Foolproof Fix #2: D-Ribose
When we’re in a bad mood, we often reach for sugary sweets for comfort. Ironically, these same sweets can lead to an even worse mood. Your body has to release insulin to absorb processed sugars, which, in turn, lowers your natural blood-sugar level, causing fatigue and crankiness. To combat the vicious sugar cycle and ease tension, try a sugar alternative called D-ribose. Ribose is a natural sugar that activates the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the major source of energy used by cells. Athletes use D-ribose to help performance, and research has shown it may help speed recovery of the heart and improve blood flow.
This all-natural sugar – available for $16 in health food stores – can be taken in pill or powder form. Try sprinkling about 2000 mg in your coffee or tea to kick-start a good mood.
Foolproof Fix #3: Acupressure Meridian Massage
Drawing on ancient Japanese and Chinese medicine, acupressure massages are simple and effective, with no needles involved. Dab essential oils – a blend of eucalyptus, basil and peppermint oils, for example – on your fingers, then massage starting at the back of the neck, moving toward your ear lobes, then up to the temples. By simply massaging vital pressure points on your body and breathing in the soothing aromas, you’ll help improve blood flow and reduce stress.
Foolproof Fix #4: Swearing!
While you should avoid it front of the kids, research shows that your brain and body cope better with what’s bothering you when you swear! In a 2009 study, researchers had people dip their hands in an ice bath. Participants who swore were able to tolerate the pain better. It seems swearing increased those participants’ heart rates, which may trigger a fight-or-flight response, allowing the body to tolerate or even ignore pain. You can even start a swear jar and double the benefits!