toreduce depression.
Essential oils work by stimulating your senseof smell, which can discriminate between overa trillion different scents! Although the researchis still limited, some essential oils havebeen used successfullyto boost mood, including lemon oil, lavender,ylang-ylang, rosemary,basil and clarysage.
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