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9 Mental-Health Experts on the Strategies They Use to Get Over Bad Moods

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 angst is just your mind staying stuck?

Accepting that sometimes life is tough, but that worrying about that doesn’t change it, and just adds to our misery, helps me to move on.

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Mantras Against Anxiety
  1. Try starting a phrase with “I am” followed by an adjective and repeat slowly, as a set of three. Ex: “I am at peace”.
  2. Remind yourself that nothing lasts forever by repeating "this too will pass" in rhythm with your breath.
  3. Fit the following affirmation to what you need in the moment: “I am _____, and I deserve every _____ thing.” Ex: “I am beautiful and I deserve every beauty-filled thing.”
  4. “It’s not about you.” is a mantra that helps with concerns about the opinions of others.
  5. “All is well.” If repeated several times reminds you hat things are going to be OK.
  6. Acknowledge the good things in your life during a moment of anxiety by repeating “thank you.” 
  7. Repeating “Calm down” to yourself with deep breathing exercises may be useful.
  8. You are lovable.” Is useful if you are feeling stressed or panicked over a loved one.
  9. “What can I see and experience today that will thrill and amaze me?” will refocus your mind on something positive rather than negative.
On Anxiety

Anxiety is a common emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. If left untreated, anxiety can be crippling. It can lead to lightheadedness, nausea, headaches, stomach pains, panic attacks and more.

Therapy, medication or a combination of the two are vital if anxiety is inhibiting your daily life. And for a quick fix, experts say relaxation techniques like mantras can help.

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You will need to feel safe and secure and establish a connection with your therapist. It is reasonable to try out a few until you find the right one.

The right therapist will encourage and support you in making uncomfortable changes.

Word of mouth

Ask your community for mental health specialists recommendations. Consider asking your GP, family, friends or local community.

Once you have a few names, look up their qualifications and read up about them.