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In today’s fast-paced world it can feel like we never have time to stop. Finding time to take care of yourself can feel like an impossible task on top of an overloaded To-Do list. If you’re burdened, here are 11 mood boosting activities you can do right now:
1. LISTEN TO MUSIC
Crank your power song and dance around, sound silly, but from personal experience, this works. Also, atudies have found that “listening to classical music enhanced activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion.” Dopamine is known as the “pleasure hormone” and is associated with actives like eating and sex. But apparently Mozart can do it for you too. I have been trying this in the office for a little over a week. I find that I am very productive when Mozart is playing.
2. TAKE A WALK
There is a reason people desire to take a walk when faced with a stressful situation. Walking releases endorphins which help you relax and refocus (bonus: it is also an easy way to keep off unwanted pounds)
3. GIVE YOURSELF A FACIAL
You can make this one at home with items you already have in your kitchen.
4. PRACTICE YOGA
Yoga can help you relax and focus while gaining flexibility and strength. Yoga can also boost your mood, according to Dr. Melinda Ratini MD. Some of my favorite yoga teachers provide free YouTube classes like Mary from O’M Yoga
5. DRINK A CUP OF TEA
One little cup of tea has a load of health benefits. Tea is high in antioxidants which can help protect your body from a variety of health issues. My favorite midday break is a cup of Tazo® Tea Awake™ English Breakfast, it’s bold and invigorating. Even 5 minutes unplugged with a hot cup of tea is enough to get me recharged and back to my day. (You might also like their Zen™ and Passion® teas <– so good!)
Prayer offsets the negative health effects of stress according to a report in Psychology Today. This simple act of acknowledgement and submission to God can actually reduce your stress.
7. TURN OFF SCREENS
Power down friends. Scientists are now saying all that screen time is actually restructuring our brains, according to Psychology Today. It is also causing us to disconnect from those around us physically and even from our own emotions
8. TRY A NEW NAIL POLISH COLOR
Even if it is the dead of winter and no one will see your tootsie but you, still give yourself a pedicure. Treating yourself with value can help change your self-perception. Here are some good non-toxic choices: Heavenly Haze and Benecos
9. TAKE A DETOX BATH
Detox baths are like regular baths, which help to reduce stress, with the added benefits of helping your body release toxins. Here are some of my favorite detox baths: _______________
This is a practice I wish I were better at because science suggests that journaling allows you to exercise both sides of your brain as well as process through events as opposed to holding them as stress in your body.
11. DIFFUSE ESSENTIAL OILS
A 2012 study showed that inhaling Lavender oil has a relaxing effect, according to PubMed. I find that so many oils help boost my mood, including many citrus oils. I personally only use theraputic-grade essential oils from a company I trust. More information and how to order here.
What do you do to boost your mood?