Dealing with deadlines, commutes, bills, and other annoyances can get you down, but the most frustrating part about all of life’s little problems? They make you feel like you don’t even have time to relax. Unfortunately, most of us can’t escape to the spa in the middle of the work day, so instead, we found the easiest, fastest, and most enjoyable ways to boost your mood. Take a deep breath, and try a few of our tips to relax and feel better. Namaste!
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Try a little aromatherapy to lift your spirits. Lemon will enhance your mood and lavender will help you relax. Not into essential oils? Find a candle scent you love and take a few deep breaths, which will help calm your mind as you enjoy the scent.
Source: Alt Medicine
We won’t have to twist your arm to try this tip. Eat a small piece of dark chocolate as your afternoon snack and you’ll reap the benefits of its brain-boosting serotonin. Plus, cocoa has a sizable amount of magnesium, which is very calming for the mind and body.
Bananas pack a powerful punch when it comes to their mood-boosting abilities. They’re the perfect snack after a particularly tedious meeting or draining workout because they’re full of dopamine, the reward chemical in your brain that makes you feel amazing.
Need a simple yet extremely effective way to de-stress? Find a furry friend. There are plenty of reasons why having a pet helps you relax, but if you don’t have an animal of your own, petting any dog or cat will do. After all, studies have shown that petting dogs can lower your heart rate. Plus, animals are cute—you don’t need science to tell you why they make you smile!
Source: Web MD
Don’t have time for a full-fledged yoga session? No worries—jump straight into the bridge pose to raise your spirits. This stretch opens your heart center and makes you feel energized and invigorated. Add some deep breaths to get the most out of it.
Channel your inner 7-year-old whenever you need a little extra happiness. How? Find a trampoline and start jumping. This is good old-fashioned fun that’ll automatically make you smile, and on a scientific level, the activity is supposed to aid your lymph and immune systems, to give you a boost of energy.
A little exercise can help relieve anxiety, depression, and stress—hello, endorphins! Double up on happiness by exercising outside, since vitamin D from the sun happens to be an amazing mood-booster too.
What do you do when you need a mood boost? Share your techniques in the comments!
Source: Mayo Clinic