Stress and anxiety are taking over our time everyday. But are you know to how to handle it? Here are some natural ways to boost your mood and make you feel happy.
When you smile, even if it is fake, your facial muscles get stretched and the movement triggers the release of endorphins, which boost your mood and lower stress.
Like smiling, laughing also triggers the release of endorphins. Try to laugh for 10-15 minutes per day; you can spend time with people who make you laugh, watch funny movies or shows, join a laughing club or share jokes with your family and friends.
Eating even a single piece of chocolate activates the pleasure centre of the brain and causes the release of endorphins. Be careful though, because it is this very property that makes chocolate so addictive, making you crave it.
Exposure to sunlight causes your brain to produce endorphins, which automatically lift your mood. Try to spend 20 minutes in the sunlight every morning, to recharge yourself and get your daily requirement of Vitamin D. Don’t forget your sunscreen though!
If you can’t go out in the sun, try to make ensure that your home and office environments are well lit. A study found that people who were depressed started feeling much better and happier in just three weeks of being exposed to an hour of bright indoor light every day. The light was just as effective as antidepressant medications, and had no side effects at all.
Listening to music that you love causes your brain to brain to release feel-good hormones that lift your mood. It also has a number of other benefits, which include boosting immunity, relieving pain, improving mental health, enabling better sleep and raising intelligence. Sing along to the music that you’re listening to in order to boost your mood even more.
Your body’s reaction to spicy food is very similar to its reaction to pain. The capsaicin in chillies binds to the pain receptors in the nerve cells of your nose and mouth, causing a painful, burning sensation. Your body reacts to this by releasing endorphins to counter the pain, which is certainly one explanation for why some people love spicy food!
According to evolutionary theorists, endorphins were necessary for survival because they enabled our ancestors to run away from danger. The release of endorphins numbed the pain of running and allowed them to keep going. Today, since we don’t really need to run away from danger, one way to trigger endorphins is to exercise vigorously.
Several studies have found that being optimistic is better for your physical and mental health than being pessimistic. The happier and more relaxed you are, the more endorphins your body releases automatically.