Monday, March 25, 2013

3 Ways to Make Yourself Feel Instantly Better

Ever have a time when you feel tired, run down, unenthusiastic or notice that your mood or energy is low?  Here are three simple low cost steps you can take to bring your mood up, and instantly feel better.

1.    Stand up, Breathe and Smile

Step away from your computer or whatever it is  you are doing. Stand up straight. Take a few deep breaths . Imagine that you are feeling vibrant, creative, receptive, positive and energetic. Breathe those feelings into your chest hold your arms out as if you are receiving them like a big gift and smile.

Allowing yourself to feel like you would like to feel-changing your posture, and smiling all instantly affect the brain and bring on positive happy moods. Frowning and forgetting to breathe deeply actually produces negative emotions. Smiling, stretching out your arms and allowing yourself to feel open and receptive produces happy feelings.

If you find it hard to smile- look at yourself in a mirror and see the changes in your face as your eyes light up. Even smiling when you are alone is a quick mood enhancer.

2.    Inhale the fragrance of essential oils

Apply 1-2 drops of an essential oil to the palms of your hands rub them together and then inhale this lovely fragrance.  The scent from these oils made from the leaves, roots, flowers and bark of plants sends a signal to our  endocrine & cardiovascular systems and the brain to let go of stress, rebalance and produce feelings of calm relaxation and vibrancy.  Lemon, lavender and rosemary oil work very well to change your mood and uplift your senses. Keep a small bottle in your desk and try this when you get bogged down.

3.    Drink a Cup of Green Tea

Green tea is a natural drink with less caffeine than coffee. It has a remarkable ability to help the liver by neutralizing toxins and the effects of environmental chemicals on the body. It restores the brain cells and enhances metabolism and the immune response. Taking a break with a cup brings powerful healing to the body while it gently restores the brain and enhances the immune response.  It’s active ingredient EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is 200 times stronger than vitamin C.

If you are not used to doing things like this it might feel awkard  to take a smile, scent, tea break in the  middle of a busy day especially if you are feeling low….. Give it a try- just a few minutes with these steps can make a difference for you!

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