5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Mood.
Some days staying positive and upbeat can feel like an uphill battle. Maybe it was a stressful day at work, a fight with a friend, or even just an off day, whatever it is, there are definitely things you can do to improve your mood.
- Give someone a hug
Tiffany Field, head researcher at The University of Miami’s Touch Institute, said in an article in Psychology Today that, “when you stimulate the pressure receptors in the skin, you lower stress hormones” and also that touching others stimulates oxytocin, which also has positive effects on our mood. You can also rub your own forehead, hands, and neck, as self-massage has been shown to decrease heart rate and reduce the stress hormone cortisol in our systems.
- Step out
Studies show that people who get more light exposure during the day have fewer sleep problems and less depression, and evidence suggests that light can keep you alert and productive.
Additionally, studies have shown that even mild exercise, about 40 percent of your max heart rate, can lift your mood,” and recommends doing instead of trying to force yourself to do something you’re just not feeling — like working in your garden instead of going to a loud Zumba class.
- Listen to upbeat music
According to a 2013 study published by the University of Missouri, listening to an upbeat musician actually improve your mood. The study’s author, Yuna Ferguson, noted that it’s important not to overthink, “Am I happy yet?” while listening, and instead just allow yourself to enjoy the experience. So don’t be afraid to turn up the jams when you’re feeling low.
- Get a good laugh
Studies show that laughter increase dopamine in our brains, which is a chemical that elevates mood. Laughter also increases oxygen to ur bodies and cools down our stress response system, resulting in a positive, relaxed feeling. So the next time you’re in a bad mood, try pulling up some Tiffany Hadish or Kevin Hart YouTube videos — you’ll probably feel a lot better!
Besides lowering health risks, maintaining your immunity, and giving your body the rest it needs to repair and work on itself, a good eight-hour window of sleep will get you ready for the next day. When you’re well-rested, you are in a much better mood and you can think critically.