Eating fish is linked with better mood. 

Okay, it’s supposed to be oily fish like salmon, trout, tuna, swordfish, mackerel, sardine, or herring.  Not sharks because they’re endangered but you get this gist.  Oily fish contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are linked to lowered rates of depression and anxiety, better brain function, better memory, and decreased inflammation.

Fish 2-3 times per week (tinned, you don’t have to be fancy pants) ought to do the trick.

While it’s generally true that the best way to get nutrients is through healthy food, getting Omega-3 is one example where supplements may help. And if you don’t like eating fish, taking a high quality fish oil under the supervision of your GP could be an easy way for some of us to improve our mood.

Other, simple ways to increase Omega-3, are to eat a handful of walnuts per day, throw toasted pumpkin seeds on a salad or add a tablespoon of flaxseed aka linseed in your smoothie.

Flaxseeds have the added benefit of getting stuck between your teeth and providing a dorky moment later when you look in the mirror.

More than 30 clinical trials have tested Omega-3 preparations in people with depression. Results have been promising, more research is needed but heck, if your mood is a bit low.  What have you got to lose?  Take the challenge, try this easy lifestyle change for a month and see what you notice.