Using Natural Ways to Boost Your Mood

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You exercise regularly, get enough zzzz’s and follow a healthy diet, but you still find yourself feeling ‘blah’ from time to time.

There are natural pick-me-ups that are both simple and effective.

Here are some ideas.

Catch some rays, without going overboard.

“We know that exposure to sunlight seems to help a lot so, you know, open up the drapes in your room, let some sun in, get outside as much as you can,” said Mark Crawford, a clinical psychologist.

Don’t underestimate the power of human touch.

“Certainly hugs, handholding, getting a massage can actually be a very helpful thing for your mood,” said Crawford.

You could also volunteer.

“A lot of times people may not necessarily feel like going out and doing something that would help somebody else, but afterwards they report feeling much better,” said Crawford.

Keep a gratitude journal.

“Just kind of sit down and list all the things in your life that you’re thankful for that are going well,” said Crawford.

Also set aside time to be alone and meditate. Take some deep breaths and focus on only that.

“One study showed that for people who meditate for just six weeks show more activity in the area of the brain that people have when they’re optimistic, so it really makes a difference,” said Crawford.

Try one or more of these whenever you need your spirits lifted.
 

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