3 Mood-Boosting Habits To Try Right Now

Consider this your daily dose of dopamine.
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If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that cultivating our happiness and looking after our wellbeing is something that’s staying firmly at the top of our ‘to do’ lists.

While it’s impossible to feel happy all the time (the beauty of life, after all, is the dichotomy between those light and dark moments), there are ways we can foster a little bit more of the feel-good emotion every day.

From including more of the things that make us feel happy into our daily routines, or perhaps trying out some new habits, here are three ways to boost your mood, instantly.

1. Choose Skin-Friendly Products

Gone are the days of over-complicated, ten-step skincare routines. Now, we’re making more conscious choices about what we apply to our skin to get the best results.

This “less is more” approach to our routines means we are choosing products that pack more of an active ingredient punch, giving us back some precious me-time while still providing our body’s largest organ with the care it needs and deserves.

Active ingredients like hyaluronic acid are highly effective at keeping our skin deeply hydrated, for a healthy facial glow that matches the one we have on the inside. Gentle enough for all skin types, and suitable for use in both morning and night routines, the moisture-binding molecule is scientifically proven to hold over 1,000 times its weight in water for longer-lasting hydration.

The newly reformulated Neutrogena Hydro Boost® Water Gel is supercharged with skin-friendly ingredients, and now has 20 per cent more hyaluronic acid*. Plus, it’s formulated with amino acids and electrolytes, that help to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and maintain skin vitality, while delivering five times more hydration†.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost® Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel
Neutrogena Hydro Boost® Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel, 50g, $33. (Credit: Neutrogena)

As an extra feel-good boost, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost® Water Gel can be refilled with recyclable pods that sit perfectly within the jar, helping to reduce plastic waste by 89 per cent^.

Perfect for morning and night, or whenever your skin needs an extra boost of hydration, apply using gentle pressure, massaging your skin in a circular motion (it feels good and will help kick your skin’s circulation into gear).

2. Embrace Dopamine Dressing

One of the biggest style trends of 2022, this approach to fashion is all about using bright and bold colours to boost your mood.

Drawing on colour psychology—the idea that colours can impact our mood and emotions—celebs like Hailey Bieber, Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid have all jumped aboard the dopamine dressing bandwagon.

Embrace happy hues like yellow, pink, and orange for days when you need a little emotional pick-me-up, or try greens, purples and blues for an anxiety-busting and soothing effect.

Of course, there’s no need to go head-to-toe when it comes to wearing the satisfying shades; pick a statement piece or accessory that ups your feel-good factor and build the rest of your look around it.

Hailey Bieber pink neon dress
Hailey Bieber knows the power of “dopamine dressing” for an instant mood boost. (Credit: @haileybieber)

3. Spritz On A Satisfying Scent

Set your scents on boosting your mood with a functional fragrance, designed to uplift, inspire, and energise.

Guided by aromachology, the study of how aromas can affect our emotions and behaviour, scent has become a personal wellness tool that offers an olfactory escape from the daily grind, triggering the part of our brain that processes thoughts, feelings and moods.

Floral scents like ylang-ylang, jasmine and even vanilla are associated with uplifting one’s mood, while fragrances containing notes of citrus, juniper and pink peppercorn can energise and uplift.

Target the areas exposed to the air, like the pulse points of the neck, wrists and inner elbows, and reap the benefits of your serotonin-boosting scent all day long.

Brought to you by Neutrogena.

* Compared to previous formula

† Compared to untreated control

^ Compared to the regular jar

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