When someone is in a bad mood, we often dismiss it as temporary. We let the other person cool down and let the bad mood pass.
But when bad moods become persistent, they may point to a deeper problem. Perhaps you’re too stressed or plagued with anxiety. They can also become sources of unhappiness.
Why is having good moods beneficial? Research finds that in general, people with happy moods:
- Work better with others
- Fix problems instead of complaining about them. They look for solutions instead of people to blame.
- Are more creative, energetic, optimistic and motivated.
- Learn faster.
- Make better decisions.
- Are more productive at work.
But when you’re often in a bad mood, food can naturally be your ally. We instinctively make use of the pleasure releasing capabilities of foods to combat our negative thoughts and emotions. Unfortunately, this type of stress eating often leads to consumption of unhealthy foods like junk foods or processed foods. Why not turn your fondness of eating when stressed or in a bad mood into something healthier and stress-free for you? Here are simple foods that are not only healthy for you but can also boost your mood:
Bananas– this superfruit contains the important amino acid tryptophan and also vitamins A, B6 and C, fibre, potassium, phosphorous, iron and carbohydrate. All these can help fight insomnia, depression and anxiety which may contribute to poor moods.
Pumpkin Seed– like bananas, pumpkin seeds are enriched with tryptophan. This amino acid is needed by the brain to produce serotonin-a hormone proven to reduce anxiety and mood swings.
Cocoa– hooray for chocolate lovers like me! The antioxidants and polyphenol found in cocoa make chocolates a natural anxiety remedy and mood enhancer. Cocoa is known to reduce cortisol, the stress hormone.
So more cocoa in chocolates, the better. Which means, the more natural and unprocessed cocoa is, the more you can obtain the benefits that real chocolates give. Such is often found in dark chocolates which are high in magnesium to uplift emotions and energy.
Avocado– if cortisol is linked to stress, serotonin is linked to happiness. Which is what avocados boost. Aside from improving moods, avocados contain healthy fats that are great for the skin, hair and nails—more reasons to be in a better mood!
Berries– loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, berries are miracle natural mood enhancers.
These small, brightly colored but relatively powerful fruits not simply boost moods but also go all the way down to facilitating digestion due to their high fiber content.
The nutrients in known berries like blueberries, strawberries and raspberries have also been found to ease depression.
Indeed, it’s harder to turn off negative thoughts and start thinking of positive images when you are stressed. It’s much simpler to let them out by eating, which is naturally part of what we do every day anyway.
But what’s great about these natural mood remedies is that they are easily accessible and convenient to take every time we’re in a foul mood.
So go ahead and indulge with these healthier comfort foods without having an added worry that they could be bad for you.