Boost Your Mood This Season
Most people experience feeling down, unhappy, or anxious for one reason or another. When these feelings occur often, it can lead to continued feelings of irritability and restlessness. Emotional distress is a normal feeling and part of our daily life. While sometimes we cannot do anything about the source of our stress, we can do a thing or two to boost our mood. Taking steps to improve physical health can help boost mood. For example, many types of exercise have mood-boosting benefits, like outdoor exercise. Diet plays an important role in maintaining mood. Be sure to eat a well-balanced diet rich in whole grains, lean meats, vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts. Here are some examples of food that can help boost your mood this season:
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids our body cannot produce hence, we need to get them from our diet. Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory actions that may help relieve depression and interact with mood-related molecules inside the brain. Fish, seafood, nuts, seeds, hemp, flax, and chia seeds are excellent sources of omega-3 fats.
Oats are a whole grain that can keep you in good spirits all morning. Oats provide the fiber that can stabilize your blood sugar levels and boost your mood. They’re also high in iron, which may improve mood symptoms in those with iron deficiency anemia. There are different ways to prepare oats. Try overnight oats for a convenient breakfast, or use your leftover oats to your morning smoothie.
Dark chocolate is rich in compounds that may increase feel-good chemicals in your brain.
These compounds can increase blood flow to your brain and boost brain health, which may support mood regulation. Chocolate’s pleasurable taste, texture, and smell promote a good mood. Go for dark chocolate (70-85% cocoa) for higher nutrient contents.
Berries pack a wide range of antioxidants and healthful compounds, which play an important role in managing any imbalance of the harmful compounds in your body. A diet rich in antioxidants may help manage inflammation associated with depression and other mood disorders. Add berries to your morning oats or to your smoothie for extra fiber and antioxidants.