5 quick ways to boost your mood
Every day, you balance a lot of things.
Time with family, work commitments, managing schedules, paying bills, answering emails, not forgetting appointments, cooking dinner, trying to get enough sleep, hoping it won’t rain during your week of holidays…
And for the most part you get through it all relatively unscathed. But during weeks that are a little rougher on the stress levels, sometimes your mood can take an extra hit.
But if you lean more heavily on stimulants like caffeine, alcohol or sugar to get through these trickier times, all you’re doing is giving your misery a little extra company.
Here are five ways you can boost your mood naturally:
1. Ditch the morning jolt.
Cut out the artificial and temporary mood boost from the caffeine (and often sugar) found in soda, coffee and energy drinks.
2. Eat real food.
Ditch overly processed, packaged products in favour of whole foods to ensure that every bite nourishes your body.
3. Keep your blood sugar stable.
When you get that sinking feeling that has you reaching for coffee or chocolate at three in the afternoon, your blood sugar could use a little boost. Make sure you’re eating a mixture of protein, complex carbs (sweet potato, brown rice, strawberries) and good fats (avocado, coconut oil, raw, unsalted almonds) at each meal to keep everything balanced.
4. Get out in the sun.
Low vitamin D has been linked to depression. Aim for 15 minutes a day – without sunscreen – in order to get the benefit of that sun exposure.
5. Eat your mood boosters.
Include leafy greens for their B vitamins, zinc and magnesium, oily fish like salmon, herring, mackerel or organic eggs for their Omega 3 content and include ground flax seeds, chia seeds or pumpkin seeds for essential fatty acids, protein and fat.