Exercise and eating well are the formula for looking good on the outside, but how you feel on the inside is just as important to ensure a healthy and happy lifestyle. While taking the time to stay in shape is important, be sure to take some time to boost your happiness too. These 10 wellness tricks can help to enhance your mood and ensure a happier, healthier you, inside and out.
It’s tempting to give up all fats as part of a healthier new lifestyle, but the right fats can actually boost your mood. Omega 3s are known for boosting mental health and can help people to better deal with stress. You can up your omega 3 intake with certain foods including oily fish and seafood, soybeans, walnuts and chia seeds or take a supplement.
They say that the ‘way to a man’s heart is through is stomach’, and to a certain extent, this is true! A UCLA study found that a change in our gut bacteria can affect our mood, and an imbalance therefore can cause a negative effect. Help resolve any imbalance with a probiotic and enjoy a better mood as a result.
Laughing is an incredible mood booster – it’s no wonder children are happier than adults. Find something funny to watch, read or listen to throughout the day – it could be a funny Twitter account, some YouTube videos or your favourite comedy TV show, whatever puts that much-needed smile on your face!
Magnesium is important for the body, helping to activate hundreds of the enzyme reactions that lead to our biochemical reactions. A deficiency can affect stress and hormone balance, affecting your mood. With almost 90% of people in the UK not getting enough magnesium, make sure you up your intake by adding some almonds or almond milk to your diet.
You may crave chocolate when your mood is low, and there’s a good reason for that. Tryptophan, a kind of amino acid helps in the production of serotonin, our happiness hormone and is found in a number of foods, including dark chocolate. This is especially important during the winter months when our serotonin levels are lower.
If you spend a lot of time indoors (especially during the working day), you could be lacking some essential vitamin D. Vitamin D can easily help you to boost your mood, and all you need to do is get outside. Make the effort to go for a walk during sunny periods such as lunchtime, but remember to wear SPF to avoid getting sunburn which will ruin your mood further!
Green tea is a wonderful alternative to classic hot drinks such as English breakfast tea or coffee, and is also known for helping to boost your mood. Containing L-Theanine, a calming amino acid, it can help us feel more relaxed and at ease.
While tunes with a heavy beat can boost our heartrates for exercise, classical or meditation music can have the opposite effect and can relax us. Whether you’re at work or on the move, listening to some chilled music can help to boost your mood aswell as calming you.
Exercise is an excellent wellness trick for boosting your mood. Not only will you experience the health benefits of being active, but the endorphin chemicals released during exercise will create positive feelings, as well as act as a natural painkiller. Follow our 10 Easy Exercises for Burning Calories.
Drowning in negativity can cause more negativity, so embracing positivity can instantly boost your mood. Whether it’s thinking about things that make you feel positive or keeping some positive quotes around on a post it, as reminders in your calendar or other form of reaching them, you can help to banish negative thoughts and surround yourself in positivity.
Wellness tricks may seem like simple mood boosters, but they can be extremely effective. Taking some time to look after your mind as well as your body will help you to feel better on the inside and out, helping you to get the most out of your healthier lifestyle.