With everyone living such hectic lives trying to keep up with work and family life, it’s easy to feel worn out, and even a bit down in the dumps thanks to stress. All you have to do it take a look at the supplement aisle
of your pharmacy or stacks of energy drinks in the coolers at the
convenient store to know that there are a lot of people out there
looking for a way to boost their mood and reduce stress. But before you
go chugging caffeine or sugar to try to make yourself feel peppier or
whipping out the credit card for a little retail therapy, try one of
these methods of naturally boosting your mood.
1. Exercise– According to the Mayo Clinic,
just 30 minutes of brisk walking stimulates brain chemicals that reduce
stress and boost your mood, and because it also helps you stay fit,
you’re more likely to feel better about yourself.
deficiency and depression are strongly linked. The best way to get
enough vitamin D is from the sun, so spend 15 minutes outside each day
to get the recommended amount (but be sure to check on sun safe exposure
for your area and the outdoor temperature).
3. Draw a Cupcake–
While enjoying comfort food may be one way to reduce stress and boost
your mood; the typically highly caloric foods don’t do much for the rest
of your body. But there’s good news; Mother Nature Network recently reported on a newly released study featured in the Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science that says that drawing a cupcake is just as much of a mood booster as eating one.
4. Spend Time with Friends–
There may be no better feeling than getting some quality time in with
good friends. Whether it’s meeting up for a coffee or even talking on
the phone, the National Institute of Health’s Medicine Plus
guide suggests spending time with good friends and family to help ward
off depression and reduce stress. Not only are you certain to have a lot
of laughs, but it’s also a great opportunity to offload anything that
is stressing you out.
5. Volunteer– If you’ve
ever volunteered in the past, you likely know what a wonderful feeling
you get from doing so. Not only does volunteering provide a sense of
accomplishment, but it can be fun too. The Corporation for National & Community Service
says that those who volunteer suffer from lower rates of depression,
and tend to have greater functionality and lower mortality rates.
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