How to wake up in a good mood

  • October 13, 2021

Come rain, hail or shine – put a smile on your dial with these morning mood boosters.

Trying to achieve and maintain 100% happiness all day everyday may not be a realistic goal (it’s important to feel all the feels) but there are small changes you can make to your daily routine to encourage happier starts and brighter mornings.

  • Snooze your way to smiles

    Guess what? Waking up feeling great has a lot to do with making sure you fall asleep feeling great. Not only can a decent nights’ sleep help you mentally and physically – getting close to eight hours of rest will also help increase your concentration, productivity and memory. But that’s not all! Sleep is wonderful for your skin and can help boost your immune system and even increase your exercise performance.

  • Mind your mindfulness

    OK you don’t have to be into meditating to get into mindfulness, so don’t worry – no cross-legged sitting and chanting required for this one. Each morning upon waking, try to spend the first five minutes of your day in bed going through everything you’re grateful for. This may be friends, family, a partner, a beloved fur baby or any number of things or people in your life. By being present in the moment and focusing on the things we’re grateful for, this shifts our mindset into a positive space and starts the morning on an uplifting note. Try to avoid looking at your phone before or during this daily practice.

  • Eat yourself calm and happy

    Every one of us will get stressed from time to time. But when it’s chronic and never-ending, this can often lead to low moods and low energy. By taking control of what you eat and drink, you can help your mind, body and spirit better deal with all that life throws your way (and possibly achieve improved health while you’re at it). To start, try foods that include a lot of antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, as they can protect the body from the damaging effects of long-term stress. Try the fruits and veggies that are bright in colours, because these will have the highest antioxidant levels. While you’re at it, consider upping your B group vitamins, which support the nervous system and stimulate the production of feel-good hormones like our serotonin (our favourite). Our Vitamin B levels can often be low when we’re stressed. Top them up by adding whole grains, mushrooms, oily fish, nuts, veggies and beans to your diet.

  • Lower your caffeine or alcohol levels

    It can be hard to imagine a life with less caffeine or alcohol at times (let’s face it, one keeps us awake and the other is associated with relaxation), but there are pitfalls to overindulging in both. As caffeine is a stimulant, it produces a lot of the same effects on the body as stress hormones. Try sticking to one or two cups of coffee per day. This will also help you sleep better at night. When it comes to alcohol, keep in mind that alcohol is a depressant and can also interrupt sleep if you have too much. Balance is the key.

  • Send your digestive system a little love

    70% of our immune cells are located in our digestive tract, so to boost and support your digestive system, try eating plenty of fibre-rich foods like fruits and veggies, as well as drinking lots of water. While you’re at it, consider adding probiotic rich foods or drinks to your routine, which can boost the levels of healthy bacteria in your digestive system. Our gut is already filled with bacteria, good and bad, so when you consume foods or drinks containing probiotics, you’re adding extra good bacteria to help reach the goal of good digestion.

  • Go au naturelle

    No, we don’t mean running around in the nudie (see what we did there) but rather it’s about making sure you’re waking each morning to the soothing and natural light outside instead of a loud and abrupt alarm. By rising well, you have a better chance of starting the day off right and feeling dealing with daily stressors the best way possible.

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