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Feeling Down? Try 4 Things Psychologists Do

By Sandy Schroeder

If you are struggling with sadness and depression, you may wish there were easier answers. There may not be one secret solution, but when psychologists are asked what they do, they all talk about self care.

When you start taking better care of yourself, everything else improves. Health.com asked three therapists what they do to stay upbeat and centered when stress begins to build. Here’s what they said.

Fight Sadness with Self Care

They say figure out what works for you and make it part of your daily self care.

Get moving – One psychologists says, "Running is a source of sanity for me. Not only is it my stress relief, it’s also when I think of ideas."

Experts say walking, running or working out triggers adrenaline that’s followed by a flood of mood-making endorphins. Even a little exercise can make a difference, and when you do you may feel like doing a lot more.

Try a moving meditation – Echoing the advice to exercise, many psychologists say they sidestep sadness with a daily walk or swim. One stroke or step after another can help the mind vent, moving through a swarm of thoughts and emerging on the other side, tired but happier.

Reach out to those around you – In the daily rush, many things simply go unsaid, but taking the time to connect can be invaluable, helping you maintain strong relationships. If you have ever watched an unhappy couple, you know most of them have given up on talking, making the road back a lot more difficult. If you value your relationships, take the time every day to let them know you do. Ask questions, tell them how you feel, and look for fun ways to connect. The rest of your day is just bound to be better when you do.

Put it in writing – When their mood begins to slip, a couple psychologists advised stopping and figuring out what you are grateful for. If you do that right before bed you may sleep better. One San Antonio psychologist said, "If I’m getting down or feeling anxious, I’ll make a list of things that I’m thankful for. It flips my viewpoint and it’s a big mood lifter.”

Ask yourself what you are thankful for. Your kids, your health and your job may quickly come to mind. Whatever makes you happy on a regular basis, deserves your full attention. Make a list and post those “smile-makers”  to remind yourself of what life is really all about.

If these mood-reversing tips from psychologists work for you, tuck them into your back pocket and keep using them. You can never have too many good tips.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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