Easy Self-Care Practices That Can Improve Your Mood

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Being in a foul mood is normal. It is human nature. Sudden disruptions to everyday life can cause feelings of meaninglessness, despair, and frustration. These negative feelings can then lead to irritability and put anyone in a bad mood—including you!

The good news is that in case your mood runs afoul, you can actually do something to get you back into a feel-good state of my mind. The secret is to practice the self-care pointers below. Self-care simply means managing your health so as to maintain your overall well-being, and the tips you will read will help you do that. In fact, they are some of the most practical and effective self-care strategies you will find anywhere. This is why Tampa rehab centers and similar care facilities incorporate these same recommendations on how to best look after oneself. So, check them out:

Eat Healthy

As mental health advocate and The Happiness Diet author Rachel Kelly points out, “Our digestive health and nutritional health affects our brain health.” It goes without saying then that eating a healthy, balanced diet will help improve both your physical and mental health. Specifically, healthy eating helps ensure that you get all the nutrients you need, including some that have been shown to mitigate stress, like glutathione, vitamin D, and L-tryptophan.

It’s just as important to stick to a balanced diet that keeps you adequately nourished so that your body can ward off illnesses, which are a major cause of stress that is sure to put you in a bad mood. By eating healthy, you are more likely to avoid ailments that can leave you feeling antsy. So, eat more of vitamin-rich food like fruits and vegetables. Add some protein to your diet in the form of lean meat, chicken, and fish, and don’t forget to include grains, nuts, and other healthy treats.

Exercise Religiously

Exercise is a natural, proven, and popular mood booster. The study More Evidence That Exercise Can Boost Mood notes that any kind of physical activity brings lots of health benefits, including those related to mental health [2]. In particular, engaging in physical activity can improve mood and decrease your risk of depression.

Needless to say, you ought to get moving as much as you can. Get into the habit of exercising. Nudge yourself into going on daily jogs either in the morning or in the afternoon after work. You can also play sports or try out popular fitness trends such as yoga and high intensity interval training. Whatever your choice is, the key is that you engage in physical activity regularly.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is a way to take good care of your health, and it is also a proven mood booster just like exercise. In fact, CNN medical producer Sandee LaMotte describes good, adequate sleep is “one of the best things you can do to ease stress and boost your mood.”[3] That’s because quality shut-eye allows both your body and mind to take time off and recover.

In addition, studies have shown that just a slight lack of sleep can affect your mood adversely. In particular, sleep deprivation can make you more irritable and short-fused. It can also leave you at a greater risk of stress and anxiety. Luckily, you can avoid all that by getting the quality shut-eye you need every night. To improve your sleep quality, make sure you establish a bedtime routine and stick to it. Make your room as comfortable as possible as well, and try to avoid technology at least an hour before you go to sleep.

Take Good Care of Your Mind

A healthy mind translates to positive vibes. So, make sure you take excellent care of it. Wherever possible, avoid anything that might stress your mind out, like the endless bickering on social media and the spread of fake news online. When you can, avoid people who may cause you undue stress and stay away from situations that may trigger your anxiety.

Alternatively, look to feed your mind with positivity. Find some “me time” and just relax or meditate. Read a book or listen to your favorite songs or podcast. Chat with the people who make you happy. And play games that will stimulate your mind, like Scrabble and chess.

Treat Yourself to a “Forest Bath”

Forest bathing, or the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, is walking somewhere with trees and then inhaling the air deeply. Research shows that trees release chemicals such as terpenes that supposedly activates the body’s parasympathetic nervous system. This system is primarily responsible for calming your body and telling it to cool down.

What’s more, walking amidst the trees and breathing deeply while doing so is said to relieve stress and assuage depression. So, find time to be one with nature; your mental health will thank you for it.

You’d be forgiven if you are often in a foul mood. After all, stress is a part of everyday life. Even so, there’s no reason why you can’t improve your mood, especially if you follow the above-mentioned self-care practices. So, why not start now?


[1] https://www.forbes.com/sites/nomanazish/2017/12/11/10-smart-ways-to-make-self-care-a-part-of-every-meal/

[2] https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/more-evidence-that-exercise-can-boost-mood

[3] https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/02/health/natural-ways-to-improve-mental-health-wellness/index.html

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By Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. "My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation" - Paul Harrison

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