Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Simple Ways to Feel Happier

There are times when events in our life make us depressed. These things may be as simple as losing a pet, not passing a job interview, or unlikely events like losing someone very special to us. Sometimes, we even become depressed without knowing the reason behind it.

Here are some simple ways to improve your mood and cope up from the depression caused by these unwanted events:

Have Quality Sleep
Having eight hours of sleep is not the only thing that's important in having a good sleep. Quality sleep can be achieved by having a clear and relaxed mind before sleeping. This can be achieved by avoiding watching television or surfing the internet before sleeping. Meditating, breathing exercises, massage, and stretching exercises before sleep also relaxes our body and mind. Also, avoid sleeping for more than eight hours, as this can make you feel even more restless and tired the next day.

Eat Right
Eating the right types of food has great effect on how you feel. Food that is sure to make you feel good are fruits and vegetables. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and instantly feel its benefits.

Exercise Regularly
Exercising is a good way of making yourself feel happier by releasing the chemicals in our brain which is in charge of making us feel good. While exercising can be tiring at first, the benefits are felt right after exercising - a lighter, stress-free feeling, not to mention its long-term benefits. Exercise can be simple 30-minutes-a-day exercises, like running, stretching, yoga, weight training, etc.

Meditation is one great way to clear our mind. Other exercises like breathing exercises also have some similar effects to our body and mind.

Be Positive
Even if you are doing all the things written above, if you are not positive at all, there is nothing that can make you feel better. Our mind is one of the greatest things that we have and have control of. If we can control how our mind can work and think, then we can surely control how we feel.

While these may just be simple ways to improve your mood, you should not under-estimate the wonderful effects that these may bring. Also, while they may be simple things, these are not easy to follow on a daily basis. It takes a lot of discipline to exercise daily, choose what to eat, set time for meditation, and have enough quality sleep.

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