Today there is much talk about how we handle the current situation or of the state of mind that we have and it is due to the relationship between mind and body (what we think and feel), their close relationship has already been demonstrated and therefore, so much emphasis is placed on it.
Mood is an attitude towards life and can be both negative and positive (we can have a low or bad mood and a good or optimal mood).
It differs from emotions in that it is less intense and more prolonged in time, for example, one can feel joy when they give good news for a while, but this joy will gradually disappear Unless events that cause it constantly accumulate, on the contrary, one can be in a high mood all day or even weeks, for no apparent reason.
Psychologists like Robert Thayer consider that the" best state of mind "is one that keeps us calm but energetic, wanting to do things but from an inner calm and not nervousness or stress to give up or take advantage the weather (so heard right now). This author also defended tooth and nail the special connection between diet and physical exercise and the state of mind.
For years, universities interested in learning and discovering more about all this, carry out a large number of studies on the relationship between mood or stress and people's health, one of them, carried out by experts from the UCL (University of London) concluded that "the positive mood is related to the reduction of neuroendocrine, inflammatory and cardiovascular problems, and the strengthening of the immune system", all this is super important in our day by day, but in those complex periods, it is even more essential.
For all the aforementioned, we want to bring you some small guidelines verified by experts to help you feel better. We are going to explain some of them, it is not necessary that you do them all at the same time, but as we all know ... "the more sugar, the sweeter" since among them many are enhanced and their effects multiply.
It is very important to emphasize that in the situation we are in, it is totally normal to have days or times that are down or bad, feel uncertainty, fear or anxiety, we do not want you to reject those emotions, much less feel guilty for having them, it is necessary to understand that it is NORMAL and HUMAN to feel like this, our only objective is that you can add small changes in your day to day to make this situation more pleasant, improve your mood and therefore your health.
Quality rest, it is not a matter of sleeping more or less hours (many people are having insomnia in this period) but rather that the hours we sleep are restorative.
Physical exercise, taking into account the physical condition of each person, but it has been shown that some exercise every day helps improve mood and feel better about ourselves.
Taking deep breaths, in which we are aware of how the air enters and leaves our lungs, this will help us oxygenate ourselves more and keep us present in the now.
Have details with yourself, such as spending time a day to do something you like, praise the things you do well or pamper yourself preparing that recipe that you like so much. You can also have details with your loved ones, getting a smile on them is always contagious (sometimes it is easier to pamper others, but not for that reason you have to forget yourself). Telling you how much you are worth always raises your spirits immediately.
Take care of your personal image on a daily basis, it is not necessary to wear makeup or do a brush at home, enough to be comfortable with yourself, for example something basic like washing your face and changing your pajamas for comfortable or sports clothing.
Singing and / or dancing to an upbeat or funny song, this always helps immediately, try it (it works best if it's a song you love).
Spending quality time with loved ones, either in person or online, enjoying laughter, connection and relief always helps.
Hypoinformative diet or reducing exposure to bad news as much as possible (this includes just talking about the one topic with everyone), it is not necessary to hear the same information about the situation we have three times a day, with being attentive to the changes is enough.
Be grateful every day for everything you DO have, our brain releases the hormone oxytocin every time we are truly grateful for something, this hormone is responsible for feeling love and peace and also helps reduce anxiety and fear.
Finally we want to focus on the great role that nutrition has in our state of mind, we are increasingly aware of the close relationship that emotions have with food; And it is that we not only eat more or worse when we are bored, nervous or anxious, but our way of eating also works in the opposite direction.
This topic is very broad, therefore, we are going to focus on reminding you how important it is to maintain an optimal state of DHA for the proper functioning of our brain (we have talked about it extensively in other texts, check them out to learn more) and highlight the role of tryptophan.
Tryptophan is one of the 8 essential amino acids for our body even though we are unable to manufacture it, so it is necessary to obtain it through food. It is responsible for promoting the release of serotonin and melatonin, hormones involved in the regulation of sleep and pleasure, on the contrary, the lack of tryptophan can contribute to anxiety, insomnia and stress.
The foods richest in tryptophan according to a study carried out at the University of Warwick and Dartmouth College are the following: fruits (especially strawberries, pineapple and cherries), oats, eggs, milk and derivatives, chocolate black, spinach, oily fish and walnuts.
On many occasions, especially in complicated situations or circumstances for the person, it is advisable to give an extra contribution through a nutritional supplement, since this way we make sure to obtain the necessary and recommended dose for our organism in a quick and easy.