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.
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 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.
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.