Don't people seem to be in a better mood in summer? Do you think it's just because of the nicer weather? As the weather got warmer this year, we noticed a lot more people out in the community. They were running, biking, and friends. Personally, I am one of these people. I am out gardening, hiking in the woods with my family and playing with my daughters. My theory is that the extra activity combined with the time outside has more to do with the better moods. This weekend, while I had planned to do some activity outside, it was cold, gloomy and rained on and off. I didn't get to do a lot on Saturday and my mood was affected by this. Has this happened to you? I would like to take some time today to push us all to get out and do something active -- even if weather is not cooperating. If you can't go out, do something active inside! According to the American Psychological Association, within 5 minutes of doing some sort of moderate activity, you experience an increase in mood. This can stick with you throughout the day, too! In addition to your mood being better, you tend to crave healthier foods and are less likely to choose the unhealthy foods because you feel a difference in your body. After eating what your body craves and increasing your activity level, which lifts your mood, you're also seeing changes in your body which increases self esteem. By just starting to do something active, like going for a walk, there's a snowball effect that can change how you view yourself. So who's with me?
Karen Becker is an author, speaker and personal growth coach. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling and applies these skills when coaching clients. She has years of experience coaching clients in all areas of life: parenting, co-parenting after divorce and in personal growth/wellness. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.