Did you know that between 1990 and 2013, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by nearly 50%, from 416 million to 615 million? That's close to 10% of the world’s population is affected, and those are pre-pandemic numbers. I suspect those numbers have climbed tremendously over the last year.
I stumbled upon that fun little statistic from the World Health Organization while researching for a masterclass about strategies to increase emotional well-being (you'll get the details when it's ready!) Until then, I've included at least a dozen ways for you to work with your body to naturally elevate your mood in the article below.
Consistently balanced moods indicate that you’re getting an appropriate daily d.o.s.e. of neurotransmitters.
The names of the neurotransmitters are unimportant. But there are two very important things to remember here:
- These chemicals allow us to feel good, to experience positive moods, and when we aren’t feeling good emotionally for prolonged amounts of time, we know there's a deficiency.
- You can boost your body’s production of these chemicals naturally.
Dopamine and endorphins, which are known as ”progress chemicals” they make us feel good when we accomplish something; Seratonin and oxytocin, which are known as ”self-esteem boosters” foster feelings of trust, belonging and fulfillment.
Remember, our bodies naturally produce these chemicals. We can create conditions in our lives that allow for us to feel better emotionally.
So it's time to ask yourself some questions and turn this knowledge into real-life action:
- What are the top 2-3 things that you do for yourself regularly that support you getting your daily d.o.s.e.?
- What is one thing you are willing to start doing today to increase your daily d.o.s.e.?
All the best,
|Jessica Hill Powell, NBC-HWC, RYT-200|
Founder + Health Coach at Meridian Integrative Wellness
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