FIT for Women

5 ways to boost your mood – right now!

By The Edith Sanford team

May 28, 2014

Are you having an off day? Maybe even an off week? Does everything seem a bit blah? Is your answer for almost every inquiry a resounding “meh?”

If you answered yes to any one of these questions, you need a mood boost.

Your emotional well-being is intricately entwined with your overall health and physical well-being. By learning to manage your mood, you can ensure you have the mental energy to make healthy decisions in other areas of your life, helping to keep your body at its best to fight back against breast cancer and other chronic disease.

Below are some of our favorite tips to improve your outlook.

1. Let the sunshine in

sunshine_182083372Sunshine makes you happy.

When your body perceives sunlight, the levels of serotonin (the hormone that elevates your mood) in your bloodstream increases. The more sunlight the human body is exposed to, the more serotonin the brain produces.

Just remember to stay safe in the sun!

2. Hug someone

It turns out there’s a scientific reason that a hugs make you feel better!

A nice, warm hug produces a rush of oxytocin, a “bonding hormone.” Oxytocin is famous for making people feel secure and trusting toward each other, lowering levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and reducing stress.

In fact, studies show that women who get more hugs from their partners have higher levels of oxytocin and lower blood pressure and heart rates. A hug a day can help keep the doctor away!

3. Take a hike

Or just a brisk walk. As little as 30 minutes of exercise has been shown to immediately boost the mood of depressed patients.

So get moving! Your attitude will thank you!

4. Stop and smell the … rosemary?

rosemary scented oil_463463227The scents that surround you can affect your sense of well-being. Your sense of smell connects directly to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning.

Inhaling the scent of essential oils like lavender and jasmine can help calm your nerves, while rosemary and lemon help with concentration and mental energy. Let your nose lead you to a better mood!

5. Hit the hay (briefly)

A catnap may be just what the doctor ordered for your mood. Research shows that napping can improve your mood, memory and concentration.

The key to a “good” nap is to keep it short — from 15 to 30 minutes. Any longer and you may fall into deep sleep, making you grumpy and groggy and defeating the purpose of your precious siesta. So set an alarm and get napping!

These are just a few ways you can improve your mood and outlook in no time. Remember that there is always time in even the busiest schedule to spend a few minutes investing in your level of cheer!