Exercise. It's always worth repeating that exercise is PROVEN to lift your mood. Maybe that's why I am such a positive person - because I love to move around and get my blood flowing! Anything from a walk to some push ups or (my favorite) - dancing - will perk up your body and put your mind in a better place. Give it a try: Next time you feel blue or anxious, set a timer and jump up and down, walk around quickly, or lift some weights for 2-3 minutes. You WILL feel the positive effects movement has on your mental state!
Breathe. Managing on your breathing is a great way to address stress and anxiety - instantly! I love to stop and focus on my breathing when I feel tension coming on. It helps to not only relax my mind and body but oftentimes actually gives the situation a different perspective, so I end up in a more positive state of mind! My magazine has some extra tips on breathing, so get your copy on newsstands or online today, but in the meantime, if you feel a blue mood coming on, stop, take a deep breathe, hold it and as you exhale focus on the positives in life!
Tend to a Houseplant. Michigan State University put out research showing that taking care of a houseplant just a few minutes a day lowers the levels of cortisol - also known as your stress hormone. So buy a plant - you can find them at a local garden shop or even your grocery store - look up online the best way to care for it, then reap the benefits of the green, living plant in your home.
I hope these tips help YOU when you feel blue, anxious or stressed. You can find even more healthy mood boosters in my Fit Over 50: Fall Into Fitness magazine available now!
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