Do you ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed? We have all been there; you wake up and it seems the universe is working against you. Your angry, upset or just bummed out for what seems to be an unknown reason. When you are having one of these days, there are things you can do besides loading up on coffee or caffeine to power through the day. Here are a few natural ways to boost your mood:
Take a pre-work walk – Getting the blood pumping with a little bit of exercise can do wonders for your mood. Your body will release mood-enhancing endorphins that will naturally help you ditch the funk your in.
Eat a good meal – Choosing good ingredients for your meals can have a great effect on your mood. Look for walnuts, kiwi, bananas, sour cherries, pineapple, tomatoes, and plums; they are all naturally high in serotonin, a natural mood booster . You can also eat foods high in tryptophan, an essential amino acid that your body converts to serotonin. Tryptophan is commonly found in proteins such as turkey, fish, chicken, cottage cheese, nuts, cheese, eggs, and beans.
Laugh – It is said that laughter is the best medicine, it may not heal all but it does lower stress hormones. Find a funny podcast or radio show that you like and listen on the way to work to get some laughs in the car.
Listen to Music – Upbeat music has been shown to help you feel better and lift your mood. Turn up the volume and jam out to a song that bring you back to the good ole’ days to boost your mood.
Clean out your desk – When you get to the office, take some time to organize and clean your workspace. Cluttered spaces can cause you to lose focus and lower productivity. Once you get organized, you can focus fully on your workday and shake off the funk of a bad morning.
Get a massage – Massages are not only physically relaxing but they also boost serotonin levels as well as reduce levels of the stress-hormone cortisol.
Get an adjustment – Adjustments realign the spine and can help get rid of aches and pains, which can make bad days even worse. An adjustment will help your body heal and function properly, allowing you to be your best.
Get a good night of sleep – The last thing you can do after a bad day is go to sleep early! Try to get a good night of sleep to recharge and avoid any “bad day” feelings the next day.
Utilize these to help yourself get out of that funk the next time you having a bad day!