Life is not a bed of roses. Ups and downs are a part of life. Your boss might get angry. You might get ill and have to refrain from your favorite activities for a while. Deadlines at work are not letting you sleep in peace. All such events are bound to make your happiness levels reach an all-time low, and can put you in a depressive state of mind. Though stress and anxiety is a part of life, over-stress and feeling anxious at all times is definitely something that will put you in a bad state of mind and in a low mood. But it is not that you can’t give your mood a positive boost under such situations; try the following 5 alternative natural treatments that will elevate your happiness levels and put you in a better mood almost instantly:
#1: Eat Chocolate
Dark chocolate, to be precise, has been scientifically proven to make you happy. According to a study conducted, eating small amounts of dark chocolate daily can drastically reduce stress hormones, including cortisol, in stressed people. This is due to the good amount of antioxidants present in dark chocolate.
#2: Eat Fish or take Omega-3 Supplements
You must have heard about the various health benefits linked to the healthy Omega-3 fats, which are not produced in our bodies and that we have to supply from external sources. Omega-3 is present in optimum amounts in fatty fish, and eating fish once or twice a week is definitely linked to a reduction in depression. Apart from the host of health benefits that Omega-3 offers, it is also linked with altering the mood-related chemicals in the brain serotonin and dopamine.
Dopamine, as you already know, is the body’s way of rewarding itself while healthy levels of serotonin are linked to elevated happiness.
#3: Take CBD Oil
CBD, or Cannabidiol Oil, is an effective anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and anti-inflammatory product. People who ingest CBD Oil in recommended dosages have reported that relaxing and unwinding effects kick in about 20-30 minutes after ingestion. But no! These are not “high” feelings – instead, the nervous system calms down in response to the cannabinoid compounds present in CBD Oil, which are also produced naturally by the body’s own Endocannabinoid system.
Additionally, the compounds are known to affect serotonin levels in the brain. Low levels of serotonin are linked to depression, anxiety, and even suicidal tendencies, but the calming effect of CBD Oil relieves symptoms and makes the product an effective sleep-inducing agent — you wake up feeling refreshed and at the top of your energy level.
#4: Take Folic Acid (A part of Vitamin B-Complex)
No! I am not saying to start taking pills of Folic Acid. Instead, alter or modify your diet to include more of whole foods, fruits, and vegetables which contain this B Vitamin naturally and in good amounts.
It is well known that Folic Acid impacts mood-regulating neurotransmitters in the brain, and overall it is known that switching to a healthy whole food diet will bring with it lots of other health-related physical – as well as mental – benefits. Good health is a prerogative of a happy mind.
#5: Have a cup of good old green or black tea
Here’s another reason to have tea for all those tea-lovers out there. Having green or black tea at a peaceful and serene spot is a great way to unwind yourself from all the stress of everyday life.
The small amount of caffeine present in tea works along with the amino acid theanine to help generate positivity and focus, which helps you concentrate better.
So, my dear friends, the next time you feel depressed or whenever your mood is at an all time low, try out any one of these 5 alternative natural treatments that help put you in a better mood. In no time, you will be ready to tackle the difficulties with a renewed vigour and an improved mental vision and clarity.