7 Instant Mood Boosters

mala-beads-yoga-tiny-devotions-photographer-photographer-richelle-hunter-photography-summer-of-soul-338Sometimes the stress of everyday life can leave you feeling overwhelmed. With the days getting shorter and weather a little cooler, it can be easy to start to feel a little down with the changing of the seasons. The next time you need a little pick-me-up, try these simple tricks for an instant mood boost.

1. Get moving. Whether you feel up for a beach run, sweaty yoga session or just a light stretch, any type of exercise can lift your mood by boosting circulation and delivering oxygen-rich blood to your cells. Listen to how your body is feeling and just move.

2. Jam out. A favorite song can turn your mood around in a matter of seconds, so bust out that favorite playlist. Singing and dancing optional, though highly recommended.

3. Brew a warm drink. Enjoy a hot cup of tea or a soothing warm drink. Increasing your body temperature has a comforting effect that helps de-stress and put you at ease.

4. Inhale a calming scent. Light up a delicious scented candle or try some aromatherapy. Essential oils like lavender and orange can reduce feelings of anxiety and uplift your spirit.

5. Munch on mood-boosting foods. For a quick snack try munching on nuts which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, or a bit of dark chocolate which improves levels of serotonin and blood flow to the brain. If you have the time, chopping veggies and cooking up a nourishing meal for yourself or loved ones can be a great way to unwind. Fresh, whole foods will leave you feeling radiant. Eggs are great- loaded with omega-3s, zinc, and B vitamins- and swiss chard is packed with magnesium which relaxes the nervous system and elevates mood.

6. Do a good deed. Studies show that bringing happiness to others increases your own happiness. Get out and share some positive vibes with a random act of kindness! There are so many easy ways you can bring a smile to others. If you don’t feel like leaving the house, check out the More Love Letters movement and write a letter to a stranger who needs a little extra love and support in their life.

 7. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful. Put on the outfit that makes you feel amazing or take out your special, meaningful jewelry. Better yet, slip on your favorite mala and repeat a loving mantra to yourself.

London Glendenning is a San Diego, CA based blogger, creative type, and sunshine enthusiast who loves bringing inspiration and happiness to others. Her healthy lifestyle blog London, Like the City celebrates everything from food and fitness to stylized living and holistic health. Join her on the journey to finding balance and purpose as a 20-something!

Website: www.londonlikethecity.comLondonGlendenning

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