PART ONE OF A THREE PART SERIES
I came across an article today on “ Happiness Hack’s’ and I felt I would be remiss if I did not add mine –
Having suffered with depression and stagnation at various times in my life I not only appreciate the good times but I use the below to try and create a positive mood every day.
Depression, stagnation and negative moods are often a sign that we need to change things in our life. I believe that when we are operating out of fear, unexpressed feeling or emotions-
we can easily slip into darkness. Be brave, be bold and jump into change if needed. Here are some of my favorite tips
1. Sing & listen to music- I try and blast the music a few times a day and sing or chant. I listen to music almost all day and different types depending on what I am doing, working on or the mood I want to create.
Music really lifts your mood and that's one of the things Jonathan Burdette, M.D., has found in researching music's effects on the brain.
"Music is primal. ... The researchers also found that listening to favorite songs altered the connectivity between auditory brain areas & a region responsible for memory and social emotion
Consolidation. I am loving the POWER MUSIC APP for variety and of course Napster and I tunes Music for Customizing my playlists.
See more benefits here : http://www.emedexpert.com/tips/music.shtml
2. Smile _ always a good reminder - Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. ... The feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well
3. Supplement _ Well I could write a whole new book on this as I take probably 25 vitamins and supplements a day . and they do make me feel better !
4. Move your body - Regular aerobic exercise can reduce anxiety by making your brain’s “fight or flight” system less reactive. When anxious people are exposed to physiological changes they fear, such as a rapid heartbeat, through regular aerobic exercise, they can develop a tolerance for such symptoms.
Regular exercise such as cycling or gym-based aerobic, resistance, flexibility, and balance exercises can also reduce depressive symptoms. Exercise can be as effective as medication and psychotherapies. Regular exercise may boost mood by increasing a brain protein called BDNF that helps nerve fibers grow. HARVARD MEDICA REVIEW
Please return in a few days for Part Two –Beth’s Happiness Hacks
A good supplement to this list ..