Nothing. I am in a terrible mood. Perhaps you are, too!
Here, watch this video:
This is totally cute. Still in a terrible mood. Google “natural mood lifters.” Find “6 Easy, Natural Mood Lifters” on Self magazine’s site.
- Sweat to smile – A little stressed out? Of all of the things you can do to bring on calm, aerobic activity may be most effective. Studies show that workouts counteract stress-related memory loss by speeding up production of new nerve cells in the hippocampus, the brain’s memory processing center.
- Tweak your diet – “The omega-3 fatty acids in cold-water fish help the brain respond to signals from the mood chemicals dopamine and serotonin,” Ilardi says, adding, “The antioxidants and flavonoids in colorful fruit and veggies work in combination with omega-3s to protect the brain from harmful inflammation that can trigger depression.”
- Sleep off sadness – People who have insomnia have a fivefold risk of developing depression compared with those who are well rested, according to a study from the University of North Texas in Denton. Lack of sleep has also been linked to weight gain. Check out SELF’s Good-Sleep Guide for smart snoozing strategies—even if he snores like crazy all night long! If you aren’t getting seven to eight hours a night, you can seriously compromise your health (and put on pounds).
- Just say ‘om’ – Some studies suggest that regular meditation reduces the recurrence of depression as effectively as medication. If sitting and chanting aren’t appealing, start with baby steps by focusing on your breath. If your mind wanders, let your thoughts go and refocus on inhaling and exhaling. Aim to do this for a couple of minutes a few times a day—or anytime you feel like your head is ready to explode.
- See the light – “Sunlight is key for regulating your biological clock, which affects mood, sleep and energy,” Ilardi says. Depressed people exposed to bright light for an hour upon waking for five weeks experienced a 54 percent improvement in symptoms, finds a study from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
- Lean on a friend – Research from the University of Chicago suggests that having a close circle is critical; people who are lonely have increased levels of depression.
You realize that you are probably, actually, depressed. Wonder what has happened in the time since you were last really happy. A lot. You’ve been busy – traveling, planning, working, grieving, growing up. You haven’t gotten to spend actual time with your biddie friends in ages. And you’re going out of town again this weekend.
Go to the bathroom. Sigh because there is someone in the stall next to you – but wait! They’re flushing…. spend two minutes staring at the ceiling, annoyed with other women for spending so much time looking at themselves in the mirror. All you want is a little privacy because your long-distance male suitor is visiting for the week and you don’t want to poop at home. Curse yourself for drinking so much coffee. You never drink coffee!
Put on your “HIGH SCHOOL” mix on Grooveshark, which will provide you with all the angry tunes complete with heavy guitars and double bass that you’ll need to hate throughout the day: Thursday, Story of the Year, The Used, My Chemical Romance, and, of course, a touch of Dashboard Confessional to appease the softer side of your emo self. Sing to yourself:
My hands around your throat I think I hate you
We made the same mistakes, mistakes like friends do
My hands around your throat and I think I hate you
We made the same mistaakes we made the same mistaaaaaaaaakes