Five ways to improve your mood

By Drum Digital
20 May 2014

Moms (just like everyone else!) have days when we just don’t feel like ourselves. Sometimes we know exactly what’s wrong; sometimes it’s just an uneasy feeling. But one thing’s for sure – our kids, young or old, can sense when we’re unhappy. Here are five quick ways to improve your mood before it gets the better of you.

Moms (just like everyone else!) have days when we just don’t feel like ourselves. Sometimes we know exactly what’s wrong; sometimes it’s just an uneasy feeling. But one thing’s for sure – our kids, young or old, can sense when we’re unhappy. Here are five quick ways to improve your mood before it gets the better of you.

  1. Look at old pictures: Take out the baby album or look at pictures of your favourite vacation. Let the memories take you back to that happy place and feel your mood lift.
  2. Eat yourself happy: Try munching on some nuts or having a salmon salad. Both foods are rich in omega 3 fats and studies have shown these fats make people less prone to depression.
  3. Play with a pet: Few things put a smile on your face quicker than watching your beloved pet doing adorable things.
  4. Dance: It helps relax your muscles and relieves tension in your body. Dance like nobody’s watching; lose yourself in the music and movement. You can also go for a walk. It improves your brain function and mood!
  5. Choose happiness: There are bad days and good days but you can make a conscious decision to be happy on the bad days. Be happy for all you’re worth; smile because you’re alive. And always keep all the good things, like your loving family, in mind.

And when none of the above makes you feel any better, remember there’s nothing wrong with a good cry. It’s cathartic and helps you process whatever’s bothering you. Just don’t spend too much time doing it.

Need a helping hand?

If your mood just won’t lift and you suspect you need help, click here to go to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group’s website.

-Londiwe Dlomo

Sources: prevention.com, thestrokefoundation.com, voices.yahoo.com, sadag.org

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