Believe it or not, cooking
actually releases stress hormones and lightens up your mood in a matter of
minutes. It engages all the senses and brings about an almost miraculous effect
in changing your mood. Dr Andrew Weil, practitioner of Integrative medicine,
advises his patients to use this method, coupled with yoga and meditation to
achieve a relaxed state. Spend a good 20 minutes cooking your favorite
dish-right from chopping to stirring. Relish the joy of creating something
truly wonderful, and let others consume something you've painstakingly made.
through old photos:
family pictures have their way of reviving good times by activating that part
of the brain which stores positive memories. Studies show that viewing family
pictures can combat depression upto 11%, as compared to chocolate and alcohol
that can achieve a mere 3%. Keep a rotating screensaver of your happy moments
with your family on your computer.
(the ancient Indian science of construction and architecture) experts bet on
this fact-a clutter filled and disorganized room is bound to attract negative
energies. There's a simple rule; if you de-clutter your desk, it de-clutters
your mind. Pending bills and work left strewn on the desk signify your pending
works; clearing them up causes your brain to think you are clearing the
4. Keep a
medicine practitioners around the world are serious worshippers of pet therapy.
Keeping a pet has many benefits. Firstly, there's unconditional love-you know
your pet loves you no matter what. Taking your dog for a walk, playing with a
dog or a cat, or just lazing around home with your kitten can boost your
spirits, studies say.
seems to be the first line of defense when it comes to beating depression.
Listening to some upbeat music for 5-10 minutes can instantly take you to the
happier side and even have you bouncing with joy.
into your sanctuary:
sanctuary is that personal space you love getting into; it may be a simple walk
at the beach, or a nice hour in the bathtub reading a good book. Whatever it
is, go ahead and indulge.
with like-minded people and friends lifts up your happiness quotient, studies
show. Be it Facebook, Twitter, or a simple lunch with your friends, it can help
you catch up with some 'healthy' gossip. Socializing is thought to remove
negative feelings and release the feel-good hormones.
8. Cue up
is oozing with videos that can help you combat depression in a matter of
minutes. Funny videos, animal acts, affirmational hypnosis videos and law of
attraction documentaries—take your pick. A hearty laugh produces a chemical
reaction that instantly boosts mood, relieves stress, perks up your immunity
and more. Make it a point to remind yourself to giggle the next time you fall
into the deep blue recesses of sadness.
9. Do a
you're down with sadness, get up and try to bring a smile on someone else's
face. Studies show that people who volunteer tend to be happier than those who
don't. Life isn't that cruel. Try to spread happiness by starting with small
things. Thank the waiter for serving you your lunch at the restaurant, smile at
the cleaning lady in your house, or give away some small personal things you
really like—such as your favorite tee or your funky shades.
Re-think your retail therapy:
Yes, shopping is a great stress buster, but when
it empties your pocket, it brings even more stress. So, before you rush to the
mall with your credit card, the next blue-spell, think of a wiser way to spend
money. Shop only and only for stuff you'll really use, look for bargains and
discounts, or even better, buy movie tickets. Researchers say that people
spending money on movies, outings and dinners are more likely to be happy than
those who spoil themselves with luxury shopping.
may sound strange, but merely the act of walking around in a public place can
lift your mood. Observing the surroundings can take your mind off the
negativity and sadness, instantly uplifting your mood. Before you know it,
you'll be smiling to yourself, watching children playing or a romantic couple
with the 'good fats' like omega 3 fatty acids, nuts and fishes are your best
'diet-way' to combat depression. Studies show that 106 healthy adults who
consumed nuts or fishes on a daily basis scored upto 58% better on
psychological tests than those who did not.