Feel Better Naturally

It has long been known that raising “feel-good” hormones in your body makes people feel HAPPIER, more RELIEVED, and helps TREAT DEPRESSION.  One of the best ways to do this is through EXERCISE.  Exercise raises the feel-good hormone, Serotonin, in the brain.  Serotonin is the hormone that is also raised by taking anti-depressants.  While anti-depressants are certainly useful if you need them, it’s good to know that there is another way to raise feel-good hormones.  And you don’t have to be a marathon runner to achieve this!

I am lucky enough to be able to get my exercise through walking and yoga.  I love walking outside in nature, listening to the birds sing, smelling the smells of nature, and feasting my eyes on the sheer beauty around me.  This and my yoga practice is like meditation to me.  Check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.  Start slowly.  If you’ve never walked for exercise, maybe consider a walk to your mailbox enough at first.  Slowly increase your distance and time.  Notice the wonder of being outside.  Let it feed your soul and change your perception about how you view your world.  If you are unable to walk, try sitting in a chair or even from your bed, move your arms and legs if you can to the best of your ability.   For those people with physical disabilities, there are other ways to raise serotonin levels, for instance, meditation and present-moment consciousness.  More about that in a future blog.

My wish for you is that you will begin to feel better soon.  Try exercise, if you can, and notice the difference it makes in your mood.

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