9 Surprising Ways To Boost Your Strength, Energy and Mood

Kirsten Curtis |

This post is sponsored by Solal

Watching sports or an action movie or chilling with friends … You know that feeling? That serene feeling that life is good – well, that’s all because of serotonin, the “feel good” hormone.

By simply introducing more healthy experiences into your daily life – like exercise, eating right, getting enough sleep and getting outdoors – you can naturally increase your serotonin levels, and boost your happiness, productivity and peace of mind.

Getting Your Mood Into Great Shape

As little as 15 minutes of exercise each day can help boost production of many of your body’s important “mood” hormones, including serotonin. It’s not just a way to lose weight or prevent heart disease “someday”. Always remember, exercise is about reducing stress and feeling good on the inside, not just looking good on the outside.

Eat Yourself Happy

Ever wondered why you always feel so warm
and happy after eating a big chicken dinner? Well, it’s because foods such as chicken, fish, turkey, cottage cheese, nuts, cheese and eggs all contain generous levels of tryptophan – an essential protein your body uses to produce serotonin. So,maybe try adding a bit more “happy” to your diet.

A Good Night’s Sleep

When we’re feeling down, it can be tempting to just pull the duvet over your head and sleep all day. But when it comes to sleep, quality is far more important than quantity. Maybe skip the snooze button and force yourself to get up early. And for the night owls and workaholics out there, if you’re getting by on only the bare minimum of sleep each night, find a way to squeeze an afternoon nap here and there – don’t overdo it though, 20 minutes should do the trick.

 Fun In The Sun

Exposure to sunlight, especially the brighter and more intense the sunlight of early morning, has shown to increase serotonin. So, try and get out of the house for an early morning jog or stroll when you can, it will give your body a serotonin boost for the day ahead. Then at night, when that serotonin is converted into melatonin, it will also ensure you get a great night’s sleep. Turn those extra UVs into Zs.

Wake Up And Don’t Smell The Coffee

Sugar, caffeine and alcohol are all stimulants … yummy, yummy stimulants. Unfortunately, while they do give you a lift, it’s only temporary and, over time, they can actually deplete valuable hormones and decrease their effectiveness. If you like to wake up to a hot cup of coffee, try to limit your intake. The same goes for alcohol and sugary treats. Sorry.

Happy Thoughts

Researchers have found that simply thinking happy thoughts can boost serotonin production. However, the opposite is also true, that is, thinking sad thoughts can decrease serotonin levels. Changes in the brain have been shown
to correlate to serotonin production – when having pleasurable thoughts, serotonin levels increased, whereas painful thoughts decreased serotonin levels.

Another Reason To Treat Yourself

We’ve all heard of the healing power of touch – I mean who doesn’t feel great after a good back rub? But now there’s medical research to back it up! A study conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine has shown that massage can increase serotonin by up to 28% and decrease cortisol – the “stress” hormone – by as much as 31%.
Now, how do you convince your doctor to prescribe a spa day?

That Extra “Pick Me Up”

The World Health Organization lists depression and anxiety as today’s leading cause of disability worldwide, and every year more and more people, just like you, are struggling to cope. For people who are faced with depression and anxiety every day, it’s not as simple as exercising, eating right and saying “I’m feeling great”. Because when those “dark clouds” appear, it can feel like they will never go away. But turning to prescription medication isn’t necessarily the answer …

Brighter Days Ahead

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