4 Surprising Ways To Lift Your Mood

Being in a better mood improves our physical health, leads us to make better lifestyle decisions, and helps us strengthen relationships. When we feel better mentally, we feel better physically and emotionally, too.

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We’ve all seen the countless help online to lift our moods via exercise, diet, meditation, music etc… but many people don't know that by adjusting what we see around us, we can improve our outlook and gain a better sense of personal wellbeing. You see, when it comes to colours; surrounding yourself with objects of a certain hue can increase happiness, sharpen focus, or even influence appetite! Ever wondered why takeaway marketers use red in the advertisements? It creates a sense of urgency and can increase appetite making you more likely to eat the unhealthy food.

But colours can be used to influence us in a good way around our homes and lives too. For example, splashes of yellow tend to make people think of summer, sunshine and flowers and yellow is connected to increased mood and mental activity. Similarly, splashes of orange lift the mood and low energy levels and have been shown to have an influence on your focus and concentration too. Blues and greens can be soothing and calming and when we combine these shades with subtle and popular blacks, creams and whites you can create the right surroundings and moods for your home in a fashionable way that also help to keep you motivated and happier.

Woohoo… an excuse to re-decorate! Take a look around our mood lifting homeware collection to add a touch of mood to your home; from cushion covers, posters, stickers and more... there's something for all tastes!

Wear Bright Clothes:

Similarly, bright colours in our clothes (even in small icons) trigger neurological responses in the brain and cause the hypothalamus gland to release hormones associated with happiness. Visually seeing bright colours such as pink, orange and yellow help with the release of dopamine, making us feel happier. Plus, wearing clothes with blue causes the release of oxytocin making us feel more calm, ideal if you suffer from stress. There’s never been a better time to buy a new wardrobe and get yourself some mood lifting apparel!! 🛒😂

Take a look at our range of fashion clothing accessories to see the colours, styles, words and quotes that help to inspire, motivate you and lift your mood.

Listen To Music:

If you’ve ever listened to a couple of great songs and felt like your whole day turned around for the better, you’re probably right! We’ve all experienced an emotional connection with music. A good song can make us feel happy or sad, in love or angry. In recent years, scientific studies have confirmed the connection between music and mood.

Some studies have found that listening to music you enjoy may increase the release of pleasure-causing substances in the brain like norepinephrine and melatonin. It may also decrease stress-causing hormone production in the body. Time to spotify!!

Smell More:

Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity. Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning. This is one of the reasons why so often something that we smell will trigger a memory or remind us of something or someone.

Did you know that you can instantly boost your mood by smelling an orange? Try slicing an orange and basking it its refreshing scent to see for yourself.

Lemon. This scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you're feeling angry, anxious or run down. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body's immune system and improving circulation.

Jasmine. Jasmine is used to calm nerves, but this oil is also commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalised energy.

Peppermint. Try peppermint when brainstorming. An energy booster, this scent invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking.

Remember though, as well as the above tips, it’s vital to get enough sleep, eat well and move and be active to maintain strong mental wellbeing too.

Take Care,

Love Moodit x

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