Think about your cravings? Do you crave sugar? Do you find you are down or sad when you crave sugar? Keeping a mood journal is the first step to understanding what impacts your mood each day. Stress leads to sleeping less, which leads to reaching for caffeine and sugar for a fix, which is followed by a crash and need for another fix (Nelson & Zeratsky, 2009).
Simple lifestyle changes can dramatically change how you feel about life. Life is difficult, but how you choose to respond to it can make it easier. Stress, foods we eat, sleep or lack of sleep, are just a few items that alter mood.
When working with someone who is depressed, the first thing to look at is their diet. Do they consume foods with a high sugar content? Are they addicted to carbs or salty foods? Besides a mood journal, add in a food journal to see any correlation between your mood and what you ate. It is not surprising that there is a strong connection between food and mood.
Omega 3’s have shown good results with altering your mood. Researchers have noted that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (found in fatty fish, flaxseed, and walnuts) may help protect against depression with the reason being that omega-3s appear to affect neurotransmitter pathways in the brain (Magee, 2013). Increasing omega 3’s, limiting sugar, and managing stress. Is that all? Exercise, sleep, healthy food choices, and positive affirmations all work together in making life easier and people happier.
Magee, E. (2013). How food affects your mood: Can your diet help put you in a good mood or a bad mood? Retrieved April 2, 2013, from http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/how-food-affects-your-moods
Nelson, J. & Zeratsky, K. (2009). The food and mood connection. Retrieved, April 2, 2013, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-mood/my00716