Have you ever had “one of those mornings?” Where everything seemed to go wrong and it wasn’t your usual routine. For example, maybe you overslept, didn’t have time to eat breakfast, you slept through your alarm and now your running late and then you get stuck in traffic. Or perhaps you may have had a different “terrible morning” that came to your mind just now.
Whatever your version may be, we’ve all been there and experienced the “morning blues.” It can easily ruin your mood for hours afterwards too. However, thanks to some research, there’s a quick and simple way to get you back on track.
It doesn’t involve meditation, a punching bag, or jumping jacks.
An ORANGE or LEMON Peel!
This may sound odd, but there is an explanation.
Research conducted by Mayo Clinic have discovered that there’s a tremendous stress-relieving compound inside a citrus peel called D-limonene.
But, don’t worry, you don’t have to eat the peel to get the benefit. You just need to smell it! It’s as simple as that.
When you smell an orange or lemon peel, the D-limonene you breathe in increases your brain’s serotonin and dopamine levels. In turn, will help you feel calmer, more relaxed and less anxious.
So, next time you are on the struggle bus and feeling that Monday blue, sniff an orange peel. The citrus smell takes the edge right off and uplifts your mood. Works like a charm.
Have you tried this trick before? Don’t hesitate to share!