Last week I talked about serotonin levels and how it’s so prevalent in your gut. 90% of all serotonin is produced in the gut which is why ‘feeding’ yourself with food high in nutritional value and low in the fake stuff will help keep your serotonin levels healthy.
But it’s not just about nutrition.
Serotonin is the ‘feel good’ hormone or chemical that transmits signals throughout our body. And when we are low on serotonin, we are low on life. That’s when sadness, despair and depression can kick in.
The good news is that lots of research in recent times has found a strong connection between serotonin and mood levels. We KNOW that by keeping our gut strong and our feel good hormone levels high, we can experience a whole lot more happy.
And a whole lot less moody!
I often talk about taking care of yourself and the whole ‘putting the oxygen mask on first’ metaphor and it’s true. Your mental and emotional health can affect the wellbeing of those around you. Looking after yourself helps you look after your family.
And doing more of what makes you feel good gets the serotonin racing and your mood levels up.
Not sure where to start? Here’s what I recommend you do to keep the mood swings at bay:
- Look after your gut health
- Pop outside to catch the sun and some Vitamin D (make sure you wear you’re sunscreen!)
- Incorporate light exercise such as walking into your daily routine
- Join a club or group. Research shows group activities increases endorphins
- Belt out a song and have a dance with the kids
- Set time aside just for you to colour in, read, have a cuppa…whatever feels good
- Manage your sleep patterns
- Minimise time on social media or exposure to the media
- Practice meditation
- Seek advice from a naturopath on what natural supplements will help you and your situation
It’s very easy to say this and a little harder to incorporate into the busy schedule of a modern day mum. But it’s vital to your short term and your long term health.
Research has shown that long term stress contributes to chronic illnesses. You’ve got a shot to nip it in the bud now with 10 simple things you can introduce into your daily routine.
Don’t leave it too late.