Feel like you’ve been stuck in a slump that you haven’t been able to break out of? You’re not alone. In fact, it’s common for mood and energy levels to ebb and flow. Knowing a few ‘happiness hacks’ to help break the cycle could make all the difference.

Give these tips and tricks a try!

Reset your circadian rhythm. Get your body’s clock back on track by waking up with the sun. When you expose yourself to sunlight early in the day, your body will produce serotonin for a longer period of time. Give this a try for two weeks and see if you notice a difference.

Stretch when you wake up. Now that you’re getting up with the sun, do some light stretches in the morning to help your body wake up. Stretching can help get your circulation going, reduce muscle tension that may have happened during sleep, and relieve stiffness.

Keep your workspace smelling good. Scents can be a powerful mood booster. For feelings of calm, choose lavender or jasmine. For relaxing scents, choose vanilla or sage. If you’re looking for energizing scents, go for grapefruit or lemon. Candles or essential oils are great ways to get more scents into your space.

Unplug from social media. It can happen without even realizing it-suddenly, you find yourself scrolling endlessly through Facebook or Instagram. Consider doing a social media pause to reduce the amount of negativity you’re taking into your brain. Replace the habit of scrolling with a new book, journaling, or DIY project.

Spend time outdoors. There’s a reason that Vitamin D is sometimes called the ‘sunshine’ vitamin. Spending time in the sun can be a natural mood booster-just make sure you also wear sunscreen.

Looking for more ways to improve your mood and energy levels? Visit our practice to learn more about how gentle chiropractic adjustments may help.