6 Proven Ways to Get a Natural High

By BrazenWoman

You don't need substances to feel your best. Check out these easy things you can do to feel high without the high.

  • Jump for Joy

    Jumping rope is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get those mood-boosting endorphins. All you need is a wood floor or impact mat, a great pair of cross-trainers and a sports bra.

  • Meditate—Don’t Medicate

    Yogis and researchers agree: [meditating](http://brazenwoman.com/harness-power-intention-deepak-chopra/), which involves unplugging, deep breathing, and mind-clearing—relaxes the brain, reduces anxiety, and decreases depression.

  • Bond with Family, Friends, and Community

    Studies have shown that feeling a part of a family, circle of friends, and community, such as your  workplace, religious, social, or political group, throughout our lifetime helps stave off depression and, of course, loneliness.

  • Lift Your Voice (and Spirit) in Song

    Singing is unquestionably a way to relieve anxiety, especially if it’s upbeat music (think “Happy” by Pharrell Williams). Sing in the shower, on a karaoke machine or, if you're blessed with a great voice, join a choir, a community chorus or a rock or hip-hip group. The garage is a perfectly fine venue.

  • Celebrate Milestones

    Celebrating important milestones in one’s life can actually help strengthen relationships. Talking about the good times, including romantic dates and fun vacations will remind you why you fell in love in the first place and forget the annoying way he chews with his mouth open.

  • Volunteer for Charity

    Giving increases our self-confidence and self-esteem and encourages friendships that buffer us against stress. Sign up to become a Big Sister or Big Brother, work at your local food bank, or go on a charity walk or bike ride for a disease or cause you believe in. PS. You’re not only giving, you are also moving, so you get two Pleasure Principles in one.