1. Give Gratitude
No matter how rotten things might feel in our life right now, there are always people, circumstances, and things in our life that we can choose to be grateful for: safety, our health, fresh air, clean water. Remember, whatever we put our attention on grows, and whatever we take our attention away from withers. We are in control of what we put our attention on.
Exercise increases feel-good brain chemicals that ease depression. It reduces immune system chemicals that can worsen depression and it increases body temperature, which may have calming effects. Regular exercise can help relieve low mood-from feelings of stress and anxiety to full depressive episodes. Music helps you to exercise more easily. Listen to your favourite tracks while exercising.
3. Spend Time in Nature
Nature has amazing healing properties and is free. It will help you to release stuck emotions and lift your emotional state.
The electromagnetic fields in nature are very high frequency. When we regularly spend time in nature, our own fields begin to resonate at this higher level. Walking barefoot on the grass or sand, laying down on the grass or on the sand, and sitting with our back against a tree trunk for 10-15 minutes a day can do wonders to detoxify us of the negative charge that being in an electromagnetic field (courtesy of wi-fi) builds up in our bodies. These grounding exercises not only reduce stress, but inflammation as well.
Living in densely populated areas, being surrounded by concrete, and being around people with low frequencies can easily bring us down.
When we focus our attention on a single object – whether it’s our breath, a mantra, or our favorite poem – we quiet the mind. This relaxation effect literally changes our biochemical fields, especially those of the brain and heart.
Studies have shown that meditation makes us happier, reduces anxiety, reduces depression, reduces stress, and allows us to distance ourselves from thoughts that bring our mood down.
The effects of prayer are similar to those of meditation. Handing our problems over to a Higher Power frees us of the weight of these difficulties and reminds us that we do not have control over everything that happens in life.
The Serenity Prayer
Dear (Lord, God, Universe, Higher Power, Divine Creator, or whatever feels right to you):
Grant me the serenityto ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE.
The courageto CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN.
And the wisdomTO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.
The Serenity Prayer offers us profound guidance and it’s that last line “And the Wisdom to know the difference” that is what we’ll address right now.
5. Eat a Clean Diet
Your emotional health and stress levels directly impacts your gut health and healthy gut balance. You can make your gut bacteria happy by:
6. Immerse Yourself (Or At Least Your Feet) in Water
Simple immersion in water – warm baths, gentle swimming or standing in water can destress and lift your emotional state. Immersion in salty water can have special benefits, probably in part because it increases conductivity in the water. Consider adding Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) to your bath water, you’ll also get all the relaxing benefits of magnesium, and detoxing support of the sulphate.
7. Get Sunlight
Sunlight exposure is very important for the management of our circadian rhythms, which in turn affects sleep. If you are sleep deficient you will feel more irritable and stressed, and you are more likely to develop chronic anxiety and depression. You need exposure to natural sunlight during the day to lighten your mood and enable you to sleep at night.
8. Listen to Your Favorite Music
We all know that music directly affects our emotional state. It can calm you down, lift your emotions, inspire you, it can wake you up in the morning, make you cry or make the hair stand up on the back of your neck in fear.
There is strong evidence that music has mental and physical health benefits on management of mood and stress reduction, and that it is the rhythmic stimulation of music, rather than the melody, that has the greatest antipain effect in the brain. Sound waves can change brainwaves, reduces depression, and reduces anxiety and depression in people dealing with cancer.
Noise pollution can change your gut bacteria and therefore lower your emotional state, so be sure to eradicate noise pollution where you can.
9. Spend Time Around Uplifting and Supportive People
An increasing number of studies are showing that you will be as happy as your friends are. In other words, your happiness depends on the happiness of those with whom you are connected.
Studies have shown that the quality of your social relations are a greater indicator of survival than physical activity, body mass index, hypertension, air pollution, alcohol consumption and even smoking 15 cigarettes per day! Begin to notice who uplifts you and who makes your emotional state drop. Try to balance this and increase your time with uplifting people. This may be the single, most important factor in managing your emotional state.
10. Watch Positive Media Messages
Norman Cousins was pivotal in raising awareness for mind-body medicine. He literally laughed himself better from a sudden severe case of arthritis watching hours of replays of Candid Camera.
Laughing and engaging with uplifting stories, books, films and, TV shows, and videos can have mood-altering effects. Minimize exposure to reading and watching the news. Be selective in what you watch because it affects your emotional health.