Five Tips on how to Naturally Boost Your Mood and Energy

Feel like you’ve been stuck in a slump that you haven’t been able to break out of? You’re not alone. In fact, it’s common for mood and energy levels to ebb and flow. Knowing a few ‘happiness hacks’ to help break the cycle could make all the difference.

Give these tips and tricks a try!

1. Reset your circadian rhythm. Get your body’s clock back on track by waking up gently with the help of the sun (or a gradual light source) and gentle sounds. When you expose yourself to light early in the day, your body will produce serotonin for a longer period of time, (sunlight is ideal but not as easy in the winter). Give this a try for two weeks and see if you notice a difference. Serotonin is the ‘feel good’ hormone that carries messages between nerve cells in the brain and throughout your body; it plays a key role in such body functions as mood, sleep, digestion, nausea, wound healing, bone health, blood clotting and sexual desire.

2. Stretch when you wake up. Now that you’re getting up with the sun, do some light stretches in the morning to help your body wake up. Stretching can help get your circulation going, reduce muscle tension that may have happened during sleep, and relieve stiffness. Early movement can also help with bodily functions and getting you ‘firing on all cylinders’ for the day.

3. Keep your workspace smelling good. Scents can be a powerful mood booster. For feelings of calm, choose lavender or jasmine. For relaxing scents, choose vanilla or sage. If you’re looking for energising scents, go for grapefruit or lemon. Candles or essential oils are great ways to get more scents into your space.

4. Unplug from social media. It can happen without even realising it – suddenly, you find yourself scrolling endlessly through Facebook or Instagram. Consider doing a social media pause to reduce the amount of negativity you’re taking into your brain. Replace the habit of scrolling with a new book, journaling, or DIY project. Most importantly for sleep – make sure to turn off all screens ideally two hours before sleep, but at least 30 mins to allow yoysuio brain have a rest before trying to sleep.

5. Spend time outdoors. There’s a reason that Vitamin D is sometimes called the ‘sunshine’ vitamin. Spending time in the sun can be a natural mood booster. Virtually every process in your body requires Vitamin D, especially your healing process, so in the winter we recommend taking a supplement to help with the deficiency that can be caused by reduced sunlight.

Looking for more ways to improve your mood and energy levels? Visit our practice to learn more about how gentle chiropractic adjustments may help. If you’re struggling to find balance this holiday season, we’re here for you. Contact our practice for a gentle, focused treatment to help you deal with your stress, aches and pains.

Rebeca Mitchell
Doctor of Chiropractic
Hungerford Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Healthcare
The Croft Hall, Hungerford,
01488 683 666

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