How can you lift your mood? Right now I am in the enviable position of being able to instantly lift my mood by gazing out over a panorama of hills and ocean.
However it occurred to me that not everyone is so lucky and wondered just what you can do when you are feeling a little bit sad or down in the dumps. With that in mind I have put together a few strategies that may help to blow the blues away and lift your mood.
This isn’t about clinical depression, that is for the specialists, but everyone gets a bit down at times and if it happens too often it might be an idea to nip it in the bud.
As part of our regular diet Chris and I eat what we refer to as “Happy Nuts” more commonly known as Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts contain Selenium and research has pretty well proved that depression or negativity is linked to low Selenium levels in the body.
The required level of Selenium is a fine balance and one or two Brazil nuts a day is all you require. . A good diet that includes foods that contain Selenium is a safe way to maintain the correct level.
According to Dr Josh Axe the top ten foods that contain Selenium are.
1. Brazil Nuts
2. Yellow fin tuna
5. Grass fed Beef
7. Beef Liver
The body produces a chemical called Serotonin which is linked to depression when the level becomes too low. One of the key ingredients needed for making serotonin is Tryptophan. By eating foods that contain Tryptophan you can produce more Serotonin. It may sound a bit like a chemistry lesson but it is further proof that good health and a good diet are linked.
Some foods that contain Tryptophan are.
8. Pumpkin Seeds
Incorporating more of these foods into your diet may help you to feel happier and more positive.
Many people will be aware that Tryptophan helps to induce sleep, which is probably why it is easy to become comatose after eating Thanksgiving dinner. Nothing to do with the wine at all!!
This may not be a bad thing since sleep plays a big part in how we feel. Lack of sleep has been linked to depression and mood swings. Going without sleep for short periods of time won’t have a noticeable effect on your health but over time it can cause major problems. Deep restful sleep is when the body heals and rejuvenates itself so it is crucial for health and well being.
If a good night’s sleep eludes you try to nap during the day. Instead of watching television put on some headphones and listen to soothing music, meditation or hypnosis tracks. If noise and distractions are a problem, invest in a set of noise cancelling headphones, they are amazing. When we lived aboard “Reliance’ our sailing boat, we used them to do away with the noise and stress of howling winds. We just pretended it wasn’t happening!!
Regular exercise can also have a positive effect on your mood. Exercising helps the body to release endorphins which make you feel good. It also releases happy chemicals such as Dopamine into your brain which also lifts your mood. Many athletes talk about a natural high after a bout of training and its not hard to see why.
Exercise can take many forms but at the end of the day a good brisk walk in fresh air will suffice and if you can do it in a clean environment so much the better.
Colour and environment will also affect your mood. There isn’t much you can do about your workplace but you can make sure your home makes you feel good especially if you have a stressful job.
Get rid of clutter and surround yourself with things that bring you joy. Some colours are naturally depressing while others are soothing and tranquil. Don’t underestimate the impact of colour in your life, experiment and see what has a positive effect.
Lastly add a little colour to your wardrobe, avoid too much black or dark and sombre shades. A splash of colour can help to lift your mood and gives off positive vibes which attracts others.
Smile and Lift Your Mood 🙂
Remember life is not a dress rehearsal, so smile and be happy. Smiling is the easiest and quickest way to lift your mood.