3 Fast Tricks to Boost Your Mood
Whether you’re dealing with work stress, personal problems, or just getting bummed out watching the news these days, it’s easy to fall into a funk—and may be tough to pull yourself out.
If you’ve been feeling blue for a while, it can help to talk with a mental health professional. But research also suggests there are some quick and easy things you can do to feel better, at least temporarily and perhaps even long-term, says Stephen Schueller, PhD, assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies. If you’ve got a free hour and you’re looking for a pick-me-up, here’s how he suggests you spend it.
Get some exercise
Exercise has been shown to boost the production of endorphins in the brain, and numerous studies indicate that the feel-good glow after a workout can last at least several hours. Now, a new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that getting as little as one hour of exercise a week may even help prevent some cases of depression from developing.