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Self Help Advice: Get Back Your Mojo

Written by Jennifer Strailey

You've lost your juice, your pep, your joie de vivre. Get it back: Three ways to stump your slump.

You're not feeling like yourself. Your energy is low, your enthusiasm even lower.

Maybe it's because your stock tanked. Maybe it's because Robert was voted off Project Runway. Maybe it's the rut you're in at work. Whatever it is, you need to turn things around before it becomes a serious slump.

Watch this video on building your energy bank.

Here are three ways to tackle that terrible mood today:

1. Shake your groove thing.
Study after study supports the beneficial effects of exercise on mood. But new research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that you've got to use it or lose it. Researchers found that people, who had exercised and enjoyed a better mood because of it, lost their good spirits when they stopped exercising.

2. Sleep on it.
Your flagging enthusiasm may have more to do with a lack of sleep than inspiration. Snooze on your break or at lunch and you'll enjoy improved mood and performance at work, says psychologist William Anthony, nap expert and co-author of The Art of Napping at Work. You'll be happy to catch some rejuvenating z's and your boss will be happy with your increased productivity.

3. Eat your spinach.
Fight the blues with beans, spinach and other foods that curb depression. In her book Food - Your Miracle Medicine, Dr. Jean Carper recommends the following invigorating vittles: Pasta, vegetables, cereal, bread, crackers, beans; folic acid-containing food: spinach and other dark leafy greens, lima beans; selenium-containing foods: brazil nuts, canned light tuna, cooked oysters, sunflower seeds, puffed wheat cereal, swordfish or clams, garlic, chili peppers (which contain capsaicin).

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