1. Get outdoors as much as you can!
Kick off your shoes, get your feet in the grass and feel the sun on your face. Connecting with nature is one of the fastest, most powerful ways to lower stress and increase energy.
2. Straighten up.
Standing or sitting upright is directly linked with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, increased feelings of enthusiasm and excitement, and even a stronger pulse. It also allows for complete deep breathing and increased oxygen and waste removal from the body. It’s an instant mind-body beauty boost! Also remember: stand up from your desk every 30 minutes for maximum efficiency at work.
3. Eat fermented foods daily.
This helps support a healthy gut, radiant skin, a healthy weight, resilience and even fewer allergies. You can find premade sauerkrauts at the grocery store or ferment your own.
4. Keep roses in your home.
Inhaling rose essential oil can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and it can also relax the body’s parasympathetic nervous system. Add some rose essential oil to your diffuser or grab a bouquet at your local store for a happiness boost with a calming effect.
5. Water, the miracle booster.
I was a little shocked to hear from my therapist that hydrating is the number one way to boost my mood, mental focus, clarity and help with anxiety. She asked me to track my moods according to my hydration levels, and 24 hours after I committed to drinking almost two gallons a day, my energy level, mental focus and melancholy tendencies were significantly improved. I cannot stress enough how water is linked to not
only your mood and energy, but also gorgeous, radiant skin and every aspect of nourishing a healthy body.
6. Add new colors into your home and diet.
Shop, cook and truly eat the rainbow of fruits and veggies, adding a wide range of nutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants to your diet. Add colorful flowers, bright pillows or accents to create a calm and stress- free kitchen and office where you can slow down and feast your eyes, mind and body at mealtime.
7. Gratitude makes you glow.
When you consciously express gratitude for the big and small things in your life, you increase your happiness and your good mood neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Have you ever seen someone that just radiates joy? The fastest way to shine, and boost your mood, is to stop at the first feelings of anxiety and name 10 quick things you are grateful for. Every time you catch yourself complaining, you have to stop and name five things that you love about your life. Instead of putting a quarter in the swear jar, we have a rule in our house: anyone complaining or griping has to stop, drop and name at least five things that they’re thankful for. It shifts the energy and your mood instantly.
8. Our favorite, most energy-boosting foods!
Spirulina, chlorella, chia and hemp seeds can all be thrown in your morning smoothie for a big boost. It helps balance your blood sugar, has super concentrated nutrients and gives you long-lasting energy. We also throw in avocados, organic berries, raw nuts and coconut oil. Energy-enhancing superfoods like cacao, maca or green tea can rev up the phytochemical power to energize you without the afternoon caffeine crash.