Mood is something that is commonly and largely associated with our mental health. However, it has been shown that the health of the mind is very closely linked to our physical, mental, and even to our social health.
Physical means to improve mood:
One can improve their mood by simply involving themselves in some form of active physical activity like taking a stroll in a nearby park, either alone or with friends and family. When people are depressed or have anxiety, vigorous exercise would not usually appear as the brightest idea to overcome the emotions of feeling down, but studies have shown that it can actually improve anxiety or depression quite quickly. Studies have cited the link between increased endorphins (happiness-inducing hormone) and exercise as a potential treatment for depression.
Tips to improve mental health through social means:
With regards to improving one's mood through social means, the National Health Survey of UK has suggested a five step method to improve mental wellbeing for an individual. These include spending time with individuals around and developing meaningful relationships, trying out a new skill, like cooking or archery, or learning a new language, or simply joining an amateur music group, and engaging in social welfare work, such as helping out in old age homes, or donating to orphanages, to name a few.
Being mindful of one's existence and thinking about some of the happy moments of one's life by going through photo albums (and not the ones which might have bitter memories associated with them) is another technique for improving one's mood through self-help. Complimenting oneself can also be a positive factor in improving one’s mood.
Climatic change can boost your mood:
Another tip to help oneself feel better can be to change the “climate”. When living in a cold climate, it is considered better to head somewhere warm. Alternatively, if one lives in a hot climatic region, going to the beach in the evenings or night, once the temperature has cooled down, can work wonders for the mind. Plus, the visual experience of a vast moving blue expanse of water is suggested to have a calming effect on the mind.
Food, sleep, and music, as positive reinforcements to a happy mind:
Food is a big factor when it comes to mood swings. This is attributed to the increase or decrease of blood glucose levels due to the intake of certain types of food. Hence, it is advisable to have nutritious food to have a better mental wellbeing. Sleeping well is also a good method to improve one’s mood. Getting enough sleep could mean sleeping from anywhere between 7 to 9 hours for an average adult to wake up feeling relaxed and calm. Listening to soulful music or instrumental music (not the hard rock variety) can also be a major help in an attempt to boost your mood naturally.