1. Exercise is all Encompassing
The best way to feel happy, healthy and fit is to exercise. There is no substitute. Research shows that exercise will boost your mood, help you to sleep better and increase your self-esteem. This is partially due to the release of endorphins in your body as you workout. Endorphins decrease our sense of pain and increase our happiness and sense of pleasure.
If you want your mood to go up, increase your exercise. Working out doesn’t mean 60 minutes or 0; all or nothing. Working out to a ten minute app on your phone is till exercise. Start somewhere.
2. Put the Good Stuff in Your Stomach
Ninety percent of serotonin is made in your gut. Serotonin is the chemical that makes you happy. That means, whatever you are putting into that tummy of yours, could impact your mood.
Do your best to stay away from frequenting antibiotics, processed foods and high sugar and carb diets. Of course, that chronic stress will get you every time. So, find ways to eliminate stress. Take walks, do yoga, rid of toxic people, eliminate negative self-talk and journal out your pain in order to help minimize some stressors.
3. True Wealth is in Peace of Mind
The best things in life are free, and peace of mind constitutes as one of them. A great way to live healthy is to have peace of mind. Peace of mind gives us happiness, energy and the ability to sleep at night.
Want more peace of mind? List out your morals and values and see if you are actually living them. Living untruthfully to others or yourself is painful and stressful. It requires the body to exalt a lot of energy and time, and can cause paranoia and confusion in your mind. The more things you can take off your plate that cause you internal pain, the more you will see your peace of mind go up.
4. Comparing is Quite Contrary
Don’t compare yourself to others. A great way to feel healthy is to stay in tune with your body and its needs. When we compare ourselves to others, we focus our time and energy on trying to be something that our body and mind might not actually want us to be. As you spend countless hours trying to be or do things like others, if your mind and body don’t agree, you will never achieve what you are trying to do. As we compare ourselves to others we are giving ourselves a very unrealistic and skewed perception of reality. This can decrease confidence and even lead to depressive symptoms.
Instead, work on becoming more self-aware. Reflect on your values, your goals, your current life situation and begin creating a realistic plan to get you where you are trying to go.
Stay healthy and happy by re-shifting your focus and attention that is on others, toward you and your desires.
5. Dress Up, Mood Up
Dress up. Of course, there are days when you want to cuddle up in yoga pants and just relax, and quite frankly, I think you should do that. However, don’t let this dress style be your only style. I know that the day to day routine can be boring or nothing exciting might be going on, but dress up anyway.
More days than not during the week, make sure you put on a little makeup, paint your nails or style your hair. At least twice a week, wear something that makes you feel sexy or pretty. The way we dress and feel in our own skin does impact our confidence and our attitude about our day. There is nothing like a new sundress, a great hair day, or a little mascara and lipstick.
Dress up your body, dress up your mood.