There was a study done several years ago to determine why certain people live to be over 100 years old. They looked at all factors including family history, diet, lifestyle, and geography.
There was one factor that was common to most of those studied. They had a purpose. They had a reason to wake up in the morning. I could be a job, caretaking, an interest that requires attention, or plans for the future.
Having a purpose or a goals goes a long way toward improving mood and self esteem. Find an interest and pursue it. Have a reason to get up in the morning. You may well live longer and actually want to accomplish this.
I am not only a counselor and coach. I am person first and foremost. Becoming depressed or having a depressed mood is a part of having normal human emotions. I have always recommended that my clients increase activity in order to help improve their mood. This is also what most mental health professionals suggest.
I had a reminder of how effective activity can be in improving mood. I recently joined a Gym in order to improve my overall health. This morning I was feeling pretty “blah” and had a hard time motivating myself. I finally got myself out of the house and to the gym. Once I got into the workout my mood improved and the blahs disappeared. Simply getting moving helped a great deal.
If you are experiencing a depressed mood, GET MOVING!!!! It changes brain chemistry and improves mood naturally.
Did you know that a smile can change your brain chemistry and help to improve your mood? When you are feeling down, give it a try.