Studies show that the average person is in a bad mood about 10% of the time. Depression and anxiety can be serious problems requiring medical support — but what about that occasional case of the blues or bad temper? Here are five lifestyle changes that have been proven to help!
Eat more fruits and vegetables
Studies show that eating more fruits and vegetables put people into a better mood, and can even reduce the risk of depression. One study found that the increase in feelings of well-being for people who ate plenty of produce was equal to the improvement in mood seen when unemployed people find a job.
Take a walk
Regular exerciser makes people healthier and happier. Getting outside also makes people feel better. Put the two together by getting outside for a walk and you’re sure to boost your mood. When the weather is hot, take your walk in the morning before the heat of the day or in the evening when it begins to cool off. Choose a park or another shady place rather than a hot street for best results.
Get some sleep
Most of us need about eight hours of sleep a night, and most of us don’t get anywhere near that amount. Set yourself a regular bedtime and waking up time to encourage better sleep. Then move the bedtime back 15 minutes at a time till you find the sleep schedule that gives you enough sleep. Good sleep hygiene will put you in a better mood all day.
Laugh it up…
You might not think that having a laugh can really make you feel better, but research supports the claim. A funny movie or YouTube video, a light-hearted novel, or a visit with a cheerful friend can do the trick. Physically, it cools off the stress response, lowers blood pressure, and stimulates circulation.
…or at least stop complaining
You might think that getting it off your chest, venting, or having a rant makes you feel better. In fact, researchers found that habitual complaining can actually lead to atrophy in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is in charge of problem-solving and logical thought. It also increases the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, in your body.
These five easy changes can make all the difference in how you feel. Get started today and see if you’re not happier by next week!
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