Ian MacLaren once said, “Be kind for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” Life, at times, can take all that we have. I want to discuss today a few ways that may help us to regain that beautiful smile!

Take a Deep Breath

Literally taking a deep breath reduces stress that is plaguing you. People who suffer from depression are often very shallow breathers and by taking deeper breaths you are increasing the amount of oxygen that you allow into your lungs. Breathing deeply can also release neurotransmitters in the brain that are associated with happy, calm feelings.

Eat Some Fish

Many people lack Omega-3 fatty acids in their diet and those Omega-3s can really boost your mood and concentration. A diet with the right amount of Omega-3s can easily be attained through the eating of fish or taking supplements.

Eat Fat

You won’t hear many cardiologists promoting this, but people with diets that are low in fat are prone to depression and anxiety. The majority of your brain, and the cells in your body for that matter, are made up of fat. Seek out the foods that have the better saturated fats and enjoy a little extra.

Drink More Water

Dehydration can cause you to feel lethargic and unmotivated. Hydrating yourself can help you feel re-energized and ready to go. Often we are most susceptible to dehydration in the morning, so it is very important to drink plenty of water first thing in the morning and that will get you moving.

Splurge on That Special Something

Reward yourself for all the wonderful things you do. Sometimes the simplest of gifts that you buy for yourself can really elevate your mood. It has been shown in research that even a small token can make you feel happier and less anxious.

Our body, and how we treat it, has such a huge influence on our moods. It is imperative that we focus on being healthier and by even making small and simple changes, we can see real benefits. Next issue we will again explore ways to enhance our moods, which will allow us to keep searching for that smile!

God Bless You,
Pastor Jason Phillips
Counselor, Royal Palm Christian Counseling