9 Easy Ways for Staying Calm and Happy during Pandemic

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They say we are all in this together – But if current social restrictions, financial concerns, and isolation have left you feeling stressed and depressed, It sure can feel like you’re all alone.

There’s not much you can do about the state of the world but you can take steps to protect your mood.

Here are some of the ways to feel better and staying calm, right now!

Step Away from that double espresso

Caffeine increases feelings of stress and anxiety. Make your morning latte with green tea instead. It’s rich in LTheanine, a compound that interacts with neurotransmitters in the brain and helps relieve anxiety.

Researches shows that L-Theanine can improve mood in people with major depressive disorder and reduce anxiety better than prescription medications.
Staying calm

Get Off the Couch

Exercise is critical for reducing the stress, Improving mood and promoting healthy sleep.
Moving your body works in part by lowering stress hormones and temporarily boosting endorphins, brain chemicals that promote better mood.
If possible, exercise outside, and with a friends – Hikes and long walks are ideal.

Don't Hold Your Breath

Stress and Anxiety decreases respiration – Not good for mood and mental health, Deep steady breathing helps lower cortisol levels and can reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga and Meditation can help, and both are linked with Improvements in anxiety and depression , and an overall sense of well being.

Go Back To School

This is the perfect time to cultivate a new skill. Studies show that novel activities promote chemical changes in the brain, increasing levels of dopamine – a brain chemical that’s linked with pleasure and enjoyment.
Learning a skill or activity can also create new neural pathways, Improve mood, and lessen depression.
Try an online class – language, painting, cooking, Music, or whatever inspires your creative passion.

Clean Up your Plate

What you eat directly influences neurotransmitters and Inflammation, and can Impact stress, anxiety and depression.
Go easy on carbs, saturated fat, and focus on whole foods high in brain-healthy nutrients such as tryptophan, Vitamin B12, Folate, Omega 3’s, calcium , Lycopene, and anthocyanins.
Excellent choices for supporting mood include walnuts, Soyabeans, white beans, Yogurt, Eggs, Turkey, Salmon, Avocado, Broccoli, Spinach, Berries, etc,.
healthy diet

Stabilize Your Sleep

Insufficient or poor-quality sleep is directly linked with depression and anxiety. Rest easy with a consistent before-bed routine, and avoid computers, and other electronics atleast a hour before bed (Screen emits blue light that disturbs melatonin production and regular sleep).

Try to go to sleep and wake up around the same time every day, and don’t oversleep.
If you struggle with sleep, supplements such as melatonin, valerian, lemon balm, and lavender essential oil have proven benefits.
Staying Calm by sleeping

Go Outside and Hug a Tree

Being outside with flowers and trees reduces stress and Improves mood. A regular dose of sunshine enhances Vitamin D production, which can relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Vitamin D influences neurotransmitters related to brain function and mood.

Hug a tree

Make your Belly Better

Gut and mood are intimately linked through the gut-brain axis, and gut microbiota communicate with the central nervous system (CNS) through a variety of pathways.
Beneficial microorganisms in the gut produce serotonin and other neuroactive substances. Add fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, tempeh, and kimchi to your diet, or take a high quality probiotc.
Gut health

Eat Chocolate

Dark Chocolates are rich in anandamide, and PEA (phenyl-ethylamine), compounds that reduce stress and encourage a sense of calm and happiness . They are also high in magnesium , critical in the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol, Low levels of which are linked with feelings of anxiety.

Uday Kumar

Uday Kumar

Fitness Enthusiast, Nutrition Expert and a Freelancer who would love to share his knowledge and help millions!

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