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10 Mood-Boosting Foods That Can Cure A Bad Day

10 Mood-Boosting Foods That Can Cure A Bad Day

Some foods may comfort you and make you feel good at the time. But if you really want to make your day better, there are some foods that really can boost your mood long term. Curious to know what they are? I can tell you — they are not what you’d expect. So, let met tell you what these foods are and why they help you cure your bad day.

1. Celery

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    As I said, some surprising foods can cure your bad day. This crunchy green is refreshing and helpful. Celery has a chemical that lowers the amount of stress hormones you have in your blood. Your body will stress less and you can carry on feeling more relaxed.

    2. Barley

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      During the day, you need some carbs to fill up on. There are plenty of carbs in your comfort foods which will satisfy you, but they may not make you happy. Barley is a complex carbohydrate, so it will stimulate your brain to make “happy hormones,” or serotonin. This is a great way to lighten your mood.

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      3. Spinach

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        Add spinach to your shopping list! Spinach has folate in it, and the more you have in your blood, the better you’ll feel. Not only does it cure a bad day, it can even decrease feelings of depression. Better add spinach to your daily food plan!

        4. Bananas

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          If you don’t sleep well at night and that’s making you have a bad day, you might have a low copper intake. Bananas are just one of the foods that will give you a little boost. Try eating a banana for dessert, and who knows, you may just improve your night and day.

          5. Salmon

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            Salmon is high in omega-3. It may not be the only fish with lots of omega-3, but with fish you need to be careful — some fish have lots of metals and can cause negative effects, such as developmental problems in children. It still is important to take in plenty of omega-3, since it eases symptoms of depression. Try to eat fish about twice a week to keep the bad days away!

            6. Water

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              Being sad, down, or annoyed can be caused by being dehydrated. Do you take in enough water? Try to drink at least 8 glasses or 2 liters every day. Dehydration doesn’t just make you have a bad day, but it can cause many other health problems.

              7. Tea

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                Theanine is equal to caffeine, but in tea. Drinking tea daily can help you focus, because of the amino acids present. Enjoy up to 6 cups a day to feel the benefits.

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                8. Saffron

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                  Saffron has been used for centuries as an antidepressant. There have been studies to show the effectiveness of saffron, which is claimed to be equally effective as any antidepressant given by medical professionals. If you have a bad day, but think it may be more than that, saffron will help you get back on your feet and feel good. Try adding a little to your favorite dishes!

                  9. Kidney Beans

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                    Kidney beans have lots of positive minerals that you need to feel better. They contain magnesium, iron, folate, and selenium. All of these are important to help you feel better. Kidney beans are like a little present on a rainy day. If you feel down, eat some kidney beans!

                    10. Clams

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                      Clams, as well as mussels, are rich in B12. B12 has often been said to help when you are low in energy, but it also helps with your brain function. B12 is not found in that many foods, so you need to make sure you take in plenty. And if you want your brain to be able to function normally, you need to keep the B12 coming.

                      Photo Credits: Celery, Barley, Spinach, Banana, Salmon, Water, Tea, Saffron, Kidney Beans and Clams via Creative Commons.

                      Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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                      Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                      1. Breathe

                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                      2. Loosen up

                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                      3. Chew slowly

                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                      4. Let go

                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                      It’s not. Promise.

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                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                      5. Enjoy the journey

                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                      6. Look at the big picture

                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                      Will this matter to me…

                      • Next week?
                      • Next month?
                      • Next year?
                      • In 10 years?

                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                      8. Practice patience every day

                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                      Final thoughts

                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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