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Published on June 20, 2015
Daily mood boosting practices to start trying today!
A moment a day with nature
Grab your significant other, your family, friend, co-worker or neighbor and take a 15 -20 minute walk a day on your lunch hour or on a trail near your home. If you are feeling extra stressed, head out on a solo walk. If it’s sunny outside, even better! Studies have shown sunlight boosts levels of serotonin – a neurotransmitter that regulates your mood. Whether your outdoor time is shared with someone or a solo practice, being in the moment and appreciating nature’s beauty can make a significant difference in your stress levels. For finding trails near your home, head to www.trails.com – it is a great resource!
Go off the grid before bedtime
Because our day is full of commitments, work, and family, so many of us are guilty for checking email , catching up on our favorite show, or even worse, reading “uplifting” (cough cough) worldly news before we fall asleep. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg’s revealed that intensive use of cell phones and computers can be linked to increased stress, sleep disorders and depressive symptoms.Challenge yourself to shut off the phone or the TV, for at least 15 minutes or, if you can, 30 minutes before bedtime. Take this time to stretch, make some herbal tea, read, whatever it may be to get your body ready to SLOW DOWN. Taking time for yourself without any digital distraction can be beneficial to helping you fall asleep with a clear and relaxed mind.
Create a playlist, and turn it up
The right music has the power to relax your soul, explore your emotions, or make you feel more alert in times where you need to focus. Researchers at Stanford University (in a press release in 2006) have said that “listening to music seemed to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication.” They noted that music is something that almost anybody can access and makes it an easy stress reduction tool. So, ramp up your playlists on Pandora and start streaming some free music!
This article is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult a qualified medical professional regarding diagnosis or treatment of health conditions, including mental health conditions, especially before undertaking any specific exercise or dietary routine.