3 Steps to Improve Your Mood

We all have bad days occasionally, but the annoying thing about bad days is that they always seem to go from bad to worse. But that doesn’t have to be the case! If you find yourself having a bad day, here are three steps to help improve your mood.

 

1.       Focus on the positives

 

One mental exercise that can cheer you up is to simply focus on the things you enjoy. Write them down or make a note in your phone, even if those things are as simple as getting to see your dog at the end of the day or making brownies. After listing a few happy thoughts, you may find that you’re looking forward to them and feeling less upset about whatever was bringing you down.

 

2.       Go out

When you’re having a bad day, it’s easy to feel unaccomplished. Sometimes it helps to leave and do something. Whether that means going to the laundromat and doing laundry or enjoying a walk through the park, moving about can help clear your mind.

 

3.       Eat a healthy meal

Sometimes all you need to make yourself feel better is good food. Cooking can be a relaxing and even fun task, but eating healthy food can actually affect your mood. According to Dr. Drew Ramsey, kale contains carotenoids, which can help you feel more optimistic, and omega-3 ALA, a plant-based omega-3 that is linked to a lower risk of depression1. Adding some probiotics to your diet can help boost your mood too; a study from the Netherlands found that participants who took a probiotic supplement had less anxious and depressive symptoms than those who took a placebo2. Talk about a happy gut!

Want to try a probiotic kale pick-me-up? Try our new Probiotic Kale! This healthy snack will definitely be something you can put on your list of positives.

1 Ramsey, Drew. “This Is Your Brain on Kale.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc., 1 Sept. 2013. Web. 1 Aug. 2016.

2Oaklander, Mandy. “Can Probiotics Improve Your Mood?” Time. Time Inc., 10 Apr. 2015. Web. 1 Aug. 2016.