Making just a few small simple changes to your daily lifestyle can help you boost your mood and metabolism.
When we are constantly feeling out of sorts with rising levels of stress, it can wreak havoc on both our minds and bodies. Increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol can cause all sorts of health problems. The quality of our sleep each night deteriorates. And we are more prone to headaches with increased levels of anxiety and depression. Our digestion decreases our metabolism and we crave unhealthy comfort foods. This can result in unwanted weight gain and constantly feeling like crap…
But don’t fret there are ways that you can boost your mood and metabolism naturally to help combat all these problems and start reliving a healthier life.
What is Your Metabolism?
Metabolism is collective name for all the chemical processes within your body that turn the food that you eat into energy. They are responsible for keeping you alive and all your organs functionally properly. The minimum amount of energy that your body needs to survive on a daily basis is called your basal metabolic rate (BMR). IF you are interested to know what your BMR is just enter your details into the calculator below…
Five Ways To Boost Your Mood & Metabolism Naturally…
1. Put On Your Favourite Tunes
Studies have also shown that just listening to your favourite music can slightly increase your metabolic rate. So having some music playing can also help us burn a few extra calories each day. There are many amazing health benefits of music. It is a great way to uplift our mood and motivate us when we are strength training or during a cardio workout. While soothing music can relax you, slow down your breathing and heart rate to help you sleep better.
2. Improve Your Mood & Metabolism with Regular Exercise
Being active on a regular daily basis is a great way boost your mood and metabolism. Any form of cardio exercise can give your body a quick metabolism boost along with a shot of dopamine the feel good hormone. So whether you like walking, jogging or dancing get up and get moving today. If you can get outside and get some vitamin D even better but if not there are lots of different workouts that you can do at home.
While strength training doesn’t burn as many calories as cardio while you are doing the exercise, it does boost your metabolism significantly over the long term. It releases a rush of endorphins into your body making you feel good. Plus there is no better feeling than the one that you get when you really push your body to perform that final set of reps. Plus when you are strength training on a regular basis you normally eat high protein foods such as fish, chicken, beans and nuts. These are all mind boosting foods that can help combat anxiety and depression.
3. Get Enough Quality Sleep
There is increasing evidence that lack of quality sleep affects both our moods and our metabolism. Too little sleep results in a spike of the cortisol hormone. This tells your body to slow things like your metabolic rate down to conserve fuel. So not getting a good night’s sleep can not only make you cranky and more prone to stress, but also gain weight.
Ways to get a Good Night’s Sleep:
- Exercise during early part of the day
- Reduce caffeine intake in the afternoon and try to avoid completely in evening
- Turn off laptops, T.V’s , phones and any other bright screens half hour before trying to go to sleep
- Listen to soothing music at bedtime
- Try some of the relaxation techniques techniques such as breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi, meditation, stretching or foam roller exercises before going to bed.
4. Choose Mood & Metabolism Boosting Foods
When you’re feeling down or stressed out it can be tempting to reach for some high calorie junk food. While the odd sweet sugary snack may well make you feel better in the short term, indulging in them too often have many negative consequences.
There are some healthy foods that can improve your mood and help you deal with stress and anxiety. Also a lot of these healthy mood boosting foods can also give your metabolism a jolt.
- Fatty Fish for Omega 3’s
- Dark Chocolate
- Fruit such as bananas, watermelon and berries
- Nuts and Seeds
- Coffee in moderation
- Black and Green tea
- Beans and lentils
- Fermented Foods – including foods like kimchi, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut, may improve gut health and mood.
- H20 – letting yourself get dehydrated can make you feel sluggish and lethargic so be sure to drink enough water.
Skipped meals can result in low blood sugar which makes you hungry, tired and cranky. – Yes being hangry is a real thing! Keep your blood sugar and moods stable by eating healthier small meals throughout the day.
5. Have a Good Giggle
Laughter is a natural medicine that is always good for your mind and body. It can help relieve stress, soothe tension and boost your immune system. Plus having a good giggle can actually boost your metabolism and burn off a few extra calories.
Maciej Buchowski, Ph.D. from the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre conducted a study and found that 10-15 minutes of laughing can increase the amount of energy used by between 10-40 calories a day.
“People can’t eat at McDonald’s and then expect to laugh away their lunch,” Buchowski said. “You’d have to laugh for 15 minutes to burn off two Hershey’s Kisses and it would take an hour of chortles to burn one chocolate bar”. But, he said, the important thing is that “every calorie counts ”
So if you’ve been feeling a bit blur and out of sorts lately, why not try one of these five ways to brighten your mood and boost your metabolism at the same time…