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When your physical health improves, you'll experience greater mental and emotional well-being. Research has proven that exercise not only strengthens our heart and lungs, but also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals that energize us and affect our emotional and mental health in good ways.

Get enough rest. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep each night to function optimally.

Exercise to relieve stress and lift your mood. Exercise is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety and depression. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going on a short walk daily can help. Try for 30 minutes or more of exercise per day. The results will be noticeable!

Learn about good nutrition and practice it. The more you learn about what you eat and how it affects your energy and mood, the better you'll feel.

Get a dose of sunlight every day. God created sunlight in part to lift our mood. Try to get at least 10 minutes of sunshine per day. This can be done while exercising, gardening or in a social setting.

Avoid cigarettes and other drugs. These stimulants unnaturally make you feel good in the short term but have long-term negative consequences for mood and emotional health. Consider what God's Word makes clear: "Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit . . . You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, New Living Translation).


  • Pamela Joan Bartholomew
    Thanks for the info that sunlight lifts the mood. My doctor just told me to walk or dance or stretch for 30 continuous minutes a day. I was worried about walking in the sun, but now I'm not. The Bible says the sun has healing in its wings. I think it can heal a lot of things probably. I've been avoiding it for too long. I have to take 1600 mg a day of D3 from clean fish (Solgar brand from New Jersey--health store might have it). I also take the daily dose of calcium citrate and I'm not deficient in D anymore. I'm dealing with depression caused by a hormone imbalance caused by cow food products. I have to avoid those foods or they depress me the day after and I take two capsules of Wild Yam herb that has progesterone like stuff in it and almost all the depression is gone.
  • michaelzidek
    The latest studies indicate a vitamin D deficiency in most industrialized countries, And a direct link to depression, New guidelines are recommending 2,000-5,000 iu Vitamin D-3 Supplement. Sunshine provides Vit D, However, Even if you do happen to get enough sunlight, It takes time for the skin to absorb- Usually negated away by bathing, And apperantly todays Dairy Products do not contain the type of vit-d the body can use. Check for yourself of course, Easy to find info
  • irini_limaj
    I need to remember this. Sunlight works really well to lift my mood. I can see that if the kids and I stay inside for the whole weekend, by the end of it we all look sick and feel sick. we need to take care of ourselves but with all the running around, it seems that we forget it. Thanks.
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