Self-isolation can be tough on the human psyche, especially when there is so much about the current situation that is still up in the air. If you are in desperate need of a little mood-booster, we’ve compiled a few things you can do from the comfort of your home to start seeing positive returns and explain why they’ll help.
Here are four key areas that will help improve your mood during the quarantine:
Keep up an exercise regimen
Unless you live and breathe fitness, you might’ve been shocked to find yourself succumbing to the tempting lull of inactivity during these times. Maybe you simply like a good gym sesh and are a bit lukewarm on the home workout, or maybe you’re just struggling to find the motivation these days. Whatever the case, we understand how tough it can be. But we also understand just how important it is to persevere.
Exercise releases “feel-good” endorphins and has been credited as a great tool to help you take your mind off of your worries. A good workout can significantly improve your mood and decrease feelings of anxiety and stress.
Introduce supplements into your daily routine
One of the most important things we can do right now is to keep our minds and bodies healthy. We’ve really had to deviate from routine this past couple of weeks, and with uncertainty looming in the future and less opportunity to get our vitamins naturally, it’s ever-important to supplement where you can.
Of the vitamins you should be looking at, studies have shown that magnesium may help boost dopamine, fish oil supplements have antidepressant effects, and Vitamin D plays a role in regulating neurotransmitters.
In addition to the above, our LIVLI daily multivitamins are packed with B-Vitamins to help you stay sharp and healthy during these times; similarly, in addition to its metabolism-enhancing qualities, MunchAssist can significantly assist with improving your mood.
Change up your diet
It might seem counter-intuitive for your diet to take a nosedive the very moment you have more time on your hands to cook a healthy homemade meal. While bettering ourselves is the idea many of us went into isolation with, the reality isn’t always so picture-perfect. Instead, many of us have found ourselves slipping back into our bad habits, because, as you know, old habits die hard.
Even so, in times like these, it’s even more urgent to practice resolution. Since we can no longer look to others for a quick pick-me-up, it’s little lifestyle changes that’ll keep us going. Some healthy foods that’ll help boost your mood are fatty fish, fermented foods, bananas, beans and lentils, dark chocolate, and more.
Practice meditation and mindfulness
If you’ve never meditated before, or have never done it for long enough to see any significant return, it’s easy to conclude that it’s a bunch of hippy-dippy nonsense. After all, how are you possibly supposed to reach any state of mindfulness when the idea of sounds so… boring?
But miraculously, mindfulness, or paying attention to the present moment, might be all you need. Studies show that practicing mindfulness can help develop emotionally positive experiences and lower feelings of depression and anxiety.
If you’re a beginner, start small. Five to 10 minutes a day is all you need to invest to start seeing positive returns.
Humans are naturally very social creatures, so social-distancing can weigh pretty heavily on us. Because of this, it’s important to do what we can to keep our sanities and our moods sky high. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, we hope that these solutions, including our daily multivitamins and MunchAssist, can help you out.