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8 Physical Habits To Lift Your Mood

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Physical health is critical for overall well-being and is the most visible of the various dimensions of health, which also include social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and environmental health. Some of the most obvious and serious signs that we are unhealthy appear physically.

To increase our psychological well-being, there are a few habits we should practice. They help us avoid major problems and they cost almost nothing. Making small changes can have big effects. This is especially true with your physical routines. Small changes there can help your emotional well being exceptionally.

Good and bad news affect your mood, In the same way, any physical or environmental change can transform your emotions.

Below are 8 physical habits to lift mood and change your emotional well-being for the better. Psychological studies have shown that these habits that do just that.

1. An Energetic Posture

The composition of your hormones changes depending on your posture. These not only flow through your blood, but also influence your mood. Different hormones have different effects on your mind. 

For instance, cortisol is in charge of regulating your stress levels. When this hormone is active, you feel more overstretched. On the other hand, testosterone is regarded as the confidence hormone. When you have more of it coursing through your veins, you feel more confident.

According to studies completed by Amy Cuddy, certain postures have different effects. For example, when you take a posture of power, you raise your levels of testosterone and reduce the amount of cortisol in your blood.

This allows you to have enough confidence in yourself to achieve what you set out to do.

2. Physical Contact

Are you aware that oxytocin is called the love hormone? Well, this hormone also affects your emotional state. When you have higher levels of oxytocin, you will feel  more at ease and calm. 

This hormone makes us less sensitive to negative emotions and draining elements in our environment. Oxytocin is released much more quickly when you have physical contact with someone else. This can come through hugs, handshakes, pats on the back, and orgasms. On a smaller scale, touching smooth, warm objects also helps to release this hormone.

3. Smile

Your facial muscles have a very essential out-turn on your emotions. This is especially true since they can determine what hormones your body releases. If you take up habits, like constantly smiling, you will notice a positive change in your mood. 

When you smile, your brain starts to see things from a positive perspective. This allows you to face life with a better attitude. When you frown, the same thing happens, but with a negative reaction. This includes not being able to see the fun in something that’s really interesting.

4. Keep Moving

How often do you exercise? When you do, do you convince yourself that you don’t have enough time? We often say we don’t have time to go to the gym, take a walk around the neighbourhood, or even work out at home.

The best way to start is to scrap the notion that working out is boring and difficult. There’s a large set of options you can try. Among all the options, you should find one that you enjoy. 

The best thing to do to help you work out is to discard anything that might become an excuse. This way you can get your brain ready to move. For instance, if your work has a casual dress code, try wearing tennis shoes to encourage you to work out.

5. Take Care Of Your Skin

Your skin reveals what is happening inside and outside you. There are many skin problems that are caused by stress. They can be acne, eczema, and psoriasis. 

You should have a daily cleansing and moisturizing program. This not only makes you look better, but feel better too. Through your skin care, you’ll feel better. This is because you know that you are doing something for your well-being. That can give you a better mood.

6. Sing

Who said your voice has to be mind blowing? All you really need is the impulse. If you are ashamed of singing in front of others, you don’t have to. Sing in the shower. Or, just sing when you want to. 

Singing will increase your mood. It releases seratonin and tyiptophan. Both of these are hormones that affect your mood. Also, singing has been shown to have many good benefits. Among these are higher level of confidence, better memory, and more relief for some pains.

7. Eat Better

It’s well known that people who eat better suffer fewer disorders. This includes both mental and emotional disorders like: Depression, Anxiety, Mood changes, Hyperactivity.

Because of this, it is a good idea to pay attention to what you eat. This doesn’t mean that you have to have a boring diet. There is a great variety of delicious, healthy foods you can try. Just search for healthy food recipes online.

8. Take Care Of Your Appearance.

If you let your appearance go, your mood will probably go with it. It’s important to take into account how you see yourself and what you project. 

Take a little bit of time to take care of your appearance. This is one of the physical habits that will help you to stay in good spirits. Remember that your appearance is how you present yourself to the world. Because of this, it’s important to reflect on who you are. When you face challenges with a smile and a positive attitude, everything will go well.

Use these physical habits to help your brain. By doing so, you can fight negative thoughts better.

Leave your bad mood behind. Focus on your body, health and changing your mood, this is a free ticket to a healthy life.

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