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Boost your mood NOW: 4 quick ways to feel better

Posted at 1:48 PM, Feb 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-12 13:48:53-05

Whether it’s the short days and long nights or just the dreary weather, the winter season can make you blue—especially after the excitement of the holidays have passed.  Jennifer Tuma-Young, author of “Balance Your Life, Balance the Scale,” has made it her mission to help folks build their confidence and boost their mood.  She lost 100 pounds and turned her life around.  Now she’s sharing her positive outlook on life with others.  Check her tips on improving your mood.

1.) Gratitude Changes Your Attitude– Expressing gratitude instantly boosts our mood and increases our overall feeling of peace and joy! Have fun with gratitude by creating “Gratitude Game Night” with family or friends. Find fun paper and write notes to each other of what you’re thankful for! And remember, it’s never too late to appreciate – write letters to old friends or teachers who touched your life! If you’d rather appreciate alone, at night, keep a gratitude journal at your bedside and write down the things you are grateful for to relax before your head hits the pillow. Make it extra special and choose a pretty memory box or jewelry box that have sentimental value.  You will appreciate these emotional tokens that feed you happy thoughts!

2.) Smile Away the Blues – Did you know smiling, even forcing a smile, has been documented and proven to boost your mood because you release happy hormones simply by smiling?  So, instantly when you smile you boost your mood!  I was shocked to find out that about half of Americans wish they could change something about their smile.  So, get smiling more by focusing on your teeth.  If you have that one crooked tooth that annoys you every time you open your mouth, just fix it already and move on.  Did you know that Invislign has a new Express treatment that gets minor tooth imperfections straight in just 3 months?  This way, you can show off that smile and do it while know one knows you’re in treatment!

3.) Pack ‘em In – Instead of sitting home alone shivering, have a group of friends over for a Hot Cocoa Party to watch Glee or Grease! Having more people generates more heat, and for every degree you turn down your thermostat, you save about 3% on your heating bills. So, lower the heat and raise a ruckus by having a fun “Girls Night In!”

4.) Get Moving – We all know that getting your heart rate up keeps you healthy and boosts your mind and body.  However, some of us don’t have the time every day to get in the recommended 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week.  According to a study done at University of Tennessee, people who walked an extra 4,000 to 5,000 steps each day lowered their blood pressure by an average of 11 points.  My suggestion is to try to find different ways to get your heart rate up – like walking a bit faster while you window shop or maybe head to your favorite museum for the extra walking exercise — that way, you’re stimulating both your body and mind!