Did you know that our moods are constantly changing? And that emotions generally last for under 60 seconds? Armed with this information, we have outlined some top ways to help you lift your mood. You will find some more helpful than others, but the trick is to work out what works for you, and then to stick with it.
Mindfulness is a practice which involves us focusing on the moment as it is, without judgment. With practice it can help us gain awareness of how we are feeling, let us better accept the emotions that come up for us and give us better control over our mind and its movements. By noticing what’s going on for us, we have a choice as to how we respond. Headspace is a great way to learn about mindfulness through daily mindfulness practices.
Keep talking about how you feel. This will not only help you, but will also support others and help us break the stigma. We are all human, we all feel difficult emotions, and that’s OK.
Plan and prepare
If your mood responds to situations in a certain way or if you have a personal history of mental health issues, try and support yourself by setting up a plan, informing your support network and planning how to help yourself, should your mood dip. This Tommy’s chart is a great plan for keeping well.
Social media can be hugely supportive, but can also be a trigger if we are feeling low. See if you can reach out to a friend, call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, or even meet up with them. Despite the fact we think everyone around us is coping better than us, that is rarely the case, so discuss your concerns and let your friends normalise what’s going on for you.
Getting support can be the most difficult yet most important stage. Don’t hesitate to reach out should you notice that you feel you need support. Expert support is there, which can support you in setting up a plan and working through issues. Our experts are here for advice, support and treatment in helping you improve your mood.
AUTHOR: DR JO GEE
Dr Jo Gee is a psychotherapist and specialist in women’s health. She is also the co-founder of The Luna Hive. Jo offers individual and group psychotherapy in Guildford and at the Priory Hospital Roehampton.
She offers counselling Surrey – to book an appointment visit the directory listing below.