I’ve been known to snap at more than one innocent bystander when in the throes of a bad mood. Who, after all, hasn’t? Bad moods are inevitable. No one can be all sunshine and roses all of the time. Eventually, something will cloud up your clear skies. And when that happens, you’re cranky, whiny, irritable, down right mean and nasty. No one wants to be around you. In fact, you don’t even want to be around you. You’d much rather be in a good mood, but how do you get there?
There is any number of options. You could try the “hallmark card” suggestions: think of someone or something you’re thankful for, do something nice, remember that you aren’t alone etc. As cheesy as they seem, they do work. Dwelling on the good things in your life is a great way to blot out the bad. However if after trying them your bad mood still won’t budge, there are alternative methods, such as listening to music or taking a breathing break. And those are great to know about, but wouldn’t it be easier if you could prevent bad moods before they start? Absolutely! And you can, sort of.
What you do every day, what you put in your body, what you put your body through can affect your mood. Sleep, for example, will either help make you happier or increase your crankiness. It all depends on if you get enough. The same goes for exercise. Studies have shown that 30 minutes of movement, five times a week can alleviate chronic sadness, and just a short, 15-minute walk can turn your mood around for up to two hours. But should you want even more help staying happy, consider omega-3 fatty acids. Found in fish and fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids are thought to help eliminate depression. It has actually been proven that people who live in areas with high fish consumption have lower rates of depression and vice versa. And in specific studies of omega-3 fatty acids, researchers have found that the compound has definite positive effects. So, it seems pretty simple doesn’t it? Sleep enough, exercise, have some omega-3 fatty acids and make way for a happier you.
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