Exercise is good for so many things so it’s not surprising it helps with your mood. Research has linked exercise with higher levels of serotonin. Exercise is also linked with increased dopamine levels, which causes relaxation, and endorphins, which take away the pain. If that sounds like a powerful combination – it is.
8. High Quality Protein
One can’t talk about serotonin and tryptophan without talking about turkey. Many people have heard that the extremely high levels of tryptophan in turkey are what causes that relaxed tired feeling after a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Many researchers now think this is kind of an urban myth. A turkey dinner certainly would raise your serotonin levels but much of the effect is simply from the huge quantity of food consumed. Your body just needs to focus all its energy on digesting! Turkey and white meats are usually more balancing for your body than beef, pork or other red meats. Lowly beans contain extremely high amounts of balanced proteins plus provide many other benefits for your body and the environment.
9. Enjoy Your Tea
Nothing is more soothing that a cup of tea during the colder months of the year. Another study from Finland shows that 2,000 surveyed Finns who drank black tea every day reported fewer incidences of feeling down or depressed compared to Finns who weren’t regular tea drinkers. The study also shows that the theanine naturally found in tea helps calm you down. Herbal teas can have similar benefits depending on the herbs used and they usually don’t have caffeine. Green tea is now known to provide a host of health benefits.
10. Get to Bed on Time
If your serotonin/melatonin balance is messed up one thing you can do is develop routines that tell your body that you want to go to sleep. This will start the melatonin cycle early so that it can be finished early and you can enjoy waking up properly the next day. The old “early to bed, early to rise” saying works.