Boost Your Mood In Six Simple Steps
Did you know that habitual pessimism has been linked to a higher risk of dying before age 65? Conversely, regularly expressing positive emotions, such as optimism, is associated with a variety of health benefits: lowered production of the stress hormone cortisol, better immune function, and reduced risk of chronic diseases. If you are stressed-out or anxious, which can be a cause or effect of a pessimistic outlook, try the following:
- Build health-promoting habits by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep. Also consider adding a high-quality fish oil supplement, as the added omega-3 fatty acid may support a better mood.
- Express your emotional reactions honestly so you can effectively deal with what’s bothering you.
- Consider journaling and put pen to paper to keep your focus on the here and now.
- Confide in someone – your mate, a good friend or a trusted relative.
- Laugh. Even fake laughter has healthful benefits. Watch a comedy, tell stories with close friends and family, or just start smiling and laughing in the mirror.
- View the cup as half full instead of half empty. Start by ending each day listing three to five positive things that happened that day.
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