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Fast Mood Boosters: Quick & Easy Ways to Lift Your Spirits and Keep Fit
by Dr. Reuven Bruner, Ph.D.

Feeling down in the dumps? Don't have to get-up-and-go to work or the gym? What you need is a quick boost, something that can raise your energy and adjust your attitude in a month, a week, even a minute. So whenever your happy engine is running on fumes, try the following for some high-octane mood juice.

WORK OUT. You already know that exercise is the way to a better body, but it has terrific mood and energy boosting benefits as well. For instance, both aerobic exercise and weight training have been found to produce endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. What's more, a single workout can raise your brain's levels of the antidepressant chemicals dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. And several studies have found that, at least for some people, regular exercise, even brisk walking, can combat depression as effectively as taking certain medications. (Don't count on this, though: If you have symptoms of clinical depression, such as persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, ideas about suicide, difficulty eating, sleeping or thinking or a general lack of interest in life, get help from your doctor or a mental-health professional.) Time till mood boost: Half an hour to several weeks.

EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST. Starting your day with protein, complex carbs and fiber not only fuels your morning, it helps keep your blood sugar steady all day, meaning you won't launch into that pre-lunch irritability in the middle of a meeting with the boss or during a shiur at the kollel/yeshiva. (By the way, a Danish or muffin/doughnut isn't a proper breakfast, and the simple carbs can make your bad mood even worse.) If you don't have much time in the morning or don't like eating a heavy meal right after waking up or davening, go for a bowl of whole-grain cereal with nonfat milk and a handful of antioxidant-packed strawberries or blueberries. Time till mood boost: 15 minutes - 1 hour.

(C) 2003 Dr. Reuven Bruner.

Dr. Reuven Bruner, Ph.D., is a Health/Fitness/Nutrition & Total Lifestyle Consultant, specializing in Fitness of Body & Mind. Contact him at: POB 1903, Jerusalem, 91314, Israel; Tel: (02) 652-7684; Mobile: 052 865-821; Fax: (02) 652-7227; Email:


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