4 Ways to Improve Your Mood Naturally
Goodbye 2020…hello 2021! 2020 sure has been a whirlwind of a year. From going on lockdown, dealing with a global pandemic, and adjusting to new social norms, we’ve really been thrown for a loop. There’s definitely such a thing as cabin fever, and many of us have experienced it this past year. If you feel you’ve been cooped up in the house too long, you’re not alone. If you’ve experienced a negative impact on your mood and overall productivity, you’re not alone either. So, what can be done to naturally boost your mood and energy level?
Spend More Time Outdoors
Getting fresh air and stepping away from your tasks and responsibilities can work wonders when it comes to giving you a fresh outlook on life. You may find yourself overly consumed in work assignments, stressed out about staying healthy, or even worrying about financial troubles.
Research shows that spending time in nature is one of the quickest ways to improve your health and happiness. Some studies show that going outside can lower stress, blood pressure and heart rate, while encouraging physical activity and improving mood and mental health. Find a peaceful park to find peace of mind!
Get Sufficient Sleep
Getting enough sleep is probably easier said than done. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be achieved. A solid night’s rest is integral in keeping a positive mind and for your overall health. If you want to start the day off right, you need to make sure you are well-rested and ready to face the day with a clear, rested mind, focus, and sufficient energy. After sleepless nights, people tend to be irritable, agitated, and stressed out. Indeed, some studies confirm that sleep deprivation has a significant effect on your mood.
Once you lay your head down to rest at night, you may struggle to turn off your mind and doze off. It’s important to have a nighttime routine that helps you decompress and wind down for the night. For example, leave your mobile devices in another room or simply turn them off. Scrolling through social media or reading emails only keeps your mind active. Also, avoid food with sugar, drinks with sugar, and caffeinated beverages as these too will keep your mind and body active and awake. Create a nighttime routine to help eliminate all things that will keep you awake and delay your sleep time. In the end, create a “getting ready for bed soon” routine that can you follow, so that you can wake up the next morning feeling revitalized, rejuvenated, and most importantly happy!
Cultivate Relationships That Feed Your Soul
With a global pandemic in full swing, you may feel isolated, alone, and separated from the rest of the world. Many people are experiencing a void when it comes to relationships with family, friends, and even strangers. When we do go into public, we are advised to stay 6 feet apart, wear masks, and avoid gatherings. This can make people feel depressed and unmotivated. So… how do we manage?
First and foremost, try to cultivate relationships that feed your soul. You may not be able to visit them in person, but this is where technology can serve you. We now have the ability to video chat, text, and call our loved ones and friends to remain connected. Calling a friend, a loved one, or whomever is good for you to talk, even for just a few minutes, can boost your mood and your mindset. Plus, they’d probably love to hear from you!
Take a Natural Plant Extract Supplement like CBD
Some studies report that CBD influences the body’s endocannabinoid system to help regulate and achieve balance across mind and body functions including mood and energy. Generally, the endocannabinoid system serves as a master regulator of other bodily systems, such as your nervous system, immune system, and digestive system, among others, to ensure they all work together in harmony and promote good health within. In theory, when a bodily system or function is imbalanced, such as your mood, using CBD correctly may help direct the endocannabinoid system to promote and support a happy mood and good health overall.
Some Americans have already experienced a positive outcome from using hemp-derived CBD as a natural alternative aid for mood support.
In a 2019 survey, 37.9% of American adults between the ages of 18 and 55+ reported using CBD to help their mood, with 79.5% finding CBD was either extremely or very effective for them. In a separate 2019 social media review study, 250,000 posts were found to involve conversations about using CBD oil to regulate moods without side effects (that is, feeling high) or addiction, with 90% of those posts providing positive comments on CBD’s efficacy.
If you’re looking for a natural aid for happy mood support, CBD may be your ideal solution.
A Prescription for Better Health: Go Alfresco, Harvard Health Publishing, July 2010
Sleep deprivation leads to mood deficits in healthy adolescents, Sleep Medicine Journal, August 2015
Boomers and Millennials alike are buzzing about CBD, CBD Marketing Study