We all feel “down” sometimes. I know I do. Learning to boost your mood is an essential part of becoming mindful as you discover that you have the inner resources to feel better.
How to Boost Your Mood
Countless factors influence your mood like your diet, your environment, your circumstances, your brain function, your sleep, etc. You cannot control everything, but you can control a few things. Not only the following ways to boost your mood are simple and effective but they are proven by science.
1. Intermittent Fasting
Many women will find that when they are fasting and producing ketones, they feel different. They have more energy, they feel focused, and their mood is more stable. That’s a beautiful intermittent fasting benefit that you will love.
In this study, participants who practiced intermittent fasting noticed significant improvements in emotional well-being/depression scores relative to control.
Many mindfulness practices will boost your mood: gratitude, acceptance, attention, and meditation are a few examples.
As you learn to feel grateful for the little blessings in your life, you will notice that your mood improves. You can choose to enjoy smells when you go out, appreciate your comfortable bed, and savor that first cup of coffee. You can make small moments memorable by focusing on the sensations provided by your five senses.
Acceptance is not necessarily about accepting circumstances that can’t be changed, although it can be that. It’s about accepting your emotions. Accepting your emotions can reduce mood swings and improve emotional balance.
Focusing your attention on the present moment has the power to boost your mood according to studies. This mindfulness practice that I call attention here is also referred to as mindfulness meditation. It is defined as a mental state that involves being fully focused on “the now” so you can acknowledge and accept your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment.
Now, focusing your attention to the present moment as you go about your life is sometimes called mindfulness meditation. In this case, I am referring to listening to a guided meditation. According to a study conducted at the University of Waterloo, a 10-minute guided meditation is enough to reduce your worries about the future and improve your mood.
Do you see a theme here? We have already gone through intermittent fasting, mindfulness, and movement! This is what my coaching is all about and you can see why!
Whenever anyone writes about how to boost your mood, you are sure to see exercise on the list. Because, yes, it is so effective! Your body produces endorphins when you exercises and those endorphins boost your mood. In fact, they trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphin! Pretty wild, right?
How does sunshine boost yoru mood? Well, it increases your serontonin level. Many of us know that, since we have heard about Seasonal Affectie Disorder and how the lack of sunshine can cause depression. Moreover the lack of vitamin D can contribute to mood disorders such as depression.
5. Rest and Sleep
Doing things that you enjoy doing like a hobby, reading a book, gardening, or doing yoga, for example, will boost your mood. Make time for yourself so you don’t always feel “busy” and get proper sleep. Proper sleep is critical as the lack of sleep will affect your mood negatively.
There are three ways to boost your mood through nutrition:
- Giving your body the nutrients it needs to thrive.
- Avoiding foods that make you feel like shit.
- Allow yourself to indulge in the foods that make you happy.
This can be a balancing act as the foods that make you happy may also make you feel like shit. That’s where learning mindfulness can come in handy.
Herere are soome quick nutrition tips to boost your mood:
- Make sure you get enough Omega 3’s.
- Indulge in dark chocolate when you need a quick way to boost your mood.
- Get enough vitamin C.
- Get enough vitamin D.
- Improve your gut microbiome.
Nutrition is a powerful tool to improve your overall health and well being.
Friendships boost your mood as well as your cognitive abilities. Not only you can have fun and laugh with your loved ones, but belonging to a community gives you a sense of purpose.
8. Sense of Purpose
Cultivating a sense of purpose can be a spiritual endeavor, but it can also be more simple like pursing activities you love and connecting with others. It can also mean giving back to yoru community and helping others.
9. Breathing Exercises
Something as simple as taking a few deep breaths can effectively boost your mood. Close your eyes, breathe in through your nose for a count of four (you should feel your belly rise), count to three and breathe out through your mouth for a count of six. Repeat a few times.
Breathing exercises help reduce stress by inducing relaxation. Include them in your daily routine go boost your mood and improve your well being.
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There are many little things you can do to boost your mood. For more ideas, read 42 Scientifically Proven Ways to Improve Your Mood. Remember, you don’t have to try everything at once. One little change at a time is all it takes.