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Improving Mood without Drugs

From Today’s Caregiver Magazine, By Linda Lindsey Davis, RN, Ph.D.:

When medications cause undesirable side effects or an elder refuses to take medications, family caregivers often find simple mood management strategies can improve emotion and affective response. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals have noted the profound effects that increasing the number of pleasant daily life events can have in reducing depressive responses. Here are 20 pleasant life events that have been demonstrated in various clinical studies to enhance mood and reduce depressive symptoms, even without antidepressant medications:

Pleasant Life Activities

  1. Being outside
  2. Shopping
  3. Reading or listening to stories
  4. Listening to music
  5. Watching TV
  6. Laughing
  7. Having meals with friends or family
  8. Making & eating snacks
  9. Helping around the house
  10. Being with family
  11. Wearing favorite clothes
  12. Listening to the sounds of nature
  13. Getting or sending cards & letters
  14. Going on an outing
  15. Having coffee or tea with a friend
  16. Being complimented
  17. Exercising
  18. Going for a car ride
  19. Grooming (make-up, shaving)
  20. Recalling & discussing pleasant events
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