Did you know that mood plays an important part in your life? It covers all areas of your life—from work to time with family, or even time on your own. How you perceive the world can affect the decisions you make, your perception of current circumstances, and more. Mood even affects your mental and physical health, and your relationships.
Do you have a hard time shifting your mood to a better place? Then we’re glad you’re here! We’ve created an article with simple tips to help improve your mood, so your mind and body will be happier and more productive. Let’s get started!
Coffee comes with a whole host of health benefits, which include improving your mood! Ask any coffee drinker and they’ll tell you how they feel better right away after drinking coffee. Many people do drink coffee in order to be more alert and feel more energetic, but researchers have found it can also improve your mood.
The reason coffee lifts your mood is probably due to the caffeine it contains. Caffeine works to increase dopamine amounts that bind to dopamine receptors in the brain.
Coffee is something most everyone can afford, and it works quickly to lift your mood. However, it’s always a good idea to watch how much coffee you drink. Too much coffee can lead to other health issues such as insomnia, irritability, anxiety, and more. So, aim to stick with no more than four cups of coffee each day. And if you’re sensitive to caffeine, you may want to only have one or two cups a day.
Eat or Drink Healthy Snacks
Some foods have been shown to lift mood! That’s great news! Foods that improve mood include:
- Dark chocolate: the flavanols and methylxanthines can help you relax, as well as life your mood.
- Almonds: the folate, magnesium, and amino acids in the nuts can work wonders on your mental health.
- Berries: especially blueberries, which are high in antioxidants, seem to help keep depression and anxiety away.
- Dark leafy greens: include kale and spinach. These are filled with magnesium, which is a mineral that helps the body’s nervous system relax. This mineral also works to increase the amount serotonin in the system, which can relieve depression.
- Probiotics: these gut bacteria are beneficial to improving your mood. They create neurochemicals that improve your mood.
Use Pleasant Scents
Did you know that your sense of smell can also be used to make you feel better? When you smell something pleasant (scents that you like), it can trigger wonderful memories and emotions that you associate with them. For instance, the smell of warm cookies just out of the oven may bring back happy memories of being with your grandmother when you were a kid.
In addition, there are specific scents that can affect your mood. One study found that participants had a better mood after smelling clementine and vanilla beans. These smells make us feel happy! Plus, it’s been said that vanilla makes you feel more relaxed. Clementine, on the other hand, is more stimulating and provides more energy.
Then there’s lavender, peppermint, and lemon, all of which have been shown to improve mood. You can add these to your tea, use as essential oils, and more.
Listen to Your Favourite Tunes
Studies have shown that listening to music can make you feel better and happier. A study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology showed that study participants who intentionally listened to music to improve their mood were happier. And they were happier than others who just listened to music.
It seems the intention of listening to music to improve your mood has a more positive effect than simply listening to music.
Keep in mind that type of music you choose can also influence how you feel. For example, listening to music that’s down will only make you feel worse. On the other hand, listening to upbeat tunes can make you feel more energetic, or relaxing music can calm anxiety and stress.
Take in Some Rays
One way to quickly improve your mood is to get outside and catch some sun. You can even take a walk while enjoying the sunlight, which improves your mood even more. The reason that sunshine improves your mood is that increases serotonin in the body.
In fact, too little sun can lead to depression during the long wintertime when there’s less sunlight. This is a condition which is called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), and people who have this are more depressed or down because of lack of sun.
When you don’t get enough sunlight, the body doesn’t produce enough serotonin, which can lead to depression, anxiety, and even lack of energy.
Make Someone Happy
Acts of kindness to others can really make you feel good. And studies have shown this is an excellent way to improve your own mood. So, if you’re feeling a little down, lacking energy, and just not feeling happy, then think of a way to help someone else. You’ll feel better, too!
Your act of kindness doesn’t have to cost anything, either! In fact, here are some ways you can help others and make yourself feel good at the same time:
- Send a letter, email, or a text to someone who needs a little perking up.
- Tell someone in your life how much they mean to you.
- Write a thank you note.
- Buy a coffee or a meal for the person behind you in the drive-thru at a takeaway.
- Leave small, happy notes for someone who needs lifting up.
These are only a few ideas to help you—get creative and come up with your own idea on how to make someone else feel good! Creativity is also a great way to life your mood.
Deep Breathing Helps
Whenever you are stressed, anxious, tired, and more, deep breathing can help you feel better. In fact, this is like a mini vacation for your mind and body. Not only that, but it works to reoxygenate your blood, too. When we’re upset, we sometimes forget to breathe correctly. In fact, the tendency is to breathe in a shallow manner. So, deep breathing can really help when you’re feeling down.
By deep breathing, we’re referring to a method called “Belly Breathing.” Don’t worry—it’s very easy and doesn’t take much time! Just sit or lie down comfortably. Then put one hand on your belly just below the ribs. Then take a deep breath through your nose, hold it for a few seconds, then let your breath out through your pursed lips. Your chest shouldn’t move through this exercise. Repeat this deep breathing exercise 3 or more times and don’t rush through it. You’ll feel much better afterwards!
These are some the easiest ways you can life your mood. With some conscious small efforts, you’ll soon be feeling much better both physically and mentally!
Liam is a website designer and digital marketer based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He spent a decade working within the charity sector before moving into the marketing space a number of years ago. Liam always strives to do something slightly different with every project and always designs to deliver results, not just pretty websites.