Easy Ways to Elevate Your Mood

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Everyone can feel down or unmotivated from time to time. Often, one is encouraged to pop a pill in hopes that he or she can feel better or function at “normal.” There are, however, multiple ways that you can naturally handle your depressed mood and get back to feeling like yourself again.

1. Spend time with a close friend or family member

A close friend or family member can bring you into a better mood. Finding an activity you both enjoy or getting a cup of coffee or tea can take your attention off your problems or upsets. Regular social contact with a close friend or family may boost self-confidence and encourage you to make positive changes. Take a break from the busy routine and spend time with someone uplifting!

2. Get a massage

Whether is it Swedish, hot stone or deep tissue, getting a massage is not only a good way to relax but can help you get into a better mood. Body tension is something that can occur with stress and a massage can help relieve it. Researchers believe that massages boost serotonin levels and reduce the stress hormone.

3. Mood boosting food

Feeling down? Try these foods that can boost your mood (and are part of a healthy diet) – walnuts, kiwi, bananas, sour cherries, pineapples, tomatoes and plums are high in serotonin. In addition to these yummy options, food that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can give you a boost. Cold-water fish like salmon and mackerel along with flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans, kidney beans and black beans are great sources of omega-3s. So, go ahead eat your troubles away!

4. Take your vitamins

Check out these vitamins and their qualities that can help a person be in a better mood.

Fish Oil- Supports cognitive function
B-Complex- helps support increasing brain function
5-HTP- increases serotonin levels which play a key role in controlling appetite and enhancing mood
Theanine- Helps with stress management, supports cardiovascular function and promotes relaxation
Vitamin D- Helps with brain and immune system function

5. Break out of your routine

Sometimes a person can get stuck in a rut. A routine can bring about predictability and stability, however at times doing the same thing day in and day out can really affect someone’s mood. One can start to feel stuck. Our advice? Break out of your routine! Go to dinner even though it is Tuesday or take a day off and go explore a nearby town. Variety is the spice of life!

6. Exercise

Exercise has so many health benefits! And adding it to your life can help elevate your mood. When you exercise is helps reduces stress and can put a person in a better mood. Plus, you are able to burn some extra calories! There are numerous ways to get moving, but you have to find what activity fits you best!

7. Make yourself enthusiastic

Another trick you try to help elevate your mood is make yourself enthusiastic. It may sound crazy, but by making yourself act enthusiastically, you can begin to feel enthusiastic. If you are having trouble with this one, one idea is to watch a funny movie or go to a comedy show.