How to naturally lift your mood
Depression is a serious condition that demands a doctor's treatment. But the following lifestyle changes may give you a boost if you're feeling low, say from minimal social connection after many "safer at home" days :-)
1. Go for a Walk
Aerobic exercise is the most effective way to boost serotonin and a vigorous walk (not a stroll) will accomplish raising your heart rate - try hill walking for an extra boost. Let the combination of nature and physical activity work their magic on your mood.
Indoor boost to your serotonin: I have recently discovered "Silver Sneakers" exercise videos on YouTube. I scoffed at the whole Silver Sneakers thing, thinking it was a class only for old people. I've exercised to 3 different videos and I can tell you, whether you're 45 or 85, you will benefit. This is the 42 minute class I did today after a 20 min uphill walk.
2. Grow more flowers
Do you smile when you look at a beautiful flower? Do you get close and take in the scent? It turns out there is good reason for this reaction. Flowers make us happy and there's proof!
Numerous scientific studies have proven that flowers have positive effects on the brain; they elevate mood, reduce stress, and even help people to heal faster through color, scent, and symbolism.
Flowers elevate mood through color — Yellow, peach, warm pink, and subtle greens are nurturing colors. Pinks and purples send a message of comfort, intimacy, and nostalgia. Reds, oranges, and hot pinks are sensuous and passionate. Blues, greens, and purples are calming and relaxing colors. A variety of bright and bold-colored flowers sends a message of celebration.
Fragrance is another way that flowers affect the brain. For example, phenylethylamine is a chemical in roses that gives them their signature scent. This chemical holds an amino acid that slows the breakdown of beta endorphins; beta endorphins are hormones responsible for making us feel euphoric and in love.
3. Include Omega-3 fatty acids -
These healthy fats are found in cold-water fish, flaxseed, flax oil, walnuts and some other foods. Omega-3 supplements are being studied as a possible treatment for depression.
Read this study on Omega-3 fatty acids as a treatment for mood disorders.
While considered generally safe, in high doses, omega-3 supplements may interact with other medications. Always seek a doctor's advice before adding any supplement to your diet.
4. Get a Massage
Whether you pay a professional or ask a spouse or friend to rub your back, the result is the same: a natural mood boost. In fact, the Mayo Clinic lists massage therapy as one of many ways to help manage depression. It's because of the soothing mind-body connection benefit.
5. Get into Art/Music Therapy
If you're looking for an easy way to transform your mood, cue the music. Studies have shown that music can buoy your mood and fend off depression.
Kim Innes, a professor of epidemiology at West Virginia University's School of Public Health confirms, "Music seems to selectively activate neurochemical systems and brain structures associated with positive mood, emotion regulation, attention and memory in ways that promote beneficial changes."
Crank up the music and dance!
6. Include CBD Oil
CBD appears to have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain. Read this study on the benefits of CBD and it's neuroprotective properties. We have reports from many of our customers on how it helps with anxiety and sleep. Side benefit: My own personal experience with our Relieve CBD Oil - I no longer have those painful muscle cramps in my legs and feet that wake me up at night. What a relief!
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