Feeling a little down in the dumps?
Got that annoying gray cloud hovering over your head all day?
There are ways to turn bad moods around. And they don’t involve a punching bag, a wild party night (and a subsequent hangover!) or medication.
Here are six mood lifters to rid yourself of those gloomy days…
1. Sweat To Smile. Exercise may be as effective at relieving mild to moderate depression as the antidepressant Zoloft, reveals a study from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. “Physical activity stimulates the feel-good chemical dopamine, which increases our sense of well-being,” explains Stephen Ilardi, Ph.D., author of The Depression Cure (Da Capo Press).
2. Sleep off Sadness. People who have insomnia have a fivefold risk of developing depression compared with those who are well rested, according to a study from the University of North Texas in Denton. Aim for seven to eight hours of shut-eye per night.
Also, if you have a 7th mood lifter secret…we’d love to know!