Posted by Nicole on February 17, 2014
Cut Back on Alcohol
may have heard before that alcohol is a natural depressant. That's
true. It's also got lingering side effects which we all know and love
as the “hangover.” When a hangover occurs, your body is
overwhelmed with a substance called acetaldehyde, which is
responsible for the issues that we wrestle with after a night of
moderating the amount that you drink (Doctors recommend “2 units,”
or 2 beers or shots of liquor, a day) can have a very positive impact
on both your mood and your wallet.
free way to boost your mood is to exercise. By exercising, you help
to facilitate the transport of oxygen to the brain, which has a
direct impact on your ability to focus. Grogginess and sluggishness
can easily lead to feelings of depression, or even anger. On a
chemical level, exercise also releases dopamine, which is a
pleasurable molecule for the brain. A simple five to ten minutes of
activity per hour can do wonders for your mood.
one may seem simple, but there are millions of people who forgo their
daily dose of water in favor of sugary soft drinks, some of which are
loaded with agitating caffeine. Too much caffeine in your system can
lead to stress and irritation. Likewise, spiking your blood sugar
levels with a sugary soda can lead to nervousness and also effect
your ability to concentrate. The best way to stay happy is to stay
water can help to eliminate fatigue, and can even reduce signs of
hunger, which are, in reality, dehydration. Take two-thirds of your body
weight, then convert that number to ounces, and you'll have your
daily recommended amount. Increase that amount accordingly if you
exercise or drink alcohol.
has a huge impact on how you feel, how you do your job, and how you
interact with others. If you aren't getting enough sleep, it can make
you irritable, cause you to lose your focus, and eventually lead to
depression if left unchecked. Scheduling a good night's sleep doesn't
always have to mean a solid eight hours, either; some people manage
to sleep in sections of 3 hours or so.
you don't have enough time for that, and are still low on your sleep,
try to fit in 30 minute naps wherever you can. You'll be more alert,
and you'll be in a much better mood when you wake up.