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4 Simple Ways to Fight 'The Blues'

By: Inter Valley Health Plan





While not a precise psychological or medical term, "the blues" refers to an extended mood of sadness or melancholy. Though suffering from the blues is fairly normal that doesn't make the experience desirable or enjoyable. Being able to fight off the blues is a good life skill. Here are four good ways recover from a bout with the blues.

1. Exercise. The physical challenge of even a mildly strenuous workout makes it harder to focus on worries and problems. People who feel as though they are stuck in a mental rut often find that just getting up and moving helps them feel better. Walk for 30 minutes a day. The feeling of accomplishment will banish negative thoughts. Plus, exercise naturally causes the brain to release endorphins, the chemicals associated with feelings of happiness.

2. Practice gratitude. Everyone has things for which they should be grateful. Take a step back and remember all that is good about life. Focus on the bright side for just a few moments to put troubles and worries in the right perspective. A grateful attitude toward the world can completely alter your viewpoint.

3. Spend time outside. Staying almost all day inside is unnatural and unhealthy, both physically and mentally. Go out into nature to refresh your spirit and remind yourself of the larger world that exists outside of your problems. The beauty and life found in nature will inspire a more relaxed, positive mood. Plus, simply being in sunlight is healthy and has been associated with increased happiness.

4. Be social. Oftentimes, feelings of sadness are triggered or encouraged by isolation. A person who is alone is much more likely to become stuck inside of their own head, forgetting that a whole world exists beyond their personal troubles. Spend time with others, it’s the perfect antidote to this problem. A simple conversation, even on a trivial topic, can remind you that you are not alone.

While the blues are a fact of life, that doesn't mean there's nothing that can be done about them. In fact, mild unhappiness and discontent can usually be dealt with quickly, if a proactive approach is taken. Use these four simple methods, they’re likely to have a positive effect.

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