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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 May 15, 2019

                      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                      As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

                      “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

                      When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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                      Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

                      We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

                      But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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                      So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

                      It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

                      1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

                      Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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                      2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

                      This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

                      You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

                      3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

                      This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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                      4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

                      How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

                      So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

                      If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

                      And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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