It’s International Women’s Day, and in light of all the hard work and time us women put into keeping our lives running smoothly, we’d like to share a few easy ways to lift your spirits if things have been weighing you down lately. Take the day, week, or even the month to pamper yourself, because you deserve it!
Time and again, I turn to chocolate for a dose of happiness and stress relief. There truly is no shame in indulging now and then, especially if you’re consuming a small amount of dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa is ideal) which is chock-full of antioxidants that are great for you. Of course, eating too much could stress you out even more when the extra weight comes creeping in, so it’s important to keep disciplined in your cocoa consumption.
Once again, we arrive at the correlation between exercise and happiness by way of the chemicals our bodies produce when we perspire. Aside from the usual benefits of exercise like weight loss, greater endurance and strength as well as a lowered risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, these chemicals that are known as endorphins also boast great psychological benefits. The feel-good brain chemicals that get released when we exercise help with things like stress or depression and anxiety. Ultimately, exercise boosts your confidence in the long run, making you a happier person, period.
While it’s not something everyone might be on board with, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to try. There are a multitude of studies out there on the various benefits of meditation like keeping your brain in better shape; reducing “mind-wandering” that can lead to unhappiness; improving focus and reducing stress; as well as lowering blood pressure.
#4 A hot bath
There are few simple indulgences in life as calming and stress-relieving as a good ol’ soak in the tub. Some natural bath salts contain minerals and several nutrients like magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium which are good for your skin and can get rid of toxins. If you don’t have a tub at home, why not try out a staycation and pamper yourself with a little more than a simple long relaxing soak in the tub.
#5 Essential oils
There’s something particularly grounding about aromatherapy, even if it’s just smelling a relaxing mix of oils in the air. You can either keep a bottle of oil by your desk and use it directly on the skin, or dispense a few drops into an aromatic diffuser that uses water to diffuse the oils. Diffusers are really inexpensive if you look for one online, and work well as a sleeping aid (I use certain oils to help with breathing difficulties at night) or even as a natural mosquito repellant (common oils that make good mosquito repellants are citronella, clove, lemongrass, lemon eucalyptus, cedarwood, and tea tree). With the large number of dengue hot spots out there at the moment, I highly recommend getting a diffuser that will keep your home mosquito-free and smelling amazing.