Feeling like your mood has tanked lately? Maybe you’ve had added stress from a family situation or maybe your boss has been piling on the work. When you’re in a bad mood its harder to make healthy choices. Keeping your energy level up and your mood stable, is an important part of living your best life! Here are a few quick ways you can boost your mood.
Boost Your Mood Naturally by Protecting Your Mind
Bad things happen to good people every day. Good things also happen to good people every day. Guess what the news (including Facebook) broadcasts? You got it, the bad things. That’s because our primitive brains are drawn to problems so that we can figure out how to fix them. It worked great for us when we had to fight off lions and defend our families in the cave man days. Not so great for us now. So unless you plan to volunteer your skills to help fix the problems you see on the news and Facebook, its best to limit viewing them. It feeds the negative thoughts in your mind and can cause your mood to tank.
Be mindful of what changes your mood. If you catch yourself getting angry, judging people or getting sad after watching the news or scrolling Facebook, maybe it’s time to take a break and reduce the time you spend on those platforms.
Boost Your Mood Naturally By Getting More Sleep
Ever wake up grumpy? Roll out of bed and as soon as your feet hit the floor, you feel like it’s going to be a bad day? Sleeping 7-8 hours a night is ideal but definitely not the norm. There are so many distractions that keep us awake, keep us up thinking, keep us up worrying, hello news and Facebook!
Make sure you’re preparing your body for sleep at least 1-2 hours before your head hits the pillow. Be mindful of what you’re consuming right before bed because that’s what your subconscious will continue to think about throughout the night.
Boost Your Mood Naturally By Drinking More Water
Did you know that the majority of people walk around chronically dehydrated. Feeling tired, have a headache, craving sweets? Before you pop a pill or grab a soda, try drinking a glass or two of water because those are telltale signs of dehydration. And when we’re feeling crappy (i.e. headache, tired) its hard to be in a good mood.
Be mindful of what you’re putting in your body. Remember food is fuel, including water. You wouldn’t put the wrong kind of fuel in your car because it wouldn’t rum properly. But we do this to our bodies ALL THE TIME. Make water and high nutritional value food easy to access. Make sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks harder to access. Make sure you have to go out of your way for the “bad” stuff and make the “good” stuff readily available.
And Bonus: Don’t forget to move your body and pump those endorphins to your brain. But you probably knew that one was coming!
So here’s how everything is connected. Remove any news producing apps off your phone. Make them hard to access and you’ll find yourself consuming them less. And if your face isn’t buried in your phone before you go to bed, you’ll get better sleep, guaranteed. See how one small change can have a ripple effect in other areas? That’s the power of habit change.
For individualized, one-on-one help with habit change, connect with a health coach online or in your area.
To Your Health,
Coach Leslie J.