We all suffer from the blues every now and then. This is a normal phase that we all go through. Just because you feel sad or depressed from time to time does not mean that you are clinically depressed and that you need to go see a psychologist or psychiatrist. In fact, when you are feeling a bit blue, you can do some things to make yourself feel better!
I think that we are all familiar with these methods – I am sure that you have your own “best cures” for the blues. Some people like to eat chocolate (or some other type of comfort food). I love ice cream! Other people go shopping. Still, other people would go on a trip.
Yet did you know that a short period of physical activity can help beat minor blues away? Yep, according to Amanda Gardner over at Yahoo Health, as little as 20 minutes of any kind of physical activity will do you a world of good. She quotes Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City:
“There’s such a pervasive feeling in this country that, if there’s a problem, there’s always a pill to fix it. This study is just reminding us that it doesn’t take much to actually have an effect even on your mood.”
I absolutely love this finding. This means that I can clean up my house once a week – this would take MORE than 20 minutes, believe me – and that will go a long way to help me feel better. Let’s get cleaning!
Originally posted on April 17, 2008 @ 11:48 pm