Running out of things to do at home can negatively affect your mood and attitude. Sometimes it’s hard to stay positive. Here are some simple things you can do to keep that positivity while social distancing!
- Be thankful. You woke up today – that’s one big thing to be thankful for.
- Spend more time in nature, spend less time on screens. Light greatly affects the mood and studies show that natural light helps release happy hormones and artificial light does otherwise. Now is a perfect time of year to get out in the beautiful nature we have in Alaska.
- Be active. Walk around, grow some succulents, dance or sing (like nobody’s watching because nobody is!).
- Eat healthy. Did you know that certain foods can help boost your mood? (See articles below to know more!)
- Get enough sleep. Don’t sleep more. Don’t sleep less.
- Before going to sleep at night, make a list of what you wish to accomplish the next day. That will give you something to look forward to when you wake up!
Being positive is good for your health mentally and physically. This is a free and fun way to get yourself away from these diseases that prey on people with low immunity. Keep healthy! Stay positive!
Laugh With A Friend
Who hasn’t heard the old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine?”
Of course, laughter won’t treat ongoing health issues. But, it can help relieve feelings of anxiety or stress, and improve a low mood by boosting dopamine and endorphin levels.
According to a small 2017 study by Trusted Source which looked at 12 young men, social laughter triggered endorphin release. Research from 2011Trusted Source studies support this finding.
So, share that funny video, dust off your joke book, or watch a comedy special with a friend or partner.
An added bonus? Bonding over something hilarious with a loved one might even trigger oxytocin release.
Sleep: Too little, too much?
We often hear about the real dangers of getting too little sleep, but on the other end of the spectrum, sleeping too much also appears to have some risks. It’s known that sleep is a time when the body repairs and restores itself, and getting too little rest can lead to a whole host of health problems. More evidence is showing that spending an excessive amount of time in bed is also linked with health hazards.
Read more: https://amerisleep.com/blog/oversleeping-the-health-effects/#:~:text=Too%20much%20sleep%20on%20a,or%20cumulatively%20during%20the%20week.
9 Foods That Activate Your Happy Hormones!
- Mussels – a thyroid stabilizer.
- Spinach – contains magnesium, known to help boost energy.
- Asparagus – is a great source of tryptophan, which helps to create serotonin (a happy hormone!)
- Eggs – also contains tryptophan and choline for sharpness
- Oily fish – fish oils excrete fatty acids that aid in stabilizing our brains.
- Dark chocolate – contains magnesium, an element that spreads through your body giving you a positive energy
- while relaxing your muscles and reducing anxiety.
- Legumes and Nuts – By distributing high amounts of magnesium, they are quite the energy boosters.
- Avocado – also a great source of tryptophan, which helps to create serotonin.
- Greek yogurt – the probiotics it contains help boost your energy and benefit your immune AND digestive systems!