It’s Valentine’s Day.
That means it’s just a bit too late to wish people ‘Happy New Year’, you’re not sure whether it’s summer or winter, and you’re currently being bombarded with romantic social media posts.
At times like this, it can be hard to get yourself in the mood for a romantic night – whether it’s a first date or a cosy night in.
But did you know that our mood isn’t only determined by our surroundings? It’s also commonly associated with a number of other factors like the quality of our sleep.
In fact, a 2018 survey of 900,000+ people suggests that disruptions to your body clock may have a significant impact on your mental health and general wellbeing. These findings have also been supported by evidence by the American Psychiatric Association.
Your body clock (known as your circadian rhythm) balances your body’s functions by sending it special cues as to whether it should be awake and alert or winding down for the night. These intervals of alertness and sleepiness are highly influenced by our exposure to light – specifically the blue light emitted from sunlight and the screens of digital devices like smartphones, computers and tablets.
So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are 5 mood-boosting tips to ensure you’re feeling your most romantic!
Eat Plenty of Leafy Greens
We know you’ve heard it a million times before - leafy greens like kale and spinach are packed full of nutrition. In particular, these magnesium rich foods make them a huge mood booster for when you are feeling low.
Treat Yourself to Some Chocolate
That’s more like it! Chocolate is the ultimate happy food. It’s the cocoa fat in chocolate that increases serotonin (your “good mood” neurotransmitter) leading to the release of endorphins, similar to the feeling of being in love.
Put Your Phone Away!
This is when we realise old habits die hard. Staying on our devices at night reduces the chances of getting a good night’s sleep. That’s because blue light from smartphones, tablets, and computers hinders the release of melatonin, a key hormone that tells our body it’s time for sleep.
Plus, your partner will appreciate all that extra eye contact you’ll be able to lavish them with!
Get more done!
We’re all about this. Less blue light and a better night’s sleep also means that you can get more done during the day. Exercise is an excellent mood-booster – within 5 minutes of a run, you’ll be able to feel mood-enhancing effects, which can also alleviate mental stress.
Take Some Time Out
Staying active is important, but so is winding down. Don’t let the love memes distract you today – take some time to kick back and relax with someone special. Your body and mind will appreciate it, and so will they!
Like we said, some things are easier said than done. Even though we can’t help with all of the above, Ocushield’s blue light blocking filters can help you keep the blue light from your devices to a minimum so that your mind feels better rested and your eyes feel fresher.
And if you didn’t know – fresher eyes are easier to get lost in!
Happy Love Day!
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