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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 March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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