Feeling good: 6 steps to boosting your mood naturally

Mood is part of the ebb and flow of life—sometimes we feel great, and other times we feel low. This is when learning how to boost your serotonin naturally can help put a spring in your step, or even turn that low mood around altogether.

From grabbing your reusable bottle and heading out for a walk to checking in with yourself and how you’re meeting your needs, there are so many ways to do a little self care. The best part is, many mood-boosters are quick and easy to do, so giving them a try can be more motivating. Here are 6 ways you can soothe your mind and give yourself a little mood boost.

Table of Contents – 6 Steps to Boosting Your Mood Naturally

1. Serenade The Senses 

Feeling good: 6 steps to boosting your mood naturally

When you’re feeling a bit low, indulging in a little aromatherapy can help boost your mood naturally. Certain scents can help our mind and body relax, also releasing those endorphins to pep us up. By using natural aromatherapy essential oils to breathe in these scents, you can get a little me-time whether you’re at work, home or on-the-go.

Diffusers are an easy way to add aromatherapy in your daily routine. For example, you could add a diffuser with lavender—a well known scent for helping you relax—to turn on at bedtime to help you unwind and get a good night’s rest. Day spas will often use aromatherapy oils in their treatments, like massages, to give you the full sensory experience to have you feeling like a new person. 

2. Get Outside

Feeling good: 6 steps to boosting your mood naturally

There’s nothing like breathing in fresh air or getting a little sun to make you feel more alive. If you find you spend most of your day inside, setting aside a few minutes a day to sit in the sun (while being sun safe) or taking a stroll will help improve your mood. This is especially beneficial if you’re having a tough day at work and could use a breather.

A good way to integrate some outdoor time into your day is to take your morning coffee or lunch outside. Or, you could suggest walking meetings at work. Taking a walk can help give you new ideas and think outside the box, as well as boost your mood, so your team or meeting members will benefit too.

3. Drink More

Feeling good: 6 steps to boosting your mood naturally

Being dehydrated can greatly impact your mood. You may feel a little cranky or foggy, or just not yourself at all. But taking some sips of water can help you feel a little more switched on and give you a boost.

For most of us, remembering to drink water is half the problem. An easy solution is to use a reusable cup or bottle. By having an insulated cup that always keeps your water cold nearby, you have nice cool water within easy reach at all times. Many reusable cups come with lids so you can take them on the go, keeping one in your bag for when you’re at restaurants or at work, so hydration is never far away. 

4. Get Moving

Feeling good: 6 steps to boosting your mood naturally

If you work at a desk, you’ll know that cramped-up feeling you get at the end of a long day. It’s likely feeling tight makes you feel a little crabby, yearning for some time in front of the TV on your comfy couch. But getting up and moving will no doubt make you feel better.

Simply going for a quick walk, shaking out your limbs or even having a little dance can greatly improve how you feel and your mood. All you need to do is put on your favourite happy songs (even make a playlist for when you’re feeling a little sluggish or down) and have a wiggle. It’s also a great way to help kids burn off some steam and improve their mood too, even getting some giggles in to perk them up! 

5. Prioritise Restful Sleep

Feeling good: 6 steps to boosting your mood naturally

Your quality of sleep greatly impacts your mood. Not getting enough sleep or  enough deep, restful sleep can cause a drop in your mood, which decreases as the day goes on. While a nap would be ideal, it’s not always possible. So creating a sleep routine will help you always get that good night’s sleep you need.

A bedtime routine can help your body know it’s time to start winding down and that you’re ready for sleep. Some quick tips for this can include:

  • Avoiding screens and bright lights before bed
  • Exercising within a few hours leading up to bedtime 
  • Drinking a refreshing herbal, non-caffeinated tea (like chamomile) to soothe the muscles and make you drowsy

Did you know: Brushing your teeth with minty toothpastes right before bed can actually wake you back up, so it’s also best to do that several hours before you want to head to sleep. 

6. Good Mood Food

Feeling good: 6 steps to boosting your mood naturally

As they say, you are what you eat. What we put into our body impacts our mood regulation, so knowing what to eat when you feel a little low can help you boost your mood:

  • Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins 
  • Whole grains like quinoa and oats 
  • Legumes
  • Fish and poultry
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Leafy greens
  • Flaxseeds and chia seeds 

Having these and other mood-boosting foods on the daily can help you feel a little happier on the regular.

Maybe the greatest tip of all when you’re not feeling as happy as normal is to do something you enjoy and for yourself. Combining some well-deserved me-time with great food, some outdoor time, good sleep and a healthy amount of water can give you the best chance at feeling good during those lulls!

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