Get in 30 Minutes of Enjoyable Exercise, Every Day.

Numerous studies have found that exercise helps to improve mood in people with everyday sadness and moderate depression, and it doesn’t have to be an intense cardio workout at the gym to be effective. You can fulfill your 30 minute goal doing yoga, walking outdoors, or doing a Pilates DVD. The key is consistency. Position exercise as a daily prescription, something you have to do every day in order to have an effect, just like taking medication on a schedule. Exercise releases endorphins, feel-good chemicals that may help lift mood, and also boosts self-esteem and self-confidence. To get twice the benefit, pair exercise with another activity that makes you feel good, whether it’s watching your favorite TV show, listening to an energizing, upbeat playlist, or talking on the phone with someone who lifts your spirits.