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Bad Mood Busters: 35 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Mood

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  • I go the therapy, and my therapist uses the EMDR. I also take St. John's Wort, a b-vitamin supplement. I have two cats and a dog which help SO MUCH. My furbabies are awesome. For me, I really need to work on my sleep (getting 8 hrs, establishing a consistent sleeping patterm, etc.). I think that would help. And I think if I go to church that would help. But think article has a lot of good ideas in it I want to check out. :-)
  • This is a great list! Thank you!!!
  • Great suggestions - thanks for sharing
  • SparkPeople is my new friend 3/06/2016 and accountability partner. I like the rewards system which I find encourages me to be a learner and user of the SparkPeople website... Thank you Chris Downie for caring and for making a difference by creating this service website for me and others.

    Sleeping 7-8 hours is the most important for me to make my best decisions. Whether I exercise or not, drink plenty H2o, choose healthy live foods, complete daily task timely, start something new, stay on a project to finish as planned, stay away from sugar and sugar forming foods or drinks, take quality supplements regularly, and my ability to act and interact is enhanced by my taking good rest.

    I learned to create a bedtime routine. When dusk begins I like to close curtains, turn on small nite lite, and pull the covers down on my bed. I think wow, I have my place of rest waiting for me to enter in. Awwwh... I'm going to bed now.. good night.....
  • JMB369
    I use nearly ALL of these, but the change that has made the most difference for me is switching to a paleo diet. Those who know me well have all commented that I have more energy and fewer mood swings since I started this way of living and eating a year ago.

    I also make it a point to avoid negative people as much as possible. This means "live" and on TV!

    Did anyone mention giving and receiving hugs EVERY DAY?
  • Exercise and EMDR for me. I find exercise has to be at least 30 minutes of increased HR to make a difference. The EMDR has been an integral part of my journey and the results are better than any pill I've taken in the past. Also being as mindful as possible and avoiding negative people and situations.
  • Exercise and EMDR for me. I find exercise has to be at least 30 minutes of increased HR to make a difference. The EMDR has been an integral part of my journey and the results are better than any pill I've taken in the past. Also being as mindful as possible and avoiding negative people and situations.
  • Dancing for me is the best
  • The very act of smiling can help lift you as you are usually given a smile in return and it just keeps growing!
  • BROWNSUGARSHACK
    Focusing on dreams, goals, and aspirations in a positive, productive way helps a great deal. It's never too late to be what you want to be, or do what you want to do. When God steps in, miracles happen.
  • I find putting motivational quotes on paper and posting them around my apartment helps me to stay focused and I feel better looking at them. I also find that listening to quiet meditative music calms me and puts me in a better frame of mind. Last but not least I find if I detox myself of the negative carbohydrates makes me feel better and clearer in the mind.
  • JEANW2
    I was surprised to discover riding my exercise bike at a moderate pace for 30 minutes + 3 minutes cool down lifts my mood tremendously. Otherwise getting busy really helps. I'm interested in the Bach Flower therapy for anxiety, might give it a try. Though I have allergies so am careful about natural remedies since I'm allergic to various natural stuff. When I tried a dishwashing liquid with lavender my hands broke out just like they do when I get into poison ivy!
  • Tackling my to-do list helps, since that's what's often the cause of the bad mood.
  • LCERTUCHE
    I've suffered from clinical depression for many years and it's a combination of many things that deflect the effects. First I had to realize that I am in control of my life. It's up to me to climb out of bed in the morning, brush my teeth, etc. Second I have to involve myself in projects that keep my mind busy and not ruminating on my problems. If I realize that this is going to be a severe episode I go to my doctor for meds and set up some counseling sessions, because when too many life events happen I'm not able to handle it with my coping machinations alone. The title of this article really doesn't describe treating depression, but all in all, a solid article of coping techniques.

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