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Published on January 3rd, 2013 | by Becky Striepe


Real Good Mood Food: 10 Foods to Fight Depression

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Are you feeling a bit of a post-holiday slump? After all of the excitement, adjusting back to real life can be tough, and getting back into the swing in the midst of cold, dark winter weather doesn’t make it any easier. Check our our lists of mood-boosting foods that can give you a little help!

Of course, just changing your diet probably isn’t going to be enough to shake the winter blues, but combine some good mood food with some other changes in your habits, and you can make things easier on yourself. Before we get to the food part, here are a few non-food ideas that can also help:

  • Exercise – Even better? Exercise outdoors, if you can. I always have a rough time forcing myself to brave the cold for a walk or a run, but once you get moving, soaking up that sunlight and getting the blood pumping does wonders. Even if it’s overcast, that bit of sunlight can really help!
  • Go Full Spectrum – One of the reason we get bummed in winter is because our bodies miss sunlight. Try picking up a full-spectrum light bulb and using it in the room where you spend the most time.
  • Treat Yourself – So often we spend the holidays in giving mode, don’t we? From opening our homes to friends and families to making and buying gifts. Now that the craziness is over, do something for you! It’s called “self care,” and it doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming.
  • Try Meditation – This could go under the self care category, but meditating can help calm your mind and help put your winter blues in perspective. Check out this guided meditation focused on helping you move beyond happiness!

Of course, a healthy diet can do wonders for your mood, too! On the next page, check out our list of depression-fighting foods to help you beat your winter slump!


Image Credit: photo by Becky Striepe

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

  • luminousvegans

    Great post and oh so relevant for me! I definitely need to get on that exercise train, but can’t seem to find the motivation so maybe I’ll start with some of these food suggestions.

    • Becky Striepe

      It’s so hard to get moving when it’s cold out. One thing that’s helped me is making workout dates. I have a couple of walking pals, and it’s way harder to bail when I know they are waiting for me.

  • Cadry

    What a useful list! I just made chia pudding for the first time today. I knew that they were high in Omega 3’s, but I’d forgotten that was tied with lowering depression. With these frigid and short days, everyone can use all of the help they can get, me included!

    • Becky Striepe

      Thank you! :) Same here – I have such a tough time in the winter. I’ll have to start eating more chia pudding, too!

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