For many people around the globe, the way to improving overall mood is two-fold. One part is to physically make changes, and the other part involves trying to change some thinking patterns. Instead of looking for short term fixes such as sugary snacks or alcohol, these people understand that quite a battle may ensue, as changes are made- not all of which are easy to keep- which are aimed to help make improvements contributing to an overall better state of well being. Starting at the very start, let us look at some of the first things which should be done.
State Of Mind
One of the first things to do, if not the very first, is to identify the problems with your mood (be it stress, anxiety, or negativity and mood swings) which you wish to change. Think about the things which stress you to remind yourself why you want to change, and get up enough of an impulse to commit to making the change. It may be the case that you have thought about this for a while – which most people tend to do – this should make it a little easier. Remind yourself of your overall aim, and all the benefits it will bring. The single most important thing in this stage is to be positive. This attitude will work its way into all that you do, benefiting you enormously. Other ways to think to help this way of thinking include:
- Looking on the bright side of things, and trying to find humor in normally stressful situations can have a big impact on your levels of stress. Next time something happens that would normally cause stress, try it; look on the bright side, and crack a joke. Monitor your stress levels soon after and you should feel a difference.
- Don’t blame yourself. Feelings of guilt and inadequacy can lead to depressive thoughts. Be positive. Managing your thoughts and putting on a positive spin will help a great deal.
- Get a good night’s sleep to help you through the following day without feeling tired or irritable.
Understanding which negative thinking patterns you have is a critical part to modifying them. If you can’t see them, you can’t change them. Make a note of how you feel in certain stressful situations to help to identify patterns in your thinking. From there you should be able to identify the negative ones, and start to replace them with a more positive way of reacting to the situation if it arises again in the future. Remember to be positive, and congratulate yourself on finding any traits that need changed. A real feeling of understanding and expectation may now set in, as you start to see and make real changes and some degree of progress.
State Of Body
While you are dealing with the ‘inner self’ aspect of this lifestyle change to improve your mood, the other essential part is more physical. Incorporating a regular exercise regime couple with an improved diet and intake of foods combine to fully balance your body by providing it with enough of the right foods to manufacture and synthesize all the chemicals and substances it needs, while at the same time doing enough physical work to keep everything in good shape and sound working order.
Thousands of people join a gym or something similar to do just that. Others choose to get their exercise through walking a pet and going for example, swimming, a couple of times a week. The important part is actually doing it, as exercise is known to reduce stress, and also to promote feelings of well being. Making small changes at first should still bring noticeable results, and make a note to remind yourself at times when you are lacking motivation. Once a routine is built up, and there is an acceptance and on-going commitment to keep doing do so, it can become a thing to look forward to, a reassuring occurrence in your life. It becomes less of a chore, and all the time your body is benefiting.
Foods To Eat To Improve Moods
Along with the added exercise, making sure you are eating correctly will give you the fuel and energy to stay in a positive frame of mind and keep continuing with the lifestyle changes. Food’s effects on the body should be researched and understood, then applied in small changes to your existing diet. Also knowing what foods to avoid is equally important, so spend some time reading about the effects of things like sugar and saturated fats. Make notes to remind you of their ill effects and remind yourself when you want to reach for them the next time. Instead, consider incorporating some of these foods into your diet:
- Whole grain food is known for its abilities to reduce and control stress, try adding wholegrain cereal, bread and pasta to your diet.
- Almond and Brazil nuts. A handful of these to munch on in between meals will boost the levels of production of brain chemicals, ones which are connected to mood. These nuts also contain essential and healthy fats.
- Plain or dark chocolate has properties which have been observed to increase moods in consumers and the actual smell and look makes us happy. Can be enjoyed without feelings of guilt, as it will be burned off during your new exercise routine.
- Blueberries contain a mixture of antioxidants that are beneficial to good health as well as good mental health, and should be enjoyed along-side a mix of fresh vegetables and fruit which can be snacked on if hungry.
- Adding fish to your diet is an excellent way of getting essential fats and acids associated with the brain. Your brain requires a substantial part of your input of food to operate properly, so choosing food rich in these sources is a great idea.
Other foods can be enjoyed in moderation, but keep an eye on sugar and saturated fat contents, and choose a substitute without all the added bits to it. Remember, as you continue to exercise, your body will use up all of these energy sources. Doing the exercises allows you to treat yourself once in a while, a little thing that can be looked forward to.
When some of these ways of choosing to eat, along with a better quality food and a regular exercise routine and a positive attitude and mind set are put together, it can be enough to change your mood and along with reductions in the feelings of stress and anxiety to much more manageable levels. Giving your body the best platform to work off will help to create a much more stable base best for combating mood changes. Some positive thinking and making changes to negative thinking patterns can help you to achieve this in a slightly easier way, as understanding what is going on will often bring insights from those studying them. All these single elements combine to give you real changes you can make notes of, and help you as you effect change in your lifestyles for the better.