Every day you are overwhelmed with things to do, people to see, and places to go.
In addition to that, we are emotional creatures and our moods change depending on many factors in our lives. @CosmicChristine (Click to Tweet!)
We are not able to just stay consistently feeling one feeling, which would be strange and not normal. With that said, when difficult moods and feelings come, people usually try to avoid them because they can be overwhelming and even paralyzing.
Difficult moods consist of feeling down, blah, sad, depressed, lonely, angry, hopeless and so on. In these times, it’s difficult to come up with creative ways to lift your mood because usually you literally don’t have the energy to do it. These tools are preventative tools for you to do daily whether you are in a funky mood or not. The key here is consistency. So when you do feel a case of the “blahs,” your nervous system and habits are already aligned with using these pick me up tools.
Here are three easy tools to begin using today to boost your mood:
1. Moving Meditation. Sitting down can be a great way to do a meditation, but I find it’s far more fun to move slowly and gently touch your body, as you take long deep inhales and exhales. Or move while meditating. Put on some good music and move to the beat.
2. Breath-work. An instant energy and mood booster is a breath technique called Breath of Fire. Breath of fire is a pranayama, or breathing technique, where you breathe rapidly, rhythmically and continuously through your nostrils with equal emphasis on your inhalations and exhalations. You do this while simultaneously focusing on the power at your navel center and your solar plexus, bringing your naval in and out as you breathe rapidly in and out your nostrils.
3. Essential Oil. Peppermint may help you feel more alert and think more clearly, says Rachel Herz, PhD, author of The Scent of Desire and Visiting Professor at Brown University. “In fact, one study found that people who performed tasks like typing and alphabetizing did them more accurately after sniffing peppermint oil.” Try inhaling a bit of a peppermint essential. I recommend young living oils or you can go to your local whole foods and get an organic brand.
Try these three simple mood boosters out daily and when that next slump comes along you will be well geared with your tools already in place.
What mood boosters do you use that help you feel better and healthier? Try these out and report back to me in the comments below. I love to here from you all.
Christine Gutierrez is a psychotherapist, advice columnist, speaker, author, poet, and founder of CosmicLife.com, an online hub that features psychologically-savvy and soulful advice, articles, videos, private consultations, workshops, retreats (both live and virtual), radio appearances, and television projects. “Ancient wisdom with a modern twist” is the motto. She has been featured in TimeOut NY Magazine, Latina Magazine as “The Future 15: The Healer,” Yahoo Health, Ebony Magazine, Cosmopolitan for Latinas, The Conversation, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Ricki Lake, Lifetime TV, and more. You can also follow Christine on Twitter and Facebook.
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