5 NATURAL MOOD BOOSTERS
YOU SHOULD TRY
Different things you can do to boost yourself into a good mood.
Photography: Myself, Jake Mellor
We all need little pick me ups every now and again. I know I’m not the only one who has those days where nothing just seems to be going right, where all I want to do is climb back in bed and shut the world out. I guess you could say I’m sort of in that mindset at the minute, with around 5 different assignments just having been handed out in college and my spare time consumed with work, I have little time to do things which make me happy. But however, when I do get the time; I tend to try and do the things which I’m going to mention in this post! On another little note, recently on Twitter I did a small poll asking what sort of Christmas content you all would like to see from me, and the results were extremely close between doing more Christmas based blog posts, and Christmas vlogs. So I figured the best thing to do would be to try and do a mix of the two, which I’ll hopefully begin rolling out towards the end of this month and the beginning of December. I apologise for the lack of content recently, but as I mentioned I’ve literally been overrun with college assignments and I’ve just found myself having no time to sit down and write (or at least finish) a whole blog post, and any time I have had I’ve honestly been feeling so tired that I’ve not had the energy. You could call me a bad blogger, but I hope that you’ll understand that with so much going on at the minute it makes it a little hard for me to bring out new posts as much as what I’d like to.
I am trying my best though and have got a small bundle of little ideas written down ready to be typed up into posts, which I’ll hopefully get done over the next week or so. So bare with me, and keep checking my social media to stay up to date with everything. Further news on the giveaway I’ve previously mentioned will be announced soon as well…. Now back to the topic! Here are five ways you can naturally lift your mood, when you feel that you’re stuck in a rough patch.
No I don’t mean go out there and eat everything and anything you can get your hands on. Let’s think for a minute. Whilst comfort eating may seem like a good idea at the time, it’ not going to benefit you in any way, in fact you’re more likely to stay in a bad mood if you binge out on unhealthy foods. So leave that extra bar of chocolate in the cupboard and try and look for some mood boosting foods which will do your brain and your body some good. This took me a while to get my head around, but there are foods out there which actually do help you to lift your mood; Walnuts, kiwi, bananas, sour cherries, pineapple, tomatoes, and plums are all naturally high in serotonin. You can also eat foods high in tryptophan, an essential amino acid that your body converts to serotonin, a natural mood booster.
Don’t just sit around by yourself all day, nobody likes that now do they? Get outside and do something with some friends or loved ones! If you can’t go out, invite them to you? There’s almost nothing stopping you from surrounding yourself with people who are going to make you smile and happy. Naturally being around people does help to lift your mood all round. You never know, even if you feel like you want to be left alone forever, after spending an hour or two with some friends, you might not want them to leave.
COFFEE & SLEEP
These two things sort of go hand in hand with each other. One, try and get enough sleep every night, that’s right, no staying up late in bed scrolling down your phone, or watching an extra episode of that show you’ve began binge watching on netflix. Get at least eight hours sleep and give your brain and body the time they need to recharge so that you’ll be ready to get going the next day. Two, drink some coffee. Drinking coffee in the morning is something I’ve probably talked about on my blog way too many times and whilst it may be starting to sound a little repetitive, I can’t praise it enough. I know coffee isn’t everyone’s ideal drink, but for me having a nice cup of coffee in the morning is the thing which can turn me from ‘newly awoken beast’ to ‘calm awake teenager’ and is definitley something which helps to get me in a better mood every morning.
Do I work out? No. Do I try and stay as active as possible during my every day life? Yes. I’m not really the type of person to do an actual work out. As much as I’d love to begin going to the gym and getting more fit, I just don’t have the time. If like me you don’t have the time to necessarily do a full blown work out then staying as active and on your feet as you can throughout the day is a great place to start when you want to just try and stay that little bit more healthy! Rather than taking the short route because it’s easier, take the longer route and go for that extra walk. Rather than driving to the shop, go for a walk, take the dog and make it a nice little trip! There are so many different things that we could all do throughout each day to just stay that little bit fitter than we would be otherwise.
BREAK YOUR ROUTINE
It’s no fun being stuck in a rut. Whenever possible try and throw something new into your days. Doing the same things over and over always seems to make me get very bored very quickly, which is why I try and make the most of my days off and do things I wouldn’t necessarily do any other day. Go to a new place maybe? Go watch a new film? Have a luxurious shopping day and treat yourself to some new things. Spice it up a little and add some more excitement to your life!
These are just a few of so many different ways you can lift your mood when you’re stuck feeling a bit glum. What are your favourite things to do to cheer yourself up?
An image in this post has been sourced from Google Images. Credit goes to the original owner.