Suffice to say that 2020 wasn’t the best year for most of us. The pandemic took the wind out of our sails and threw the world back into a deep depression. Some of us even know people who’ve had their lives changed forever by COVID-19.
In light of this, we should all be actively thinking about mood-enhancing strategies that we can use over the following months to help ourselves recover from what has been a trying time. None of us want to see a repeat of last year.
In this post, we take a look at some of the strategies that you can use to cope with life as it now presents itself. Here’s what to do to enhance your wellbeing as we move forwards.
Fire Up A Conversation
Being stuck in your head all day furloughed from work is no fun. Endless internal conversations inevitably turn negative and you wind up in a depressed mood. Firing up a conversation with another person before that happens can be a great way out of this downward mental spiral. You might have to maintain social distance, but so long as you have a telephone or a computer, you can have a chat with somebody else and share the moment.
Create A Distance Between You And Your Mood
When you feel low, anxious, or angry, you can sometimes feel as though what you’re feeling is you. However, it’s critical to remember that many of the negative experiences that we have are no more a part of ourselves than the positive emotions that we feel. Almost always, they’re intricately tied to the surrounding environment or something in our body’s chemistry that has nothing to do with our characters.
Thus, when you’re experiencing a low mood, it’s worth remembering this. Try creating a barrier between the emotions that you’re feeling and the person you are. You are not your depression. It’s just something that happens from time to time, like an upset stomach.
Reduce Inflammation In Your Body
Did you know that inflammation is a major driver of mental health issues? It turns out that when inflammatory factors get into the brain, they set off a cascade reaction which ultimately leaves you feeling both anxious and depressed.
Fortunately, it is relatively easy to fight back. All you need to do is find foods, supplements, and liquid concentrate extracts that reduce the activity of your immune system, returning your body to balance.
Inflammation is an interesting phenomenon and only recently are researchers getting a handle on how it affects the brain.
Usually, inflammation is a good thing. When you stub your toe, the body sends inflammatory factors to the site to ensure that it heals well. The swelling and heat are both designed to facilitate the arrival of nutrients to the area and provide padding to prevent further injury.
Sometimes, though, inflammation is chronic, meaning that the body keeps its inflammatory systems running, even when they’re not required. And that’s when it can get into your brain, causing mood issues.
Just eat more anti-inflammatory foods to quell the problem.
You’ve heard about the importance of being mindful and keeping watch over your thoughts. But it might also help some people to focus on factfulness as well.
Being factful is the discipline of making decisions based solely on the evidence as it presents itself. Instead of interpreting your existence through a subjective lens, you just look at situations for what they are and respond appropriately. You don’t invent stories.
Factfulness is a bit of an art and takes some getting used to. But it can be helpful for you if you’re the type of person who endlessly worries about the worst possible outcome. Most often, an assessment of the facts leads to a happier place.
Do A Judo Move On Your Negative Mood
In most cases, there’s a good reason why you’re experiencing a negative mood. Mostly, these episodes come from something. Most commonly, they’re a signal that you need to make a substantial change in your life.
Instead of seeing your negative mood as a drain on your life, you can use it to your advantage. Nobody wants to be in pain. And so a negative mood provides the incentive that you need to foster positive change in your life and sort out your problems.
In judo, the goal is to use your opponent’s energy and momentum against them. The same is applicable emotionally. You don’t want to experience negative feelings, but you can use them to get what you want from life if you view them in the right way.
Look For The Lesson In Everything
People who go through life always feeling jolly don’t tend to grow a lot as people. There’s no incentive for improvement.
But those who have frequent negative experiences are the opposite. They’re blessed with daily reasons to do something about their current situation, get to know themselves better, and grow as people.
Looking for the lessons in your suffering, therefore, can be a powerful tool to improve your life.
If you notice that something tends to trigger your negative moods, try exploring why. Always look for new knowledge so that you can understand yourself better.
Turn Off Social Media
Social media can be harmful to your mental health because of the pictures it paints of other people’s lives. Everyone seems to be having a lot of fun and living fully – and that can get you down if you’re not.
Whether your contacts have the fabulous lives they claim to have is very much a matter for debate. But even if they are travelling all over the world on their yacht, that shouldn’t have the slightest impact on your wellbeing and enjoyment of life.
If you struggle to separate what others are doing on social media from your own life, then try switching off your notifications and avoiding your accounts for a while. You should find that you start feeling better about the here and now, and you start enjoying your life a little more.
Hopefully, these tips will have helped you collate your thoughts, and make a well-adjusted decision based on your body and its needs. Please let me know if they helped!