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Do Tell: How Do You Beat the Blues?

A brisk walk is my surefire way to beat a bad mood. The small dose of exercise, fresh air, and freedom from distraction always does the trick.

Looking for its own cure, BBC rounded up tips from mental health professionals on how to best beat the blues.

Some of my favorites include:

  • Garden: it forces you to focus on the task at hand.
  • Exercise: physical activity releases endorphins.
  • Cook a meal from scratch: cooking gets your mind off what's bothering you, and a tasty meal will reward you for your work.
  • Volunteer: finding time to do even something small for someone else will boost your spirits.

You can check out the whole list here. I'm curious: what do you do to beat the blues?


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Sofia-Soubrette Sofia-Soubrette 8 years
Booze, shopping...horrible, I know!
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
Usually I'll take a trip down the 90's lane - from movies to music to tv shows, that era cheers me up, for some weird reason. I also like to cook something new/experiment or go out and try a new food
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Going for a drive through the mountains is my favorite, but I've been known to use retail therapy on occasion. ;)
sunshine001 sunshine001 8 years
Working out, or doing yoga helps or just calling a friend up, or grabbing a coffee!!! :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I put on music and I dance.
missyd missyd 8 years
Yep, I agree, just another thing they did to ruin the Sugar site. They just keeping doing these things...I hate to say it, but it almost seems self destructive. This Tressugar thing is not even close to DearSugar :( Not to mention I could write a list of about 20+ bugs on teh sugar site
Xemena Xemena 8 years
i take my laptop to the bed and watch a movie and i just focus on the movie and dont think of the matter bothering me . it always helps forget the problem, but it never solves it.
appolgurl appolgurl 8 years
this is love & sex?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I'll do anything that makes me feel accomplished, be it go for a walk, cooking a meal, cleaning the bathroom etc.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
I call my mom. She can always make me feel better. p.s. where is sunday confessional. I always look forward to it on Sundays. I can't believed they cut it.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I usually find one of my cats to pet. They're good listeners too.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
Watch Veronica Mars and swoon over her and Logan :) Bake... am... talk to my mum.
burningphoenix burningphoenix 8 years
I'll start cleaning around the house and do work to distract myself.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I miss DEARSUGAR !!!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I like to exercise or go for a walk with my dog. Sometimes I also like to put on my favorite music and sing along with it while I'm driving. I gotta be careful not to speed when I do that though...I'm prone to driving with a lead foot when I'm upset.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Oh yeah, I'm totally hating Tres Sugar too... killed the sugar blogs for me... rarely even on here now... how depressing, i used to love this site.
girlgreen girlgreen 8 years
off topic, but where is sunday confessional???!!!!!!!
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
All of the above! Sometimes, when my mind is racing I just have a glass of wine & play relaxing music to chill out. Breathe deep. Play with my dogs. Go for a run, especially when the sun is shining (vitamin D). Focus on postive thoughts & surround myself with positive people. Have a laugh, whether it's looking for a funny comic strip or watching a comedy movie or listening to a funny song. Say a prayer. I could go on & on...
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Apparently i'll start to feel better if i cut tressugar during the weekend. I had no idea that someone thought it would be a splendid idea to do away with Sunday Confessionals and Dearsugar needs your help. It's 4:40pm est and nothing has been posted in 10 hrs. Damn!
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I go rub Gracie's tummy, then take her for a walk. Works every time :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I accept my feelings. I let it wash over me, feel it, and move on. I don't deny my feelings, or try to distract myself.
tattytiara tattytiara 8 years
I used to cheer myself up by checking out gigglesugar, but now that's been replaced with articles about depression. Not quite the same.
care0531 care0531 8 years
To beat the blues I do a couple things. First find some upbeat music. Putting on some good music and just dancing till you can't dance anymore will make you laugh at how weird I am and gives me a good workout! Second is pampering myself. Usually when I get the blues its because something about my image has me down. I will get my hair done, mani pedi, trip to spa or shop finding that one outfit that you know people will compliment you on! All these things help get me out of my funk!
juicebox07 juicebox07 8 years
I like to put on some music and just dance. It really lifts my spirit.
Shadowcat14 Shadowcat14 8 years
I watch Lord of the RIngs the Fellowship of the RIng, which I am doing now. It just makes me happy.
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