8 Physical Habits to Lift Your Mood

· January 19, 2017
To increase our psychological well-being, there are a few habits we should practice. They help us avoid major problems and they cost almost nothing.

Making small changes can have big effects. This is especially true with your physical routines. Small changes there can help your emotional well being immensely.

Think about it like this: Good and bad news affect your mood, right? In the same way, any physical or environmental change can transform your emotions.

There are ways to change your emotional well-being for the better. Psychological studies say there is a series of habits that do just that.

1. An energetic posture

The composition of your hormones changes depending on your posture. These not only flow through your blood, but also influence your mood. Different hormones have different effects on your mind.

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  • For instance, cortisol is in charge of regulating your stress levels. When this hormone is active, you feel more stressed.
  • On the other hand, testosterone is considered the confidence hormone. When you have more of it coursing through your veins, you feel more confident.

According to studies completed by Amy Cuddy, certain postures have different effects. For instance, when you take a posture of power, you raise your levels of testosterone and reduce the amount of cortisol in your blood.

This allows you to have enough confidence in yourself to achieve what you set out to do.

2. Physical contact

Did you know that oxytocin is called the love hormone? Well, this hormone also affects your emotional state. When you have higher levels of oxytocin, you will feel  more relaxed and calm.


  • This hormone makes us less sensitive to negative emotions and draining elements in our environment.
  • Oxytocin is released much more quickly when you have physical contact with someone else. This can come through hugs, handshakes, pats on the back, and orgasms.
  • On a smaller scale, touching smooth, warm objects also helps to release this hormone.

3. Smile

Your facial muscles have a very important effect on your emotions. This is especially true since they can determine what hormones your body releases. If you take up habits, like constantly smiling, you will notice a positive change in your mood.

  • When you smile, your brain starts to see things from a positive perspective. This allows you to face life with a better attitude.
  • When you frown, the same thing happens, but with a negative reaction. This includes not being able to see the fun in something that’s really interesting.

4. Keep moving

Do you ever think about exercising? When you do, do you convince yourself that you don’t have enough time? We often say we don’t have time to go to the gym, take a walk around the neighborhood, or even work out at home.

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The best way to start is to get rid of the idea that working out is boring. There’s a large variety of options you can try. Among all the options, you should find one that you enjoy.

  • The best thing to do to help you work out is to get rid of anything that might become an excuse. This way you can get your brain ready to move.
  • If your work has a casual dress code, try wearing tennis shoes to encourage you to work out.

5. Take care of your skin

Your skin reflects both what is happening inside and outside you. There are many skin problems that are caused by stress. They can be acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

  • You should have a daily cleansing and moisturizing program. This not only makes you look better, but feel better too.
  • Through your skin care, you’ll feel better. This is because you know that you are doing something for your well-being. That can give you a better mood.

6. Sing

Who said that to sing you need to be good at it? All you really need is the desire. Granted, if you are ashamed of singing in front of others, you don’t have to. Sing in the shower. Or, just sing when you want to.

  • Singing will increase your mood. It releases seratonin and tyiptophan. Both of these are hormones that affect your mood.
  • Also, singing has been shown to have many good effects. Among these are a better self-esteem, better memory, and more relief for some pains.

7. Eat better

Surely you have heard the phrase “you are what you eat.”

It’s well known that people who eat better suffer fewer disorders. This includes both mental and emotional disorders like:

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Because of this, it is a good idea to pay attention to what you eat. This doesn’t mean that you have to have a boring diet.

Today, there is a great variety of delicious, healthy foods you can try.

8. Take care of your appearance.

If you let your appearance go, your mood will probably go with it. It’s important to take into account how you see yourself and what you project.

  • Take a little bit of time to take care of your appearance. This is one of the physical habits that will help you to stay in good spirits.
  • Remember that your appearance is how you present yourself to the world. Because of this, it’s important to reflect on who you are. When you face challenges with a smile and a positive attitude, everything will go well.

You have it in you to face things in a better way. Use these physical habits to help your brain. By doing so, you can fight negative thoughts better.

Leave your bad mood behind. Focus on your body and changing your mood.