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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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  • 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
    I also have fibromyalgia and I read an article that Sam-e, St John's wort and 5htp taken together can help Fibro pain, well it also helped my depression. That and trying to think positively seems to help keep my depression in check. I still have some bad days but don't we all. - 7/9/2014 12:20:51 PM
  • I can think of lots of things that I do to bring up my mood, including exercise (especially on sunny days!), talking to friends, meditation and prayer, and wonderful hugs from friends and family. However, what really does the trick is fostering animals. I'm currently fostering 9 kittens!! It's hard to be down when you have a pair of kittens wrestling in front of you, a couple of them using you for a nap mat, and others figuring out the world of your living room! Plus the difference you are making in the lives of the animals and their eventual forever homes - it's awesome! - 7/9/2014 11:02:24 AM
  • Love, love, love EMDR. It has been an absolute savior for me. I'm so glad you mentioned it. - 2/27/2014 8:42:07 PM
  • Aromatherapy, meditation, yoga.... Anything that includes body/mind/spirit healing and relaxation has helped me immensely with my depression or bad moods. I also like the suggestion of reading the bible along with prayer. - 1/10/2014 3:49:01 PM
  • Great suggestions! I already use some and will try others.

    FYI: Fish is a protein and a meat alternative. Meat is red blooded and has more saturated fats in it. Look at any medical definition of fish and it is a meat alternative! - 12/30/2013 2:08:16 AM
  • "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

    FYI: Fish are meat therefore cannot be a meat alternative. - 12/26/2013 2:52:29 PM
    I find that when I SMILE I feel a rush of positive energy. I also try to think positively and ignore the negativity in my life. - 12/26/2013 10:52:07 AM
  • RONAN1
    Thanks Sweet D50, Your answer for mood adjustment is the best! - 12/26/2013 7:21:57 AM
  • This article, waiting in my email, was so appropriate for today. I am alone this Christmas and thinking back to the only other Christmas I was alone - well, let's just say Christmas Day alone is NEVER going to happen again. My daughter and son-in-law will just have to get used to me being there and they can celebrate Christmas with his parents the weekend before! I did not think it would be a big deal but I went to Christmas Eve service last night and it was so depressing in a way. Everyone else there was with family. I did not see another single person. I just cried.

    I am going to use one of the tips and get dressed, take a walk and think about what Christ did for me. - 12/25/2013 1:15:50 PM
  • Mindful conduct, no matter what kind, helps me center myself. And that's a great way for me to stabilize myself. - 12/25/2013 3:16:21 AM
  • Several great suggestions that I plan to implement. Thank you! - 12/22/2013 8:59:16 AM
  • My daughter's female Maine Coon comes to see me after work and all the cares of the world disappear. That and recalling Christ's work for ME on the cross.
    - 12/17/2013 8:29:32 PM

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