How to beat the blues -

How to beat the blues

We all get hit with the blues now and then. If you're finding it hard to get out of bed and get on with your day, Wellness Expert Peggy Hall has several ways to help you feel better fast, without taking medicine and without spending a dime!

1. In the morning: Spend three minutes lying on your back with a rolled up towel under your shoulder blades and a small pillow under your head. This position opens up your ribcage and lungs for more oxygen and, according to the science of yoga, also works to brighten your mood by opening up the energy center at your chest, which is associated with your emotions. 

Next, spend one minute on each leg doing this stretch for your hips and back: Stand facing a desk or table and place one foot on the edge. Keep your back straight and lean forward to stretch the "hip flexors" where your hips meets your thigh.

"This is a huge storage depot for tension, and according to the traditions of yoga, once you release it, you'll feel more inspired and enthusiastic about life," says Peggy.

2. At noontime: Take a brisk five-minute walk, outside if possible to get fresh air and sunlight, both of which are proven to ease depression. Both exercise and sunlight help your body produce serotonin, which is the "feel good" hormone.

"Anti-depressants work much the same way," Peggy explains. "But exercise and sunlight have no harmful side effects!"

Can't get outside? Walk around your office building or shopping mall or put on some music and dance!

3. At night: Take five minutes and make a "gratitude list." Take a notebook and pen (Peggy says it's more beneficial to do this the old-fashioned way than on the computer) and write at least 10 things you're grateful for.

"It may sound like a cliche, but focusing on our blessings has been proven to boost moods and even strengthen the immune system," says Peggy.

And a bonus: Doing this right before bed also helps promote a good night's sleep!

"Your moods are created by chemical reactions in the brain," explains Peggy. "You have the power to positively affect them with these simple, cost-free secrets!"

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