It’s one of life’s cruel ironies that being in a low mood can lead to you being significantly less likely to get exercise.
Yet even a little bit of getting physical can work wonders for the mood.
What a pity that doing the right thing in this respect doesn’t come as naturally as it does when, say, we get hungry.
You’re starving, so your body tells you to eat, then you’re no longer famished.
Or you’re chilly, so you put on a coat, and – voila – you’re warm.
Quite often, working on your mood entails you behaving in what can feel like counter-intuitive ways.
One way to help, perhaps, is to be realistic about your expectations.
If you’re feeling below par it may be unreasonable to expect that you’ll suddenly race off to the gym or swimming pool.
It’s much more likely, though, that you could go for a walk.
Or do some gardening.
Or even some house work.
All three of these can release endorphins, making you feel better.
And with the latter two, you’ll also have the added side-effects of being able to enjoy a tidier garden or home.