New research shows that small everyday habits make a big difference in your ability to cultivate a healthier body and mind.
Here are some of the little things that healthy women do every single day…
They drink green tea. People who drink 4 or more cups of green tea a day are 44% less likely to be depressed than those who sip it less often. Its amino acid theanine may spur the release of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin.
They eat their fruits and veggies. Pack your plate with fresh fruit and veggies, in addition to fish and whole grains. Limit fried, sugary, or processed foods to occasional treats. Women who eat this way have lower odds of depression, an Australian study found.
They stay active. Exercise endorphins are potent mood lifters. A single session (as short as 20 minutes) can boost spirits for up to 12 hours.
They get enough iron. For best absorption, take your vitamin supplement with food and make sure it has 18 mg of iron if you’re premenopausal (up to 16% of women in this group are deficient). Female soldiers who took iron supplements scored better on mood tests than those on a placebo, a study found.
They write in a journal. Every night, write down three things that went well for you that day, no matter how minor. (In fact, 39% of people say catching up with family at night is the highlight of their day, according to a Coca-Cola Global Happiness Survey.) Be descriptive and note the role you played in making each happy moment happen. You’ll be increasingly mindful of how much control you have over the bright spots in your life.