Here is a list of 5 go to tips when you’re having a bad day or suffering from low mood, and why they work.
- Drink a glass of water
- Go outside and look at a tree
- Think of something or someone you are thankful for
- Check your happy list
- Breathe more deeply
Drink a glass of water
It really is that simple. Up to almost 60% of the human body is made up of water, and according to H.H. Mitchell, (Journal of Biological Chemistry 158) the brain and heart are composed of almost 73% water.
What water is doing for you in your body:-
- Required for the manufacture of hormones & neurotransmitters
- Regulates body temperature (sweating & respiration)
- Forms Saliva
- Keeps mucosal membraines moist
- Allows your cells to grow and reproduce
- Flushes waste products out of the body
- Keeps joints lubricated
- It is the main component of most body parts
- Helps deliver oxygen throughout the body
- Acts as a shock absorber for your brain and spinal cord
- Helps convert food to components needed in the body to survive.
As the water composition is high in our brains, and it is needed to manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters. Its easy to see the correlation between water and mood. Its worth seriously considering the daily requirements of our bodies (in general 3 litres for an adult male & 2.2 litres for an adult female).
There is also further evidence as to why a glass of water will effect mood. In Dean Burnett’s fascinating book The Happy Brain, (can be purchased through amazon here) he explains how we are able to do lots of things without thinking, its called habituation. We stop noticing things we do all the time because they are not biological relevant. It means we stop responding to things that have no biological consequence. Pain for example is something the brain must respond to as it means damage has occurred, this is biologically relevant, and so can’t be ignored.Continue reading “5 Instant Happiness Tips For a Bad Day”