Make yourself look nice—for you
If you’re feeling down for no real reason, read more
sometimes the little things are all you need. And think about it—if you’re not feeling good about how you look, won’t that just make you feel a little bluer? Put on your favorite outfit to feel your best and shake yourself out of that funk.
Meditate or do yoga
Sometimes, you might find yourself in a bad mood not because anything is going wrong, but because you have just been on the go and let stress levels build. You might feel burnt out or tired, and that’s hurting your overall outlook. Try meditating or doing yoga to center yourself, as studies show that it helps ease anxiety, tension, and fatigue. You also go bike riding or a walk in the park.
Seek help from a mental health professional.
Because depression is affected by so many factors, it’s crucial to seek help from a professional. A mental health professional can help you understand and navigate your emotions. Treatment that includes psychotherapy in addition to antidepressant medication is often more effective than medication alone.
Pump up the romance
If you haven’t realized by now, endorphins are pretty great for elevating your mood. And if you find yourself in need of a boost, your partner can help get those endorphins flowing. Research shows that endorphins are released during the peak of sexual intercourse, so to get that happy, blissful feeling, grab your partner and pump up the romance.
Choose complex carbs. Whole grains, brown rice, beans, and lentils are good sources of complex carbohydrates. These carbs leave you feeling full longer and help manage blood sugar levels.
Avoid sugar and simple carbs. These may provide a temporary “high,” but the crash can worsen depressive symptoms.
Eat fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients such as vitamin C and beta-carotene. These antioxidants can help fight free radicals that disturb body functioning. Try to incorporate fresh fruit and veg into most meals.
Get enough protein. Several studies have shown that higher protein intake can boost your alertness. It may also help improve your mood.
Incorporate Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are found in many nuts, oils such as flaxseed and soybean oil, and dark green leafy vegetables. They are also found in fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, and sardines. Some research suggests that eating more fatty acids may have a mild protective effect against depression