The ebb and flow of emotions is natural, but sometimes it can be more challenging to return to a state of happiness. If you are looking for a boost, know that it may be easier than you think. A few small tricks can make a big difference and get you back on track to feeling happy.
Take Social Media Breaks
Long term social media use has been shown to undermine happiness. Studies show long term Facebook use directly correlates to declines in overall satisfaction and happiness levels. Unplug from mindless scrolling and focus your thoughts inward, or connect with others on a human-level. Take a social media fast and enjoy the benefits of being more present with your family, friends and yourself.
Break a Sweat
Exercise boosts both physical health and mental health. Even the smallest amount of exercise can ward off feelings of depression and relieve stress. Engaging in physical activity releases endorphins and serotonin (those feel-good chemicals in your brain) triggering positive feelings similar to the effects of morphine. Next time you are feeling down, grab some comfortable shoes and go on a brisk walk to instantly perk up.
Get Sufficient Rest
Not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your mental health. Insufficient sleep can lead to emotional imbalances, as well as hinder learning and memory. When you sleep, your body takes the time to repair and restore itself on a cellular level. If your body is constantly deprived of this critical process, it can have long term effects. Fatigue can make you less alert, less able to concentrate and less able to react quickly. Even if you have just a few minutes to spare, a 5 minute rest can reduce stress and give you energy to complete your tasks. And of course, make sure you’re getting 8 hours of sleep per night to give your body the rest it needs to help you stay happy and healthy.
Add CBD Oil to Your Diet
Daily CBD use can elevate mood, as it boosts serotonin levels in the brain and regulates overall brain chemistry. This superfood works by regulating blood flow to the brain’s hypothalamus, a region that is commonly linked to depression. As CBD calms the overactive areas of the brain, it simultaneously stimulates the hippocampus (the region controlling emotional regulation). Because CBD is an adaptogen, it is a dynamic regulator of the body that targets and restores imbalances. Adding CBD to your diet can help your brain and body reach a level of homeostasis, helping to elevate your mood and ward off negative feelings. Always make sure to buy organic CBD oil so you can enjoy the benefits without any additives.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
If you’re looking for a sunny disposition, step outside and soak in some sunshine. People who spend more time outdoors have lower rates of depression, due (in part) to increased exposure to vitamin D. The correlation between happiness and sunshine is not new, although research is ongoing to provide more insight into the connection. Sufferers of seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D. experience depression in the fall and winter months, when those living up north are outside for minimal amounts of time. The lack of sunshine prohibits vitamin D production and leads to depression, hopelessness and fatigue. The condition typically clears up during the warmer months when people are outside for longer periods of time. Take in the sunshine for a quick boost!
Take a Hot Bath
Taking a hot bath isn’t just a luxury, but a powerful remedy for pulling yourself out of a bad mood. Taking a warm bath can diminish your blues by offering you quiet and comfort. Psychologists have even gone so far as to compare it to the security we feel when we are in the womb. When we feel secure, our mind and body can relax. Pro tip: for added relaxation, add a few drops of essential oils to your bath, like lavender or chamomile.
Meditate & Clear Your Mind
Taking a few minutes each day to de-stress and pay attention to your breath can have a powerful effect on your mood. When you focus on quieting the mind and paying attention to everything that is going right, you make room for gratitude and peace. Meditation can be done anytime of the day, all you need is a quiet space.
Organize a Messy Room
Clutter and disorganization can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. The disorganization at home can even leak into other aspects of your life, like your workspace or automobile. Carving out the time to create space and stay organized can significantly boost your mood and help maintain levels of satisfaction. Clutter can overwhelm people, especially when things get easily lost and you’re always running late for appointments. Find a place for everything and strive to keep things in their proper place. You will feel the perks of organization as you take control of your house.
Surround Yourself with Happy People
Happiness is contagious. Studies show when you surround yourself with positive people, your mood gets a boost. If you’re feeling blue, call up a happy friend and absorb their feel-good energy. The study also revealed that happiness is more contagious than unhappiness – that is just how powerful happiness truly is!