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5 Ways to Boost Your Mood

Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. At this time of year, an additional 5% of people have winter/fall depression or seasonal affective syndrome- and higher in women more than men.

Symptoms of Fall depression;

sadness, lack of interest in other things, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, reduced sex drive, eating disorders, more severe cases thoughts of suicide.

Get outside ~ People who hiked 3 hours a week were more energized, felt calmer and happier than those who walked indoors. So many activities to still be involved in from the HOT CHOCOLATE 5K to ART RUN CHICAGO.. these types of activities bring people together where they can walk or run - while getting that burst of good feeling endorphins, burning calories and supporting charities.

Eat these foods - Research has identified nine nutrients essential to reducing depression and improving our mood. These nutrients include magnesium, calcium, zinc, chromium, omega 3 fatty acids, folate, vitamin B6, B12, and D. These nutrients regulate mood and brain functions.

Eat Healthy desserts. Skip the guilt and keep desserts under 300 calories.

Get better sleep. Although many people are using prescription sleep aids and changing their pillows, these remedies cal really work. One of the nutrients that magnesium helps the body to absorb to best advantage is calcium, which also plays a role in establishing healthy sleep patterns. Ad. The use of magnesium with calcium, and taking the combination an hour or so before bedtime helps people sleep sounder., Pumpkins are rich in tryptophan which can help people fall asleep easy. Foods, like pumpkin, that have tryptophan must be eaten with high glycemic carbohydrates for better absorption. Chamomile tea helps to calm an upset stomach or to help with sleep.

Adopt a pet. Pets alter our behavior. A recent study where nursing home residents in St. Louis felt less lonely with some quiet time with a dog alone than a visit with both a dog and other residents.

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