Mood Boost! 5 At Home Pick-Me-Ups

  1. Post dinner evening stroll- Taking a walk around the neighborhood can help with digestion, and involve you in the community. You might catch a beautiful sunset, or notice new plants in blossom. Exercise releases endorphins, which is one of the best ways of improving mood.
  2. Song blast- Do you have a favorite song? Choose an upbeat classic favorite, or a new tune that caught your attention on the radio. Play it loud, and dance! This exercise not only releases endorphins, but also activates our pleasure center, releasing nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes or blood vessels allowing improved circulation and oxygenation to our tissues. This results in a reboot, making us feel happier and more vital.
  3. Fresh cut flowers- According to one Harvard study, flowers can increase energy and ease anxiety. People most enjoyed flower gazing in the morning, and in the kitchen to help them get a good start to their day. Aromatic flowers add additional therapy through their relaxing fragrance or nostalgic ties. Rose, lilac and lavender are wonderful fragrances to fill your home and calm the nervous system.
  4. Nostril breathing- Focusing on breath, in combination with body movement is a core practice in yoga. Breath is a powerful inducer of the parasympathetic (calming) part of our nervous system. Alternate nostril breathing is a technique used in Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga. Give yourself three to five minutes to complete this exercise. Sitting up straight, you will use your thumb to cover your right nostril, and the small finger of the same hand to cover the left nostril. Close your right nostril with your thumb, and inhale through the left nostril. Close your left nostril with your right little finger, and exhale through your right nostril. Inhale through your right nostril (still covering the left). Close your right nostril again with your thumb and exhale with through your left nostril. This completes one cycle. Breath through the left nostril is associated with our feminine energy, and is calming and relaxing. Breath through the right nostril is associated with our masculine energy and is more uplifting and energizing.
  5. Call a friend- When feeling melancholic, we often isolate ourselves, or feel alone. Break this cycle by picking up the phone and calling an old friend or reach out to a new one. Laughter is wonderful medicine, and you will instantly feel more connected.
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