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3 simple and easy ways to boost your mood :) xxx

February 16, 2017

February can be a funny old month, we are so ready to move forward into springtime but we aren’t quite there yet!!

 

We eagerly buy daffs and hang up our scarves and hats but it can still be grey and bitterly cold and that can drag our mood down after a while.

 

If you are in need of a lift we have 3 fantastic top tips that can help you boost your mood!

 

1.HAVE A MASSAGE

 A deep massage will not only relieve muscle soreness in the body, it’s been proven to lift your mood significantly too. Having a treatment will increase your brain’s production of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that make you feel on top of the world. Massage will also help lower anxiety, stress and depression by increasing the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. A study from the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute found it lower blood levels of cortisol, the stress hormone by 25% percent. It also improves sleep quality, leaving you feeling more rested and alert. A one-off will give you a boost but if possible work a regular massage into your routine for maximum impact.

 

2. DO GOOD

Being nice to others can actually make you feel wonderful in return. Research has found that people who volunteer to help a worthy cause are much likelier to be happier than those who don’t. One review, which looked at 40 different studies, discovered that regularly helping others can reduce early mortality rates by 22% compared with people who don’t volunteer. Helpers also had reduced rates of depression, plus better life satisfaction and wellbeing. However, there is a fine line – the study also warned that those who sacrificed a large amount of time to care for family members could become less healthy emotionally and physically as they are often overwhelmed with conflicting responsibilities. Researchers suggest that up to 10 hours of volunteering is the optimum, but even small kindness gestures such as donating to charity help. Check out www.volunteeringmatters.org.uk

 

3.FLICK THROUGH PICS

 Researchers at Open University tested which everyday activity would boost mood the most, and looking through old photos came out top. People were told to each a chocolate snack, sip an alcoholic drink, watch TV, listen to music and look at personal photos. The scientists then examined how much their mood improved, the chocolate did nothing, alcohol and TV offered a modest 1% boost, yet flicking through old pics of happy occasions made mood rise by 11%.”

 

( taken from “Natural Health” magazine, March 2017)

 

 

 

Why not give it a try?!

 

Lots of love and kind regards,

 

Kirst xxx

 

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