And none of them involve telling you to just smile, grin and bear it, or hang in there.
Endorphins, dopamine and serotonin are responsible for making you feel extremely high, happy and content. Pure ecstasy. Running low on these chemicals can have a major impact on your mental health. So here are ten natural ways to kick those low days in the crotch and help you keep your brain happy.
Work It Out
This is one of the most effective and a quick solution to get your chemicals running on a full tank is happiness. Join the gym, sign up for some classes or simply get outside for a walk. Whatever you do, we promise you will feel fantastic afterwards.
Have A Glass Of Wine
We are definitely not saying you should get back from work today and sink 3 bottles of wine. It’s all about moderation. But it has been proven through research that a glass of wine will release endorphins and make you feel good.
Get Some Sunshine
We all need sunshine. Often, when we haven’t had enough our vitamin D levels decrease and we can be left feeling exhausted, demotivated and extremely low. So grab your sunglasses and head to the beach for a day of sunbathing.
Eat Some Chocolate
Yes, that’s right We said CHOCOLATE! Chocolate naturally increases your serotonin and endorphin levels according to some studies. So get to the shop quick and stock up, doctors orders.
Say Hey DJ, Play My Favorite Song
Some say that music is the key to your soul. In this case music is the key to your happy chemicals. Scientists have proven that listening to your favorite song can lead to a rush of dopamine. So turn that radio up and dance yourself happy.
Spice It Up
Great news for all you spicy food lovers! A chilli pepper or two will keep you from feeling blue. Hot chilli peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin and when your body recogniszs you have a lot of this in your system it starts to produce endorphins to work as a painkiller.
You don’t have to be a pinterest-perfect crafting guru to benefit from this tip. This could be anything from painting on a blank canvas, learning how to knit, or baking a cake. Any creative task that requires your concentration will leave you feeling naturally high.
Embrace The Giggle Fits
Ever laughed so hard your ribs start to hurt? Great! A study at Oxford University laughing out loud releases endorphins, which will significantly improve your mood. So invite your friend round and stick on a comedy.
Eat Your All Time Favorites
It’s been proven that eating your favorite food is great for your mental health and here’s why - your favorite food gives you pleasure, pleasure releases dopamine, dopamine makes you happy. SOMEONE ORDER US A PIZZA. But seriously, there's something wonderful to be said for treating yourself to your favorite foods, because not only do they taste good, but you probably associate them with good memories as well.
You might remember this well-meaning advice from your elders, but "you don’t have to take your clothes off to have a good time". However, in this case, you actually do. Sex is great for your waistline and great for your brain as an orgasm can leave you overdosing on endorphins. So get the candles lit and the clothes off. It’s time to get happy.
Lauren Depass is an aspiring novelist, freelance writer and blogger at A Yorkshire Soul. The topics you will most likely find her writing about are women's lifestyle, relationships, beauty and mental health. When she's away from the keyboard she's usually reading, knitting or searching for penguin documentaries.