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Bad Mood Busters: 35 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Mood

Easy Ways to Feel Better Fast

-- By SparkPeople Staff
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9.      "Journaling can be good therapy for those who are depressed, suffering from a chronic illness, or are going through some rough times in their lives. I like to write about all the good things that have happened in my day as well as the bad. I often look back on the bad days to see how far I have progressed. The time spent is very therapeutic and relaxing for me!"  – ADAJLIM

10.   "The Spark Diet and SparkPeople lifestyle is wonderful for me. Combining it with the "Mind Over Mood" workbook by Padrewsky and Greenberger, continued psych appointments, and a strong support system has allowed me to be better than ever." – PLANCINA

11.   "Five years ago, my therapist suggested that I purchase a Seasonal Affective Disorder lamp and I did. It is a good one and it has done wonders for me. I usually sit under it for about 20 minutes in the morning and can actually feel myself getting stimulated for the day." – DAVIDMCK

12.   "This is going to sound so simple, but what works for me is getting the right amount of sleep and exercise as well as petting my dogs."  – TRIXIERACER5

13.   "I've had a lot of luck with aromatherapy.  A friend suggested I use lavender in an oil diffuser, dropping about 10-15 drops into the water. Lavender can help with bipolar issues and depression."  – WRITINGBEAR

14.   "Getting enough magnesium helped my depression. I take either magnesium citrate or magnesium sulfate if I’m not getting enough in my diet." – CARENA

15.   "I recently was given this fantastic cream by my homeopathic specialist that contains essential oils of menthol, eucalyptus, lavender and vitamin E. As a bonus, it has been fantastic for my sinus headaches, too, in addition to my mood." – SANDYJ0822SS

16.   "I prefer non-medical treatments when they are effective. I can't afford counseling, but several other things have helped me make progress. SAM-e  definitely takes the edge off! My husband noticed a difference and now he makes sure that I don't run out! I have been taking a multivitamin with calcium, magnesium and vitamin D for my bone health, but I think it has also improved my mood. Exercise has helped a lot except for when I am really bad. When I am despondent or really upset, I seem to just get upset at my workout and quit. As long as I am just 'down' or feeling well overall, then working out usually helps, especially in the long run." – QUASAR7
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  • 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
  • SONGVENT
    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
  • AVOGLI
    this article helped me so much. I am bring fish back into my menu and exercise - 12/17/2013 7:39:12 PM
  • Great tips! Will come back and re-read again. - 12/17/2013 11:39:39 AM
  • My dogs and the love of my husband help with feeling down but also eating well and reading articles on Spark are a real boost. - 12/17/2013 11:08:56 AM