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27 Ways to Lift Your Mood in Minutes

May 15, 2012

What makes you feel amazing? What can snap you out of a bad mood in seconds?

One of the key things we learn at Integrative Nutrition is how to feel our whole selves with what we call “Primary Food” – the relationships, activities, work, exercise, and spiritual practices that fulfill our lives and fill us up in ways that food cannot.

Our community is great at feeding themselves with healthy doses of Vitamin L (love) and primary food. We asked our community what makes them feel their best, and here’s what they told us:

Working it out
Physical movement is high on the list. Many of us like to hit the gym, do some kickboxing, crank up the tunes and dance in our living room, shake it up in a high-energy Zumba class, or Zen out with yoga or tai chi.

Taking it outside
Connecting with nature, working in the garden, taking a long walk in the neighborhood or on the beach, or taking the dog for a walk were some favorites. 

Having more fun
Fun and laughter are good medicine for down moods. Laughing with a friend, watching a funny movie or show, flying a kite, and singing are ways we cheer ourselves up.

Connecting spiritually
Praying, meditating, journaling it out, writing a gratitude list, deep breathing, and reminding ourselves that this, too, shall pass, are all ways we go inside ourselves to reconnect and recharge. 

Happy mother and daughterConnecting with loved ones
Surrounding ourselves with our children, family, talking with a good friend, getting hugs, and even connecting with like-minded people on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets make us feel more connected and less alone. 

Nourishing with energizing food
A warm cup of tea, cooking a healthy meal, an energizing juice, or a taste of chocolate can lift our moods.

How do you cheer yourself up? Leave us a comment below or continue the conversation on Facebook.

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