10 Natural Ways To Improve Your Mood

dreamingAt this time of the year, we are experiencing the Winter season in Australia. Out comes the warm jackets, scarfs, and beanies.

It has been quite chilly lately.

So I decided to write an article about ways to improve your mood naturally this winter season.

 

10 Ways To Improve Your Mood

1) Make Yourself A Warm Drink

woman with mugOne of the best ways to help you relax during the cold weather is to make yourself a warm drink, such as tea or coffee.

If you are not at home, then it’s a good idea to drop by the nearest cafe and just order yourself a drink.

This will definitely give you a bit of a boost in your mood.

2) Lighten Up And Have A Laugh

laughterIt is commonly said that laughing is the best medicine. It does work when it comes to boosting your mood.

I have always found that after having a good laugh about something, it’s already made my day!

My mood has been lifted and I feel so much better.

It helps to think of something funny, read a funny book, or watch a comedy. I love watching comedies!

3) Go For A Stroll

strollGoing outside, breathing in the fresh air while taking a nice stroll will lift your mood for sure.

It is good for you physically and emotionally. Improves blood circulation and makes you happier.

 

4) Get Enough Sleep

child sleepingHave you ever woken up tired the next morning because you went to bed too late?

There’s plenty of supporting evidence that we need about 8 hours of sleep each night.

This will make a difference to your mood. Your alertness and concentration will also improve.

5) Stay Hydrated

drink waterDrink plenty of water during the day, especially after a strenuous exercise.

Dehydration may lead to feelings of unhappiness.

 

 

 

6) Nibble On Some Chocolate

eating chocolateHere’s one for chocolate lovers! Eating chocolate has long been said to improve any sorrow-filled situation. Chocolate contains some chemicals, such as, theobromine, anandamide, and phenylethylamine, that may give you those feelings of joy and contentment. Go for dark chocolate! They are better for us. Less sugar and more antioxidants.

7) Help Others

helpSatisfaction comes from helping others. You will feel so much better knowing that you have done something valuable for other people.

So find ways to help others, such as, do some volunteering at your chosen charity, and help someone in need.

There are plenty of ideas around that you can get involved in.

8) Connect With Others

communityAccording to Mental Health America, they found that 71 percent of people surveyed turned to friends or family in times of stress.

Connections with others will help make a difference in your level of happiness.

We are all social creatures and need other people in our life. Good relationships with other people will help with boosting our mood.

Some ideas of making some good connections  is to go out and get involved in a community, such as Meetup groups, local church, charity groups etc.

9) Eat Well

saladA healthy, balanced diet is linked to better mental health.

So eating well is one of many ways to improve your mood.

 

 

10) Retail Therapy


retail therapyThe ladies will love this one…retail therapy!

This one is pretty self explanatory.

All the ladies should be able to relate to this one.

Going shopping will reduce stress and make us feel happier. 

 

 

 

Conclusion

These 10 ways of improving your mood are very easy to do. Perhaps some of these ways can be put in your to do list. 

Thanks for reading. If you have other ideas that you would like to share about improving your mood, please leave me some comments below. Would love to hear about them.

10 comments

  1. Chris says:

    Really interesting options in cheering yourself up here. I always find that exercise does it for me! I make sure I run at least four miles every morning and it sort of centers me for the day! What do you think about this form of exercise/mood control?

    • Teresa says:

      I think exercise is a good form of mood control. I also do some exercises during the week like bike riding, and feel a lot better after all that sweating.

  2. William says:

    This was very good information and some facts about the information that you mentioned. It was really interesting about the chocolate and going for a stroll or a walk. The wife and myself go to the gym and if we don’t go to the gym we go for a walk so we get into a better moods by exercising or being out in the fresh air taking a walk. This information will help a lot of stressed out people. job well done
    Willie

    • Teresa says:

      It’s great that you and your wife take some time to do some physical exercise. We all need to make a habit of including physical activity as part of our daily routine. I feel the most relaxed when I go for a walk and just look at nature.

  3. Cathy says:

    Hi Teresa,

    I can so relate to point #4. I am a light sleeper and even the sound of a cricket could wake me up. This issue has been bothering me for years. All the tossing and turning make me very grumpy in the morning.

    However, I discovered the power of sleeping ear plugs recently. Not those foamy ones; the wax-based ones (although I read somewhere that the silicon ones are better) that fits snugly into your ears. They completely kill the noise coming into my head except for the alarm.

    Wonderful product! My sleep is now undisturbed, I wake up feeling light and refresh. I would recommend this to anyone who’s trying to get a good night sleep.

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Cathy, I have tried using ear plugs while sleeping because someone in the room was snoring too loudly :) But i have always ended up taking them out in the middle of the night because they were giving me headaches. I’m not sure whether others have experienced the same thing too. Although ear plugs can block out noise, i have found them a little uncomfortable to leave in the ear for too long.

  4. Mandy says:

    Hi Teresa, these are great tips. It is also winter here in South Africa, and even though I live on the coast where the winter is pretty mild, I never really thought that it could be the cold weather that is makes me grumpy from time to time. Getting up in the mornings when it is still dark and cold is my worst – far nicer to say wrapped up under the cozy blankets :) Any tips to overcome that ? *Mandy

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Mandy, i am use to waking up really early to get to work by 6am. It’s dark and freezing cold, so the first thing i do is switch on my little heater in my room and wear a warm gown to cover myself. After room is warm enough, then i will change to my work clothes. How do you deal with the cold mornings?

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