How can I lift my mood? The first step to lifting your mood is simply recognizing that you are feeling down. This can be difficult when depression has taken a firm hold of your life, and it’s hard to see the forest for the trees, but there are some simple ways you can make yourself feel better.
This article will discuss some techniques for getting past those low points and on with your day. The tips below are not quick fixes, but rather tools in your toolkit to use when things get tough. They will help put into perspective what may seem insurmountable now, so please give them time!
If we want to improve our mood and energy, the fundamental thing is to change our attitude. When a positive attitude is adopted, our mind automatically enters a virtuous circle. If we want to achieve this mindset, there are various techniques, such as smiling or remembering a happy moment.
The sport also helps us to improve certain aspects of our body. According to studies of people, exercise is one of the best treatments against depression, the development of emotions, and the ability to increase your lifestyle to a happier one.
Improving your mood is something you can achieve; even being pregnant, menopause, among other situations, beating depression is also possible if you exercise your body. That directly influences your mind.
Scientists have provided us with a new understanding of human experience; thanks to constant studies on people, instead of acting as separate entities, or even working in opposition, the brain and the body consistently communicate and feed each other. The mind is a powerful capacity in us. If we have a healthy and balanced habit of living, we will be able to do things that we didn’t do before.
How can I improve my mood and energy?
Increasing the frequency with which you exercise will help you manage your mood, reduce depression, improve your lifestyle, and increase the positive effect on how you deal with people.
That will help in an incredible way to improve your mood; however, there are also other ways that we will tell you below, which in turn, work in a very effective method: They may seem absurd to you. They work for me, and they change my mood right away.
If you want to be your best self, check out these 9 steps for improving mental health.
Smile even if you don’t feel like it
As Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “We will never know how much good a simple smile can do. According to a study by the University of Kansas conducted by the prestigious psychologists Sarah Pressman and Tara Kraft, in which 169 people participated, they forced a group of them to smile.
Research shows that the stress levels and heart rate of these people decreased considerably. When we smile, we tell our bodies that everything is fine.
So, you know, when you don’t feel good about smiling, it will instantly lift your mood and make you feel better.
Chewing gum is an effective and inexpensive way to reduce stress hormones, fight off the blues, and keep your brain sharp.
Try to surround yourself with people who appreciate you, don’t push them away just because you feel bad. These people who love you will always try to make you feel good.
Studies have shown that talking or interacting more with people (whether it’s a large group of people or a tiny one) can significantly improve your mood. That is because of the effect that socializing has.
People who love and appreciate you will always do their best to make you feel good, and believe me, they will succeed!
You may be feeling the most unhappy and unfortunate person in the world right now, but believe me, you’re not. An exercise that will make you feel good is giving thanks.
- Be thankful for the people who love you (even if you think they don’t).
- Also, be thankful for what you have (even if you think it’s not enough), many people have less than you.
- You are a great person, and you should be thankful for that too.
- You can forgive those who have hurt you (do this and you will feel great).
- Be thankful for the mistakes you have made. You already have the experience not to make them anymore.
- Be thankful to be alive. You will have enough time to solve everything you think you have done wrong.
Do you need more reasons to be thankful? There are. Look inside yourself and forget your bad mood.
Listen to a happy song that you like
This technique will change your mood in a short time. Listening to upbeat music or one that brings back excellent memories will improve your mood in seconds. Use this technique as your normal routine.
A happy song can be better than a wellness coach who is a supportive guide who helps clients set health goals. These can be anything from losing weight to improving one’s energy, and much more!
Think of a baby’s smile
Think of a baby’s smile, it may seem absurd, but just seeing a baby smile is very powerful. I guarantee you won’t be able to avoid a smile.
This technique is so powerful to get emotional well-being. That smile will boost happiness because no one can resist a baby’s smile. And you will feel happier immediately.
Give or receive a hug
Give your loved ones a hug today! When you stimulate the pressure receptors of the skin, they lower stress hormones. Touch also boosts oxytocin which promotes feelings of well-being and security in our bodies. Hugs may even help reduce the severity of cold symptoms so don’t forget to give one out too!!
Listen to a monologue
Listen to a stand-up comedy or a joke, this works wonderfully well for me, even in the worst of times. Laughter is the best way to make you feel better. When you finish watching the monologue you will be in a good mood.
Remember a happy moment
Think of something beautiful that’s happened to you in your life. The birth of your child, the best moments with your partner, the affection of your parents or grandparents, etc. This method is irresistible, and you can’t be depressed for long.
Exercise also induces positive changes within the brain when you exercise regularly.
Exercise helps your body and mind, also to improve your mood.
Benefits of exercise to improve our mood
Dr. J. Carson Smith, professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, says, “it’s scientifically proven that people who have been physically active all their adult lives are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, or cognitive problems.”
Regular exercise can improve mood, increase resistance to stress, and slow the effects of aging on our brains.
Try to take some mild exercise such as a 30-minute walk—ideally through greenery on the coastline or past beautiful buildings. It will have positive effects on your body and mood.
The benefits that training imparts to the heart and muscles are the same for the brain and mind.
For example, exercise helps control blood glucose and improve insulin sensitivity, critical in controlling blood sugar, and leading to a leaner physique.
It has also been shown that the higher the blood sugar, the faster the cognitive decline.
Causes of mood swings
Depression is a severe health epidemic globally; a high percentage of the population suffers at least one depressive episode a year. That leads to a significant problem in the well-being and development of emotions, affecting twice as many women as men. Anxiety disorders also attack 30% of the population at some point in their lives.
Exercising or playing sports can quickly improve your mood. Suppose you suffer premenstrual syndrome, winter, the arrival of Monday, the end of the holidays. These moments of discouragement are understandable.
Smith claims that:
“Exercise has a powerful effect on improving mood, reducing anxiety, depression, and increasing feelings and emotions of relaxation.”
A study published in the journal Psychosomatics of Medicine examined a group of people with depression and prescribed one of four treatment options: exercise at home, antidepressant medication, talking to friends, or having a placebo.
After four months, the supervised exercise group and the medication group had the highest (and nearly equal) remission rates, followed by the home exercise group.
Do Cardiovascular Exercise and Weights Help Improve Our Mood?
Most of the research on exercise and brain function has always focused on cardiovascular exercise. But weights are just as effective, and a combination of the two creates a much better synergy, in addition to helping you lose weight.
Dr. Smith says that endurance exercise is as effective as cardio, whether for cognitive function or mood regulation.
In studies of cognition in older people, when resistance exercise is combined with cardiovascular exercise, more substantial effects are obtained.
Improving your mood is possible.
Antidepressants. Do they have a positive effect on our well-being?
Suffering from depression is a rather severe and complex disease in our lifestyle; it directly affects our emotional capacity, the possibility of being happy, and considerably reduces the way to improve the ideal development of our emotions.
Emotions are fragile and tend to wobble if we are in a very low mood. When we fall into depression, we will always see the negative side of everything. Our mind deceives us and makes us believe what it is not.
One could say that depression seduces the mind, making it deceive us and clouding us with false and unreal scenarios.
Be very careful with this!
Avoid always thinking about the negative, think about the positive! And all that you have achieved.
The trick of the exercise is that it keeps the mind busy. Therefore, depression will also be absent. This type of method is practiced by many people to “clear the head” and not think about certain harmful emotions.
The effect of physical activity has on our organism not only manages to tone up our body to a great extent but also reduces the problems that have been going around in our heads.
Most people consider that using medication is the best treatment for problems with emotions, not the case.
Perhaps using the medication can reduce anxiety, stress, distress, and depression, but it doesn’t eliminate them, and it won’t be a long-term effect either.
These types of treatment methods are not recommended at all, especially if you’re trying to self-medicate.
Try to avoid this; we do not advise using medication unless it is a particular or emotionally severe case.
Taking medication affects your body’s physical development and behavior. Just like food, your body absorbs everything you eat, so your body will get used to everything you give it.
However, certain medications contain vitamins that can help you with a particular exercise routine:
- B-Complex: The “B” complex helps you in the nervous system, retaining all those energies that calories provide us. We recommend not to consume in excess; only 1 per day if necessary.
- Folic Acid: This medication is quite effective against many problems concerning the brain; likewise, it helps strengthen it, fortify your hair, and enhance the absorption of nutrients.
- The OMEGA-3: Consuming occasional Omega-3 tablets can give you what you need to function optimally. That is due to the properties that such a tablet provides you. However, avoid taking too many or too many, remember that everything in excess is harmful.
Our recommendation for this is that before taking any medication: Consult a qualified doctor or an expert in the field who can examine you and provide all necessary information.
It is a fact that, even if you don’t want to accept it, you MUST CHANGE YOUR STATE OF MIND. Believe it or not, it affects everyone around us. If you think you are alone and nobody loves you, you have to know that it is not so.
Don’t let the people who love you and are around you be affected because you don’t feel right. Ask for help if you need it, and you will get it.
Likewise, giving yourself medication or drugs in the belief that you will be relieved of any kind of depression or emotional state will not help you.
That affects both your body and your head. The exercise’s primary goal is to improve your body. Try not to use medication, the level of development that comes from giving your body medication reduces exponentially.
The development of your well-being is essential to maintain an optimal quality of life, serene, and calm. You must improve all those adverse effects that cause your level of self-esteem, raise all those spirits on the ground with a good routine.
The trick is to keep your mind busy and away from all the thoughts that prevent your cognitive, emotional, and physical development.
Cheer up! Be happy and always try to keep your well-being high, you will see that it is achieved in an effortless way and without the need to have treatments that harm your life and your emotional quality.
I read once that a depressed person has the same effect as a jihadi who immolates himself. The damage it causes is exponential, the closer you are to the damage it causes.
When you find yourself feeling so overwhelmed and unhappy that it’s impacting your quality of life, consider whether professional help might be in order.
Don’t let the people who love and surround you be affected because you don’t feel right. Ask for help if you need it. You’ll get it!
Remember. YOU ARE A GREAT PERSON!
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.buildyourbody.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Nataniel-Josue-Alvarez.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]The article was reviewed and approved by Nataniel Josué Alvarez. Medical Doctor graduated from Medical School Universidad Nacional Experimental Francisco de Miranda. Área Ciencias de la Salud. •Awarded winner IV Science Fair of Research Methodology – April 2012 •Recipient of Asesor Estudiantil Institucional Scholarship •Thesis: Relationship Between Parasitosis, Anemia and Hygiene Habits in patients aged 20 yo 70 years old in Amuay, municipality of Los Taques, Falcón State, Venezuela •Thesis: Intervention Plan in Rural Healthcare in Monte Verde and La Puntica sectors, of the Amuay Community, Los Taques parish, Los Taques municipality, of the Falcón State, Venezuela. During the period March 2018 – July 2018[/author_info] [/author]