How To Get Your Mood Back
What to do when you feel depressed?
You may not be able to do anything about it.
You might not even be able do anything at all.
But here’s a quick guide to some of the ways to get back to your best self and to stop the bad stuff from happening.
Stop being depressed:This is probably the easiest thing to do, especially if you’ve just had a big experience.
You don’t need to be depressed to have an experience that makes you feel good about yourself, or to have feelings of happiness.
Just make sure you take some time to take a deep breath and relax.
You may feel like a mess and have to stop and go to the bathroom, but you’ll be more likely to feel better when you stop acting out and just sit back and relax, say the experts.
The key is to keep your mind open and not worry about the bad things happening, says Jennifer Hahn, a registered psychotherapist in Sydney and author of The Happiness Connection: A Guide to Self-Help for People with Depression and Postpartum Depression.
“There’s a lot to be said for getting out of the house, spending time with your family, going out and getting outside, taking a walk or just being yourself,” she says.2.
Stop the bad mood:”If you’re having an experience of depression, it may seem like a good idea to stop worrying about the negative consequences of your negative mood,” says Dr Lisa Miller, a clinical psychologist and director of the National Mental Health Centre at the University of Melbourne.
“But what you need to realise is that it can be a very difficult process and that you’ll need to keep doing things that you are really good at, rather than focusing on things that are negative.”
This may mean not drinking or smoking or even eating.
The only way to really avoid the negative effects of depression is to get help, and Dr Miller suggests that there are a few ways to do that: talk to your GP, talk to a support person or even talk to someone who’s experienced depression herself.3.
Stop eating and drinking:”Drinking and eating in general are the two main ways of trying to get rid of the negative mood, but it’s worth noting that these aren’t always easy to stop,” Dr Miller says.
“One of the reasons for this is that when we stop eating, our bodies naturally try to regulate the amount of energy we’re sending out.
That means that if you start to have the symptoms of depression and you stop eating it can actually make you feel worse,” she adds.
“You might feel better afterwards, but there’s a risk of feeling like you’re wasting energy.”
You might need to go to your doctor for more information about how to stop eating.4.
Take a break and take some deep breaths:Dr Miller says that for most people, the best thing to try is to go for a walk.
“If you’ve had a long day or an unpleasant experience, you may want to take some rest,” she explains.
“The way to do this is to try to sit quietly, in a quiet place, for 20-30 minutes and relax,” she advises.
“This will help you feel better, but be aware that you will feel worse.
You need to know what you’re doing, and where you are in the process, to make a plan for what to do next.”5.
You can get away with taking a short walk when you’re just starting to feel depressed, but walking up and down the streets and doing a little exercise are very important in preventing depression and keeping you positive,” she continues. “
I have found that walking around is good for you, because it helps you to think clearly and relax.”
“You can get away with taking a short walk when you’re just starting to feel depressed, but walking up and down the streets and doing a little exercise are very important in preventing depression and keeping you positive,” she continues.
“The benefits of walking are also very clear to anyone who has had a bad experience of the disease, so it’s important to take care of yourself.”6.
Talk to your psychologist:”One good way to talk to yourself is to talk with a psychologist, but also talking to your friends and family,” says Hahn.
“Talk to them about your feelings and what they’re feeling, then tell them what you are doing, why you’re going on this journey and what you want to achieve.”7.
Do a few things:”Sometimes you may feel that you’ve let things down or that you can’t do much about it, and then you need help.
You can take the advice of your support person and ask for help, or you can ask for a support group or to find some other support.”
Dr Miller also advises taking time out to take time for yourself, because a lot of depression happens in silence, and you need some space to just be yourself.
“In the end, you need the help