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Bad Mood Busters: 35 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Mood

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We all feel down sometimes. Whether your issue is a symptom of chronic depression or just a short-term bad mood, finding ways to lift your spirits is key to feeling better and living healthier. There are a variety of options that can help improve your mood, no matter what's causing it. You'll find all the details on medications, therapy options, lifestyle modifications and more in our Depression Condition Center. We also recently turned to our vibrant Community for even more tried-and-true ideas. Many of our members are no stranger to depression and hard times, but they have also shared some of the tricks they use to bust bad moods and feel better. Perhaps some of these ideas can help you, too.

35 Bad Mood Busters We've Tried (that Can Help You, Too!)
1.      "Exercise has been the number one 'non-medical alternative' to turning around my depression. I started with just walks around the neighborhood, and then I joined some fitness classes. I'm taking a Zumba dance class and yoga, as well as a group strength training program. And now, three months later, I'm even running outside." – JULESROSE

2.      "There are two items I've found to be pretty powerful allies in my struggle against the big, bad 'D':  humor and creativity. They can be hard to summon sometimes, but I've found it so worthwhile to spend time cultivating them."  – CIRANDELLA

3.      "I find that it helps my mood when I don’t skip meals." – LOVESTOWALK49

4.      "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) worked really well for my PTSD." – SLIMMERKIWI

5.      "Salmon, tuna and other fatty fish rich in omega 3s have made a difference in my mood and are healthy meat alternatives. I always feel better after having fish." – LINWINAGAIN

6.      "I decided to help myself by setting several rules. I get out of bed by 9 a.m., take a St. John's Wort supplement, and get outside for at least 30 minutes every day." – PLANTAGO

7.      "Several things that help my mood are getting away from a situation that is causing the depression, having loving support and focusing on helping others." – __AMY__

8.      "I relieved my depression with a so called 'non-traditional' therapy but it wasn't a supplement or anything. It was a process or treatment called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). It sounds really weird, but it works for a lot of people. Its benefit may depend on what is causing your depression. Mine was due to things that had happened in the past that I was stuck on, and this helped me completely reprocess those things and move on!" – SADIE_B
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  • JMB369
    I use nearly ALL of these, but the change that has made the most difference for me is switching to a paleo diet. Those who know me well have all commented that I have more energy and fewer mood swings since I started this way of living and eating a year ago.

    I also make it a point to avoid negative people as much as possible. This means "live" and on TV!

    Did anyone mention giving and receiving hugs EVERY DAY? - 10/26/2015 8:43:09 AM
  • Exercise and EMDR for me. I find exercise has to be at least 30 minutes of increased HR to make a difference. The EMDR has been an integral part of my journey and the results are better than any pill I've taken in the past. Also being as mindful as possible and avoiding negative people and situations. - 7/13/2015 1:03:21 PM
  • Exercise and EMDR for me. I find exercise has to be at least 30 minutes of increased HR to make a difference. The EMDR has been an integral part of my journey and the results are better than any pill I've taken in the past. Also being as mindful as possible and avoiding negative people and situations. - 7/13/2015 1:03:21 PM
  • Dancing for me is the best - 7/13/2015 10:59:46 AM
  • The very act of smiling can help lift you as you are usually given a smile in return and it just keeps growing! - 6/12/2015 3:41:56 PM
    Focusing on dreams, goals, and aspirations in a positive, productive way helps a great deal. It's never too late to be what you want to be, or do what you want to do. When God steps in, miracles happen. - 6/5/2015 8:57:14 AM
  • I find putting motivational quotes on paper and posting them around my apartment helps me to stay focused and I feel better looking at them. I also find that listening to quiet meditative music calms me and puts me in a better frame of mind. Last but not least I find if I detox myself of the negative carbohydrates makes me feel better and clearer in the mind. - 5/31/2015 6:38:20 AM
  • JEANW2
    I was surprised to discover riding my exercise bike at a moderate pace for 30 minutes + 3 minutes cool down lifts my mood tremendously. Otherwise getting busy really helps. I'm interested in the Bach Flower therapy for anxiety, might give it a try. Though I have allergies so am careful about natural remedies since I'm allergic to various natural stuff. When I tried a dishwashing liquid with lavender my hands broke out just like they do when I get into poison ivy! - 5/30/2015 3:32:14 PM
  • Tackling my to-do list helps, since that's what's often the cause of the bad mood. - 4/1/2015 11:59:51 AM
  • I've suffered from clinical depression for many years and it's a combination of many things that deflect the effects. First I had to realize that I am in control of my life. It's up to me to climb out of bed in the morning, brush my teeth, etc. Second I have to involve myself in projects that keep my mind busy and not ruminating on my problems. If I realize that this is going to be a severe episode I go to my doctor for meds and set up some counseling sessions, because when too many life events happen I'm not able to handle it with my coping machinations alone. The title of this article really doesn't describe treating depression, but all in all, a solid article of coping techniques. - 4/1/2015 7:47:20 AM
    I find that spending time with a pet, sitting in a room with a favourite smell, reading, going for a long walk outside in the fresh air when the sun is up helps, drinking more water, getting a good nights rest, eating more veggies instead of sugary foods. I also find getting up earlier instead of waking up around noon helps. I also notice that when I get lots of vitamin D that I feel happier and have more energy. I take a mangesium powder that I put in my drink at night that helps me a whole lot with stress and anxiety and it helps me deal with it so much better. - 4/1/2015 3:53:59 AM
  • I don't get depressed very often; when I do it is rather mild. The primary reason is that I WHISTLE a lot. Classical, broadway, pop, golden oldies, whatever pops into my head. This is a lesson I learned by watching my Father, who I noticed even when I was in elementary school never seemed to be depressed. Maybe it was because it was a simpler, less pressurized life then, but my impression was his constant whistling. - 7/11/2014 9:56:13 PM
  • My favorite ways I deal with depression is exercise....Yeah, its hard to get started at times. But once I get out the door, I'm ready to get started. I do struggle to continue at times, but I remind myself how much better I will feel when I'm done. And I do!!! I feel like I can conquer the world! I have so much energy...I'm looking for stuff to do.
    My other method is my pets....I have 3 cats and they are so different from each other. Watching them I realize how they are like me. Mitze doesn't like to be bothered until she is ready for you. Shadow is very myself, he was abused and is very standoffish. But he can be soooo of affection. And then there is Sophie....she is a wild thing. She loves to play and is full of energy. She keeps the other 2 active. I can sit back and watch them for hours; The one thing they all have in common is purring. I love how they will be laying next to me in the morning just is so calming. When I am having a "moment" I just grab me a cat and start petting. The purr motors start up immediately! Stress just rolls right out of me. - 7/10/2014 9:58:48 PM
  • A bad mood isn't the same as depression. The article title refers to "Bad Mood Busters" and the article they refer to depression a lot. While the advice seems good, it seems important to mention these are not the same. - 7/9/2014 4:20:37 PM

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