Fun Ways To Boost Your Mood

JUDITH THOMAS  |  June 15, 2016
Going for a walk can help boost your mood.

Everyone feels down every once in a while. But if the bad days turn into bad weeks, and weeks turn into months, you may be experiencing depression.

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1 in 5 older people in the U.K. experience depression. If you're unsure whether you're just feeling down or the problem is more serious, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you losing interest in things you used to love?
  • Have you lost your appetite?
  • Do you feel restless more often than not?
  • Do you worry more than you used to?
  • Have you lost confidence in yourself?
  • Are you easily irritated?
  • Do you often feel bad or guilty?

If you answered "yes" to more than one of these questions, you may be living with depression.

Now's the time to beat the depression
Summer has finally arrived, which means the warmer weather will be welcoming you to spend more time outdoors. There's no need to sit inside and sulk. Grab a friend, head outside and try one of these fun activities to boost your mood.

1. Volunteer
According to Prevention magazine, people who volunteer are more likely to be happier than those who don't – so find a volunteer programme and get involved! Making a difference in others' lives is a great way to help you feel better about yourself. 

Volunteering is a great way to give back and boost your mood.Volunteering is a great way to boost your mood.

2. Exercise
Exercising is a great way to improve your physical health and performance, but did you know it can lift your mood? According to Healthguide, exercise can be just as effective as antidepressants. The endorphins you release as you exercise can make you feel happier.

3. Socialise
When you're feeling depressed, it's common to want to stay away from others. Socialising with friends and family can give you a different perspective. 

"Head to the garden and grow your own goodies!"

4. Eat well
Too much refined sugar and fatty food in your diet can not only lead to weight gain, it can also result in a loss of confidence. Eating meals that are rich in vitamins and nutrients is one way to improve your mental and physical health. Better still, head into the garden and grow your own food! Better Health says that gardening is a great way to achieve your recommended physical activity for the day.