With darker days approaching you might be feeling the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. It you are looking to ways to lift your mood then I have some great ideas to share with you. These ideas will help you to feel happier.

lift your mood

Spend time with a close friend to lift your mood

Studies have shown that regular social contact works as well as antidepressants and professional talking therapies. Spending time with a friend also boosts your confidence, reduces anxiety and makes you more likely to go out.

Eat a well balance diet

Making healthier choices when it comes to your diet can make a massive difference to how you feel. From increasing your self-esteem to helping your body and brain work well together, reaching for healthier choices is a great ideas. You can even save money on superfoods.

Stroke a pet

Stroking a dog or cat increases your levels of the mood-boosting hormones oxytocin and dopamine. The pet doesn’t have to be yours. If you don’t own a pet, you could volunteer at a local animal shelter.

Get out of a rut

A change of scene can work wonders when we’re feeling low. Take a day trip somewhere new or go to the cinema. Even walking a different route to work or the shops can help make you feel more positive.

You might find that a book like Create Your Own Calm helps you to get out of a rut too.

Go for a walk to lift your mood

In the autumn and winter months many of us don’t get enough sunlight or vitamin D. Whenever the weather brightens up take the opportunity to pop outside – just 10 minutes a couple times a day will make a big difference to your mood. 

If you don’t want to walk then gardening is great.

Eat oily fish

People who eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to suffer depression. Good sources include oily fish, such as mackerel and salmon, opt for flax seeds, beans and walnuts.

Get Freebies Straight to your Inbox

There are always free trial offers to take advantage of from streaming services and fitness classes to free food and household items. Never miss a freebie again by signing up to the Mrs Pinch Freebie Mailing List. Just enter your name and email address below to get the latest freebies emailed straight to you. .