Foods to Lift Your Mood!

Foods to Lift Your Mood!

Though physical fitness is vital to living a happy life, always remember to look after your mental health too. Our emotions can be overwhelming and consume us, so we must do all we can to be a holistically happy being.

Therapy, positive reinforcement and affirmations are only some techniques we can look into to have a happy mind. But, what we eat is as important. The nutrients packed in various food affect our moods more than you think.

Here is a list of what to eat when you’re feeling down in the dumps:

Stress

When you are feeling stressed, Vitamin C is your friend! Grab a pack of blueberries from the shops and snack. Their antioxidants will protect you from any effects from the stress you experience.

Heartbreak

This one the movies got right! Chocolate is a great at mending hearts. It contains relaxing magnesium, calming anandamide and mood-boosting phenylethylamine. For health reasons, dark chocolate is your best bet.

Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety and symptoms of anxiety, chamomile tea is the way to go. Before any event, an exam, presentation or even a first date, have a cup of chamomile tea to calm your nerves. The effects are so strong that is has shown positive results in people with diagnosed anxiety disorder.

Anger

If you ever feel angry and unable to do anything about it, reach for some nuts and seeds, particularly walnuts and flaxseeds, to help you retract the claws and fangs. These foods are rich in Omega-3 and zinc. Research shows that a deficiency in these nutrients can contribute to aggression. So, don’t go nuts…eat them!

Sadness

“Fish are friends, not food”…in this case they’re both! Oily fish are great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, protecting you from depression, negativity and mood swings. But, salmon and tuna are effective mood regulators with their abundance of vitamin B12.

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”