July 7, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Dr. Mao’s Wellness Living: Tips To Boost Your Mood And Mind:

Sometimes the stress of everyday life and activities can get you down, so if you are in need of a pick-me-up these days, you don’t have to break your bank account by relying on retail therapy to elevate your mood. Instead, you can lift your spirits with a few simple tips that will turn your frown upside down and kick up your energy a few notches!

Stand Up

As much as we like to feel accomplished and ensure that we are being productive, all too often we can spiral down into a working whirlwind. Sitting at the desk all day and staring into the computer screen can zap you of your energy and drain your mood. To get out of your rut, all you have to do is get back on your feet!

Yes, it is as simple as taking a few moments to stand tall, stretch your arms, and wiggle your fingers and toes. A boost in circulation will deliver much needed oxygen-rich blood to your cells, giving you an instant surge of energy. Smile while you stretch because it will trigger the release of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical that will instantly perk up your mood!

Think Positive

Stress can wreak havoc on our thoughts and behavior. Negative thought patterns may eventually contribute to depression, anxiety, and possibly an unfulfilling lifestyle. On the flip side, more positive thoughts can instantly lift your spirits and change your outlook. Try the following exercise: each day write down at least three things for which you are grateful. Your mind will instantly tune into a positive channel and you will begin to focus on the blessings in your life. Instead of dragging yourself down with what you wish you had, boost your mood by acknowledging all the things that you do have at this moment. You will begin to see that your glass is more than half full.

Turn On Some Music

There is nothing like your favorite tune to instantly make you feel like a rock star! Whether you enjoy jazz or the latest pop, studies indicate that listening or creating music can potentially treat depression, autism, and help in pain management. Try to listen to music that triggers happy thoughts and memories or calms you when you are feeling stressed. After a few minutes you may find the urge to shimmy–or perhaps enjoy a deep meditation. Whatever your choice may be, make sure to have your favorite go-to list of tunes on handy for an instant lift! If you are looking for something to relax your spirit, try my Cherry Blossom or Waterlily music CDs, to help create soothing sounds of nature and calm your mood.

Be Colorful

If your closet is full of gray and black, it may be time to add a splash of color. Just changing out of your usual monochrome dark colors can instantly lift your spirits. In particular, bright shades of red, pink, and yellow are best for stimulating your brain. But you don’t have to toss your favorite gray shirt for a wardrobe that looks like a Crayola box! Adding just one or two brighter items to your closet is all you may need to color your mood happy.

Carbs Count

Another great and delicious way to boost the levels of serotonin in your brain is to munch on some healthy carbs. To get the health benefits you crave, it is best to stick with whole grains and fruit. Pass on the processed chips and sweet treats for carbohydrates that will provide you with the slow release of energy you need to carry you through the day. If you’re feeling blue, try snacking on about 30 grams of good carbs, which is just the right amount to give you the lift you need:

• half whole grain toast with one tablespoon of nut butter and half cup of berries

• half cup oatmeal with a handful of unsalted nuts and dried cranberries

• one banana

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and board certified anti-aging expert. He has appeared regularly on “Dr. Oz,” “The Doctors,” and “EXTRA.” Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition and Chinese medicine with his associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica and Newport Beach. Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni founded Tao of Wellness more than 25 years ago in addition to also founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey. To subscribe to his tip-filled newsletter please visit www.taoofwellness.com. To make an appointment for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or you can email Dr. Mao at contact@taoofwellness.com.

in News
Related Posts

Newsom Signs Sen. Ben Allen’s Pollution Bill That Places Recycling Costs on Producers Rather Than Municipalities

July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022

Senate Bill 54 calls on the producers of specific materials to form a Producer Responsibility Organization  By Sam Catanzaro California...

LA City Council Approves Emblem Program to Identify Legal Cannabis Business

July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022

Placards will serve as notice to the public and enforcement agencies that the business is licensed Last week, Los Angeles...

VP Kamala Harris Visits Santa Monica Fire Station

July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022

Vice President and husband Doug Emhoff stop by Santa Monica Fire Station #2 on Monday By Sam Catanzaro Vice President...

City Council Approves Permanent Parklet Program For Local Businesses: Santa Monica Beat – July 4th, 2022

July 5, 2022

July 5, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Sony Calls For ‘respect’ After Gaming Developers Receive Online Bullying * City Council...

Landscaping 50 Percent Complete for George Wolfberg Park at Potrero Canyon

July 3, 2022

July 3, 2022

Officials provide update for park under construction By Dolores Quintana A recent update from the City of Los Angeles’ Department...

John McEnroe and Patty Smyth Sell Malibu Home for $29 Million

July 2, 2022

July 2, 2022

Malibu Colony home sold to unknown buyer in private sale By Dolores Quintana John McEnroe, a retired former tennis star,...

SMa.r.t. Column: A Tale of Two Cities

July 2, 2022

July 2, 2022

The City of Santa Monica is surrounded on three sides by the City of Los Angeles. Therefore, while the jurisdictions...

Santa Monica City Council Approves Ballot Measure That Would Increase Hotel Bed Tax

July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

Santa Monica’s bed tax has been raised since 2004 By Dolores Quintana In a vote on June 28, the Santa...

PETA Attempts to Stop the Beach Club From Holding Annual Fireworks Display

July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

Parking lot where display is held is on City of LA land, not Santa Monica, allowing Club to obtain permit...

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Prepares for SMASH/Muir Campus Mold Removal

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

Exact costs for repairs still unknown By Dolores Quintana and Sam Catanzaro  It is unknown exactly how much the total...

Watering Restrictions for Santa Monica Residents Take Effect Soon

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

New restrictions will go into effect on July 5, limiting watering to twice a week By Sam Catanzaro New restrictions...

Daily Harvest Recalls Meal Kits Handed out at Venice Event Following 470 Cases of Mysterious Illness

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

Direct-to-consumer meal kit company under fire for handling of outbreak tied to lentil and leek meal kit By Sam Catanzaro...

Central Coast Brewery Makes Westside Acquisitions

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Figueroa Mountain Brewing acquires Broxton Brewery, The Stalking Horse and more. Staff, current beer taps to remain on board at...

Mexican Restaurant Possibly Expanding Into Former Swingers Space

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Bar Hermanito applies for an alcohol exemption sales permit for space at 802 Broadway in Santa Monica By Dolores Quintana...

Six Family-Fun Westside Fourth of July Events

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Fireworks, parades, runs and more taking place across the Westside  By Ashley Sloan  Pacific Palisades  The Pacific Palisades will be...