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Feeling Down? Try these Natural Mood Boosters

Posted by healthylivingtoday on January 24, 2008

1) Go for a walk
Not only is walking a great mood-booster, but researchers at Dalhousie University found that 30-minute walks were effective at reducing tension, anxiety, and mood disturbances and increasing energy and vigor.
* Going for outdoor walks has an added benefit: the natural light stimulates the brain to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to improve your mood.

2) Make it an early night
Getting less sleep than you need can increase anxiety, tension, and sadness. Studies have shown that lack of sleep reduces emotional and physical well-being, reduces optimism, and even contributes to the onset and worsening of physical pain.

3) De-clutter
It’s almost impossible to relax and feel great when everywhere you look, there are bills, papers, and appointment cards piled on workspaces and spilling out of drawers. Organizing your home and office is a great way to help calm anxiety, and some people actually find the de-cluttering itself therapeutic.

4) Listen to music
Music has a powerful effect on mood. It activates areas of the brain involved in the feeling of happiness. Relaxing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormone levels, and may even improve cognitive abilities; while an upbeat song can bring a smile to your face, make your feet start tapping and maybe even start you dancing!

5) Use some aromatherapy
Aromatherapy involves the use of concentrated, aromatic plant oils called essential oils, you have probably seen it in the form of naturally-scented bath salts, body lotions, and massage oils. A recent study found that people exposed to the scent of lavender or rosemary essential oils felt more content than people who didn’t use essential oils. Make sure they are pure essential oils – not artificially scented ones.

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