March 8, 2016

The idea that you can impact a healthy mood or positive emotions is powerful. As a Psychiatrist and certified life coach, patients always ask me about natural ways to maintain a healthy mood. With all of life’s obligations and hectic schedules, it’s easy to get pulled in multiple directions feeling time-pressured, overwhelmed and stressed-out. Instead of feeling helpless, recognize your current emotional state and take effective action to promote a good mood naturally.

Get Moving

Exercising releases endorphins, which help you feel better. If you can’t exercise outdoors, heading to the gym or working out at home with DVDs and hand weights will give a boost to your mood and your energy. Another way to get moving is to tackle some of those indoor home improvement projects you’ve been meaning to get to. Cleaning out the closets, painting a room or rearranging some furniture will burn a few calories and make you feel better about getting something accomplished.

Eat for Energy

All those delicious comfort foods slow down your metabolism, drain your energy and pack the pounds on you. Alcohol, sugar and high-fat foods are temporary mood-boosters, but they bring an energy crash that’s just not worth it. Start off the day with some whole grains and lean protein for longer-lasting energy. Drink plenty of water and enjoy lots of fruits and vegetables.

Supplement Smarts

In addition to exercise and healthy eating, you may want to consider a supplement, such as Nature Made SAM-e Complete, to help promote a good mood. SAM-e (S-adenosyl-methionine) is a naturally occurring compound that is found throughout the body and contributes to maintaining mood levels. SAM-e tends to decline as people get older and certain groups of people, including those with low mood, tend to have lower levels of SAM-e in their bodies. Nature Made SAM-e Complete replenishes SAM-e levels and helps to naturally restore a good mood.  It’s been clinically proven to work in as little as 7 to 14 days if taken daily as directed.

Don’t Go It Alone

Connecting with other people is one of the best ways to fight off the blues. Spend time with family members or share laughs with close friends. By combining some meaningful face-time with a brisk walk or a healthy meal – you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.

Maintain a Positive Attitude

How you approach a situation is key. Being optimistic or having hope and a sense of purpose are associated with a higher quality of life and overall physical and mental well being.  Eliminate negative self-talk and doubts by being aware of your resources, strengths and values. Reframe unconstructive thinking simply by asking yourself, “What’s another way to look at it?” Focus on the positive and incorporate these tips into your daily routine. You can achieve and maintain a healthy mood, naturally.

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Janet Taylor, MD

Dr. Janet Taylor is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City, the Bronx and Queens. The practice of Community Mental Health is extremely rewarding to Dr. Taylor, because "being on the frontline with individuals and their families battling the emotional and economic impact of Mental Illness is where I can make a difference". She attended the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky for Undergraduate and Medical School. An internship in Internal Medicine at the Miriam Hospital-Brown University followed. Her psychiatric residency was completed at New York Medical College -Westchester Medical Center. She received a Master’s of Public Health in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from Columbia University. She was a recipient of the 2008 Woman in Medicine Award (National Medical Association- Council of Women’s Concerns).