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How to Get Back Into a Good Mood | Scott H Young

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How to Get Back Into a Good Mood | Scott H Young
Ever feel lousy, bored or even downright depressed? We all have our moments, but how do you take a bad turn into a negative emotional state and flip it around? I believe that the overall amount of happiness you experience in your life isn't based upon how much pain you are dealt but how you recover from it.

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Boost Your Energy

Bad moods happen 50% of the time simply because of a lack of energy. When you have lots of energy your mind moves faster, you get more done and you feel happier.

The next time you feel down, stop trying to think your way through it and instead boost your energy.

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How to boost your energy

  • Physical Exercise – Doing some light exercise creates a huge boost in your physical energy.
  • Think Faster – Games, brainstorming or other thinking exercises boost your mental energy.
  • Drink Some Water – Hydrating yourself can give you a boost of energy.

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Get New Input

You may notice that often when you are in a bad mood you don’t do very much. Depressed people often perpetuate their mood by remaining in the same environment.

Going to see friends, watching a movie, reading a book, even doing the errands and chores that need to be done, are all methods of getting new input.

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Gratitude

Feeling grateful is an easy way to get out of a bad state. 

Just ask yourself what you are thankful for. If there are any parts of your life that have improved? Simply visualizing the difference can give a small boost to your mood.

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Reach out and stay connected

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How to reach out for support

  • Look for support from people who make you feel safe and cared for. They just need to be a good listener.
  • Make face-time a priority. Talking to someone face to face about how you feel can play a big role in relieving depression.
  • Try to keep up with social activities even if you don’t feel like it. 
  • Find ways to support others. 
  • Caring for a pet can get you outside of yourself and give you a sense of being needed.
  • Join a support group for depression. 

Do things that make you feel good

Do things that relax and energize you. This includes following a healthy lifestyle, learning how to better manage stress, setting limits on what you’re able to do, and scheduling fun activities into your day.

Even if your depression doesn’t lift immediately, you’ll gradually feel more upbeat and energetic as you make time for fun activities.

How to know if you're depressed

Depression symptoms can vary, but it always results in living in a negative state. 

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  • Feeling hopeless or a lack of energy and interest in things that ...

Ways to deal with depression

Understand the common triggers. Once you understand which one is behind your depression, you can better learn how to cope with depression.

Feelings of loss, “less than” and “never going to happen” are the major reasons that most people dip into depression. Loss can result from a loved one dying or losing a job; feelings of “less than” can be triggered by comparing yourself to others you view as having more than you and “never” occurs when you start believing that your goals and dreams are completely out of reach. 

Address your limiting beliefs

Many of those trying to find ways to deal with depression have formed limiting beliefs that negatively affect how they think.

If you come from a family who has never had a member attend college, you might believe that you are not smart enough to achieve your goals. Another common limiting belief is that they are supposed to be sad because depression or anxiety runs in their family.