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9 Mental-Health Experts on the Strategies They Use to Get Over Bad Moods
Psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists explain how they cope with emotional rough spots If misery loves company, here's a reminder that should be at least a little soothing next time you find yourself in a funk: Even psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists - the people trained to help you find the good in the bad, put things in perspective, and become more resilient to setbacks - have times when they're just stuck in an emotional low point.

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Create some emotional distance

Think about what are you so bothered by the day. Was there any particular trigger? Have you tried solve that issue? Once you have done that problem-solving, can you aknowledge that any further a...

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Take care of someone or something

Take for example gardening. It is a form of offering and receiving uncomplicated love: you love the plant, and then the plant grows beautifully, which is how you receive love back. ...

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Do whatever feels good

Do whatever feels good

Different days and different circumstances call for different coping strategies.

  • There are days when you might feel the need to numb. You immediately turn on Netflix to zone out f...

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Process your feelings

Recognize that feelings are always there for a reason. 

This means that you have to take some time to assess and self-soothe. Sometimes, this means reminding yourself that you can...

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Look up (literally)

Look at the treetops and the clouds. Look around and enjoy the newness of what you see. Try looking down at your shoes and saying, “I feel great,” then looking up at the ceiling or th...

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Take pictures

Use mindful photography for when you feel stressed or need to recharge.

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Replace bad habits

Take for example the time we spend on our phones daily.

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Challenge your internal monologue

Start paying attention to what I tell yourself. Develop a more balanced view of yourself and the situations you're involved in.

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