The more we are successful at avoiding moods and stress, the more our quality of life will improve. As a follow on from my previous blog on moods and stress, I will now look at natural stress remedies and ways of improving moods naturally.
How to reduce stress
Exercise is a good stress reliever. It makes us feel good about ourselves, happier and healthier in the longer term. Exercise also helps transport oxygen around the body and gets our blood flowing, so that we feel more mentally alert and well.
Sunlight is another health booster. It not only provides us with Vitamin D but also benefits us mentally. Sunlight boosts chemicals in the brain, known as melatonin and dopamine that make us feel more mentally alert. If we feel mentally alert, we’re more likely to feel less depressed.
A healthy breakfast is a great way to start to the day. Try also to eat small but frequent meals, including vegetables, fruit and oily fish such as salmon; sardines; tuna and herring. Vitamin B, which is a natural energy/mood booster, should also be included. Foods include green leafy vegetables; sweet corn; berries; whole grain cereals; brown rice and liver.
It is well known that the more junk food we consume, the more we are likely to suffer from depression and mood swings, than those who try to be as healthy as they can. Try also cutting out or cut down on refined foods and sugar. Limit the amount of caffeine, or fizzy drinks and alcohol you consume and avoid stimulants such as drugs and cigarettes as these can affect ones mood and could lead to depression.
Research shows that having a pet reduces stress by around ten percent. By reducing stress we are more likely to avoid mood swings and depression. Sleeping well at night is also a good recipe to avoid being irritable and cranky. If we’re not irritable and cranky, we avoid moods.
I personally believe in the concept of sleep deprivation. That without constantly sleeping, we are more likely to have problems with moods. Sleeping not only helps us cope better in our day but it also helps us avoid heart disease.
Lastly talk to someone about why you think you’re struggling with your mood. That always helps.