These last two weeks have been rough! I can try to blame it on the last 5 months of partial self-isolation. Yet between you and me, I’ve had to own up to allowing my mind to travel to places that are emotionally 😑 unhealthy. I’ve had multiple self-conversations similar to: “Deb, you are worth the dream. OR “Deb, get yourself out of that funk – what good are you to anyone this way?
✋🏼What about you? How has your mood been the last few weeks?
👉🏻Your emotional wellness is key to your family’s well-being. Now more than ever, during these roller-coaster times.
I’ll share a few mood 😎boosters that have worked well for me.
Create a morning routine of positivity. I make sure to take time to read God’s Word. Try opening your eyes and 😀smiling. Meditate and give thanks for the positive things in your life.
Practice Deep Breathing: Each day I sneak in a few minutes of deep breathing (sometimes called diaphragmatic breathing.) It’s a practice that enables more air to flow into my body. It helps calm my nerves, reducing stress and anxiety.
Cut out caffeine. Caffeine can perpetuate ups and downs in my mood. My fave alternative (1 oz of Ningxia Red.) provides me with prolonged energy without the ups and downs that caffeine can cause.
Increase my intake of mood-boosting foods. My day starts with a handful of almonds plus an omega-3 supplement. Try adding foods rich in omega 3’s such as oily fish, walnuts, flax and chia seeds, plus leafy greens to your diet.
Monitor my social media intake. I remind myself “Don’t get caught up in someone else’s drama.” (I have the choice to friend or unfriend anyone – I’ve used that choice.) You know which posts encourage or irritate you. Choose your social media intake based on your natural tendencies.
Get Moving. I know that moderate exercise spikes my happy hormones (endorphins). When its too warm to walk outside, I participate in some Free Online exercise videos.
Laugh more! Search Youtube for something that tickles your funny bone. Here’s one that gives me a belly laugh.
Enjoy the Sunlight! In moderation sun provides much needed vitamin D. Vitamin D is critical to boost your mood. Can’t get outside? Open your blinds and windows.
Benefit from Aromatherapy. Reserch documents the positive effects of essential oil therapy on our emotional well-being. In the study on the Effects of Aromatherapy on the Anxiety, Vital Signs, and Sleep Quality of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Patients in Intensive Care Units a summary of the conclusion states: “… aromatherapy reduced anxiety, increased sleep, and stabilized the BP (blood pressure) of patients undergoing cardiac stent insertion. Among alternative therapies that have recently been introduced, aromatherapy is easy to apply, fast-acting and can be used in independent nursing interventions”
Now that we know therapeutic grade oils can be of benefit to our moods, let’s have fun getting to know some mood-boosting essential oils.
When I’m in a funk, diffusing Valor picks up my mood in 10 – 15 minutes
Joy! is an energetic blend that brightens my over-all mindset. It elicits a feeling of love to others and yourself.
🌼 What does your mood-boosting routine look like? Let me know in the comments or Email me 🥰 to you – Deb
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