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What can I do to help lift myself out of a depressive mood?

We all get depressed from time to time. Sometimes these down periods last a few hours but often a great deal longer.

Although some people can suffer from severe depression, most of us only ever experience a very mild form.

There is a temptation to reach straight for anti-depressant medication as soon as a bout of depression sets in. However, there are several more natural solutions you should try before automatically popping a pill...

Seek out sunshine
If you're feeling down, the first thing you should do is get some fresh air. Getting enough daylight is absolutely essential for your emotional and mental well being. Light deprivation can lead to fatigue, depression and an inability to focus.

Healthy diet for happiness
A healthy balanced diet will help control your brain chemistry encouraging a more positive outlook and enabling you to make the right decisions to address the causes of your depression. Vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids also play an important role in the areas of the brain that control mood.

Exercise those blues away
Just a ten minute workout can have a dramatic effect on your overall mood. This is primarily because exercise creates endorphins (hormones found mainly in the brain), which, to some degree, stimulate happiness.

Get away from it all

A holiday can be just the boost you need to leave your depression behind. Meeting new people, experiencing different cultures or just getting away from your daily life can have a tremendous effect on your mood.

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