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3 Quick Mood Boosters That Work

Sweat it out. A ten-minute brisk walk can help energize you and release tension, says Kenneth Cooper, M.D., founder and president of the Cooper Aerobics Center, in Dallas. It can also help you stay alert and think more clearly. No time to go outside? Try jogging in place.

Pop some peppermint. Research indicates that mint can make you feel more awake by stimulating facial nerves. Not in the mood for gum or mint candy? Have a slice of an orange or a glass of lemonade  -- citrus products are believed to have some of those same energy-boosting properties, says Alan Hirsch, M.D., the neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, in Chicago.

Give yourself a break. Even if it's only for a few minutes, kick back with a good book, write in a journal, or call a friend. If you have more time: Invite a neighbor over for a leisurely lunch or grab a movie.

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