Simple ways to improve your mood and well-being

Move your body and calm your mind

Not necessarily by going to the gym. Yoga and Pilates are great for both your body and mind. The slower, controlled movements allow you to relax, focus on the mind-body connection and your breath. This type of movement decreases stress, anxiety, and muscle tension.

These workouts also focus on maintaining good posture, which is often impacted by stress, lack of exercise and office jobs. Studies have shown that there is a connection between posture and mood: Maintaining good posture makes it way easier to have positive, happy thoughts, as opposed to rounding your back, which can negatively impact energy levels and mood.

Don’t neglect your gut

Having a healthy gut microbiome influences the way the body responds to stress. With the gut being referred to as the second brain, a lot of emotions are influenced by it. So if a clear and a positive mindset is what you’re after, then don’t forget about your gut. A diet that is diverse, full of plants, fermented foods and foods rich in fibre is a good place to keep your gut happy.

Practice daily rituals

Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep. Smudging is used to enhance spirituality and intuition. Creating a ritual of smudging will help you establish a more relaxed state and a positive, calm environment. It is a ritual dedicated to self-care and self-improvement.

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