Last updated October 31, 2017Who doesn’t suffer those ginormous demands in meeting work or business commitments, along with financial burdens, family obligations and the rest? I can’t help but think of those battery-operated bunny ads. We’d all like to know how to feel better. The #1 way I look to feel alive again is through doses of wildness. This article covers where to get those wholesome feel-better-natural doses for a ‘natural happy’.
Here are some facts about wanting to feel better:
How to feel better?
Here’s the kicker…
Wanting to boost your mood is natural, but it can cost a packet.
Americans as a whole spend over $11 Billion a year fighting stress.
It may well be money worth spending with job stress being a major cause.
Still, stress can affect other areas of our lives, including school, family, relationships, community, and sport.
In the quest to feel better, some people use avenues that can be detrimental, risky, or illegal even.
Good news! There are natural ways to boost your mood and relieve stress that limit these concerns.
How to feel rewarded?
An ultimate is a rewarding job, but admittedly this is rare.
Getting paid just doesn’t cut it as far as activating dopamine.
How about consciously including rewards? Just …not those that lead to addiction and abuse.
Natural ways to increase energy levels and motivation are best. But, even natural ways can be addictive. So don’t get hooked as this undermines our wildness (in being who we need to be for our wellness).
Indications are that dopamine production declines with age. Look, knowing how to feel more energetic as you age is important.
How to feel more energized? The natural way: sound sleep — not always that simple.
Dopamine helps with feeling energized. Its production can be stimulated through certain foods and supplements.
Though dopamine itself cannot cross the blood-brain barrier, several precursors can. One form is L-DOPA. Another is L-tyrosine. Various dopamine boosting supplements are available. See a selection here.
A downside is that it fosters social behaviors like clickiness.
Being on the ‘outer’ of any clicky circle makes me feel I don’t belong and of being ‘different’, which counters the effect of serotonin (read below).
Fostering arrogance (and bullying even) over those outside the ‘click’ is also not a good thing. So, oxytocin is complicated and has a dark side.
Still, knowledge has a great way of freeing us from fear and anxiety and just knowing this information helps us address our particular needs.
Tryptophan plays a key role in serotonin production. Our bodies can’t manufacture tryptophan and hence it is essential in our diets. It is found in bananas, pineapples, plums, turkey, and milk. Combining carbohydrates with these foods in meals enhances the uptake of tryptophan. Tryptophan is available in supplement form as well.
Vitamin D3 increases serotonin levels in our brain¹. Vitamin D3 is formed from the UVB rays on our skin¹ when we are outside in sunshine. It is also available in supplement form.
Women appear to be particularly affected by fluctuations in estrogen levels. Several lines of evidence indicate that estrogen affects serotonin function, especially seen in the loss of cognitive abilities and in depression in menopausal women².
Serotonin boosting supplements are available. See a selection here.
Stress depletes our reserves of these feel-good chemicals, as does over prescription of caffeine and alcohol.
Indications are that endorphin production declines with age. Joining gyms and fitness training programs are a way of boosting our natural endorphins.
For some people, extreme sports fits the bill.
Daily exercise can help you with gaining a resting and sound sleep at night.
In addition, stress Relief Supplements are available that may help. Here’s a selection.
As we age, our bodies lose the ability to absorb natural goodness as easily and hence many people choose supplements.
Other reasons to include supplements relate to your genes, location, or immediate situation. If concerned, talk to your doctor.
There are supplements that provide natural treatment for depression, anxiety, and stress, if mild. These are natural mood enhancers. Such natural supplements include essential oils and herbal and vitamin formulas.
These are other wholesome ways (I get to these below), but first knowing what’s involved in boosting your mood helps.
Our bodies naturally produce mood enhancers to combat stress.
How to lift your mood without breaking the bank. Spa retreats can cost anything from $100 for 60 mins to tens of thousands for a week.
Here are natural free ways to boost what I call the ‘happy chemical’ quartet: Dopamine-Oxytocin-Serotonin-Endorphin (D O S E).
Admittedly food costs $$, but the idea is to substitute the usual purchases with better choices without extra spending.
Combine and vary the items on the list for a regular stress-busting zero $$ package. Make sure to cover all four brain messengers, D O S E.
#1. Give and receive, e.g., hugs, for a dose of Oxytocin
Dopamine Oxytocin Serotonin Endorphin
#2. Eat certain items for a dose of Dopamine, Serotonin, or Endorphins
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#3 Relax and Reflect for a dose of Dopamine, Serotonin, and Endorphin
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#4. Get some Sunshine for a dose of Dopamine, Serotonin, and Endorphin
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#5. Find a Reward for a dose of Dopamine
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#6. Connect with the natural environment for a dose of Serotonin
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#7. Use Humor for a dose of Dopamine, Serotonin, and Endorphin
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#8. Exercise for a dose of Endorphins
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*Sunlight-induced vitamin D production lessens with age.
“Researchers found that patients who were able to walk around a natural environment using the technology experienced reduced levels of anxiety.”
Nature helps to boost your mood.
So it helps to get among the dunes at the beach, head to the mountains, the valleys, be near running water or tree communities, even the nearby park or garden.
These are all feel-better-natural ways of boosting our mood and well-being.
Stress is basically a disconnection from the Earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down. ~Natalie Goldberg
In Blinded by Science Matthew Silverstone talks about vibrations and natural energies that help us feel better.
People have been ruminating about vibrations and nature’s connection for some time:
“For all the people of the earth, the Creator has planted a Sacred Tree under which they may gather, and there find healing, power, wisdom and security.”
By the way…
Trees have been revered for eons because of their feel-better-natural power.
We need to be charged and energized for traversing what life has to offer.
The ultimate is to feel better naturally. Start using natural remedies to reduce stress and apply or practice these fixes daily. It will save you heartache and dollars in the long run.
If you need to, consider using natural supplements to boost your mood and counter stress.
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