If you are in need of a pick-me-up these days, you don’t have to splurge on a new pair of shoes or break your bank account. Instead, you can lift your spirits with some simple tips that will turn your frown upside down and kick up your energy a few notches!
As much as we like to feel accomplished and ensure that we are being productive, all too often we can spiral down into a working whirlwind. Sitting at the desk all day and staring into the screen can zap you of your energy and drain your mood. To get out of your rut, all you have to do is get back on your feet! Yes, it is as simple as taking a few moments to stand tall, stretch your arms, and wiggle your toes and fingers. A boost in circulation will deliver much needed oxygen-rich blood to your cells. You will feel an instant surge of energy and while you’re reaching for the stars, turn that frown upside down. A smile will trigger the release of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical that will instantly perk up your mood!
Stress can wreak havoc on our thoughts and behavior. Negative thought patterns may eventually contribute to depression, anxiety, and possibly an unfulfilling lifestyle. On the flip side, more positive thoughts can instantly lift your spirits and change your outlook. Try the following exercise: each day write down at least three things for which you are grateful. Your mind will instantly tune into a positive channel and you will begin to focus on the blessings in your life. Instead of dragging yourself down with what you wish you had, boost your mood by acknowledging all the things that you do have at this moment. You will begin to see that your glass is half full with abundance!
There is nothing like your favorite tune to instantly make you feel like a rock star! Whether you enjoy jazz or the latest pop, studies indicate that listening or creating music can potentially treat depression, autism, and help in pain management. Try to listen to music that triggers happy thoughts and memories or calms you when you are feeling stressed. After a few minutes you may find the urge to shimmy--or perhaps enjoy a deep meditation. Whatever your choice may be, make sure to have your favorite go-to list of tunes on handy for an instant lift!
Bonus Tip: Try my Waterlily Music CD to here the soothing sounds of nature and calm your spirits.
If your closet is full of gray and black, it may be time to add a splash of color. Just changing out of your usual monochrome dark colors can instantly lift your spirits. In particular, bright shades of red, pink, and yellow are best for stimulating your brain. You don’t have to toss your favorite gray shirt for a wardrobe that looks like a Crayola box! Adding just one or two brighter items to your closet is all you may need to color your mood happy.
Another great and delicious way to boost the levels of serotonin in you brain is to munch on some healthy carbs. To get the health benefits you crave, it is best to stick with whole grains and fruit. Pass on the processed chips and sweet treats for carbohydrates that will provide you with the slow release of energy you need to carry you through the day. If you’re feeling blue, try snacking on about 30 grams of good carbs, which is just the right amount to give you the lift you need:
• ½ whole grain toast with 1 tbs nut butter and ½ cup of berries
• ½ cup oatmeal with a handful of unsalted nuts and dried cranberries
• 1 banana
I hope that these simple tips will boost your mood all season long!
You can find more ways to live a long and healthy life in Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100. In addition, The Natural Health Dictionary makes a great companion to your quest for longevity. It is a comprehensive guide that answers all your questions about natural remedies, healing herbs, longevity foods, vitamins, and supplements.
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May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
This blog is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all information presented is accurate, as research and development in the medical field is ongoing, it is possible that new findings may supersede some data presented.
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