It’s perfectly fine to feel low once in a while. The most important thing to know is you’re not alone and there’s an assortment of strategies to keep the blues away. Just like with any other issues with the mind and body, the adage “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” applies. Read on for some tips on keeping those grey clouds away.
Munch on Mood-Lifting Foods
The happy hormone serotonin is naturally found in bananas, cherries, pineapple, plums, kiwis, tomatoes and walnuts — have plenty of them. It’s also a wonderful idea to regularly consume meat and dairy because they’re rich in tryptophan, an amino acid converted into serotonin by your body.
Consume Oily Fish for Omega-3s
Several investigations have shown that people whose diets were rich in omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish were less likely to get depressed than those who didn’t consume enough of this fat. Other than oily fish like salmon, trout and sardines, flaxseeds, soybeans, and walnuts are also excellent sources of omega-3s.
Get a Massage 3 Times a Week
Whether it’s a pro or your buddy doing it, a massage can help lift your mood. According to a study conducted on depressed individuals undergoing dialysis, those who received 12-minute massages thrice a week were less depressed than the rest.
Spend a Few Minutes with a Dog
A study by the University of Missouri revealed that mood-elevating serotonin and oxytocin levels in the brain increased when participants in the investigation played with dogs even for just as short as a minute. Got no dog? Volunteer at an animal shelter or ask your neighbor to be a dog sitter for free.
Smile Whether or Not You Mean It
Experts say that forcing yourself to smile is powerful enough to make you feel better. Look in the mirror and put on a smile. Get plenty of reasons to smile by watching a hilarious movie or chatting with a pal with a great sense of humor.
Ditch Your Routine for a Day
Carrying out the same tasks on a day-to-day basis can be exhausting and depressing. Lift your mood by abandoning your usual routine and doing something different for a day. Doing a leisure pursuit you have never tried before, paying another grocery store a visit or taking a different route to your work may help lift your mood.
Exercise on a Regular Basis
Tired of hearing again and again that exercising is a great way to beat the blues? Experts and everyday people cannot stop talking about it because it really works. Tired of the thought you need to exercise just to be a happier person? Opt for any physical activity you find fun and interesting, like dancing, biking, hiking or even hula-hooping.
Go Easy on Yourself
Things go wrong once in a while and it happens to everyone. Don’t be too harsh on yourself because no one is expecting you to be superhuman. Remind yourself that things always end up fine in the end.
Do you know other natural ways of combating depression effectively? Do share those which work like a charm!