Many people feel a case of the winter blues during the colder months of the year. This may be due to the cold forcing more people inside, causing a case of cabin fever. Some people (especially women), are also sufferers of Seasonal Affected Depression that starts during the fall and continues through the winter months. On the bright side, you don’t have to continually suffer through negative feelings. If you find yourself in a mood slump, here are some natural mood enhancers to bring that frown upside down!
Natural Mood Enhancers - What You Can Do
Getting a half hour of exercise can give you an incredible mood boost. This is due to the endorphins that are naturally released in your brain when you are working out. Endorphins and adrenaline are released during exercise and both work to give you a significant positive mood boost. In order to get the results of endorphins, you will want to work out long enough to raise your heart rate. This is why a 30 minute mark is considered to be a good rule of thumb by health professionals. For maximum results, squeeze in a half hour workout five days a week.
Get A Good Night’s Sleep:
A lack of sleep can leave you feeling sluggish and can negatively affect your mood. If you battle with depression, it is especially important that you get enough sleep each night. Getting enough sleep will rest your body and help stabilize your hormones.
Brighten Up Your Home:
Switch out your incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs to brighten up your home. The compact fluorescent bulbs better mimic natural sunlight and reduces your brain’s production of melatonin and cortisol, hormones that leave you feeling sluggish and stressed. For those that suffer from Seasonal Affected Depression, this can be a very effective way to boost your mood. *Bonus: These types of bulbs can save you a lot of energy too!
Cuddle With A Furry Friend:
Research shows that cuddling with a furry animal, such as a dog or a cat, for as little as 15 minutes releases the feel- good hormones serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin. This contact with an animal also reduces the stress hormone cortisol according to a University of Missouri study. How can you resist a cute, furry and cuddly best friend?
Hug A Friend Or Relative:
According to a University of North Carolina study, human touch releases some serotonin. It also lowers blood pressure and heart rate. A simple human touch helps you to feel happier, calmer, and more content. A hug from someone that you care for also allows you to feel accepted and loved, along with the serotonin release.
These natural mood enhancers will help you boost your mood and break the winter blues. If you are consistently feeling sad, distracted, and fatigued, then you should go consult a mental health professional. Make sure that you aren’t suffering from a more serious mental condition that may require medical attention. Apply these natural uplifting mood tips and enjoy a better outlook and a positive mood! :)<3
"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." - Denis Waitley
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