When you have a bad day, you can feel absolutely awful. Nothing goes right and your level of frustration is at an all time high. It changes your mood and you are left feeling awful. But what happens when you stay in this heightened state of anger and frustration? Bad moods can increase levels of depression, affect our ability to be productive, increase levels of stress, and annoy and frustrate those around us. Here is how to cope when you are suffering from a bad mood.
Exercise is proven to increase mood because it releases endorphins and activates the dopamine neurotransmitters, which controls our brains' pleasure and reward centers. Dopamine motivates us to take action toward rewards. Even a brief 10 minute run can have positive effects on our mood, and the more often you exercise, the more often you will reap the benefits of a positive mood. You can squash a bad mood with a game of squash, weightlifting, or even a fun outdoor activity like kayaking.
2. Step outside
Going outside for a few minutes during your lunch break is a great way to improve your mood, especially if you can get to a nature area. A few minutes of sunshine each day can trigger the release of serotonin, a chemical in our bodies that helps to regulate mood. Taking a deep breath of fresh air and watching wildlife can also improve your mood as it clears your mind from what was preoccupying you. Plus, it gives you a much-needed break in your day and can re-energize you to return to work.
3. Play with a pet
Studies show that pets can make us feel better in many ways. Being in the presence of a pet for just 10 minutes can reduce blood pressure and raise the level of the bonding hormone, called oxytocin. Pets are compassionate and they can help during times of great stress, bereavement, and trauma. Pets make us smile, laugh, and forget what was worrying us. Consider planning more time to spend with your pet to make sure you grab these benefits on a daily basis.
4. Talk about it
When you hold in anger, frustration, or depression, these negative emotions keep building and building up until eventually they boil over and you explode at others. It is so important to share our feelings with someone we care about because we need to release these negative feelings to process them. Try talking to a trusted friend, spouse, coworker, parent, or therapist. You will feel like a weight is being lifted off of your shoulders and this will help to alleviate your negative mood.
At Baummier Health, we are committed to your mental health and wellbeing. You should not have to suffer with depression, anxiety, trauma, or whatever else may be ailing you. Call 561-404-0082 ex 2 today to schedule your first appointment.
Depression is an often talked about mental illness that affects approximately 1 in 5 Americans. Living with depression can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Even something as simple as getting out of bed in the morning and starting your day can seem like a chore. We all go through periods of low moods and feeling hopeless, but what are the common signs of true depression?
The following symptoms could indicate you have depression:
Luckily, depression can be treated with some help. You can take a test to see how severe your depression is. Check out the Beck Depression Inventory, linked at the bottom of this post, to see if you have symptoms of depression. Additionally, meeting with a therapist as well as discussing medication with your doctor are great ways to combat depression.
At Baummier Health, we are committed to your mental well being. We do not want you to suffer any longer with depression or any other concern you may have. Call us today to schedule your first appointment to start feeling better. Call us at 561-404-0082 ex 2 to meet with our therapist.
Starting therapy can be daunting and intimidating. How am I supposed to open up to someone I've never met before about my deepest secrets? Will what I say be kept private? These are common concerns you may have, and you have a right to your feelings. Luckily, I am here to answer the questions you may have.
1. Know your rights
When you are in therapy, you have a right to privacy. Your private health information is very important and confidentiality needs to be maintained. According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, your medical records cannot be accessed by anyone else without your written consent. Everything said in therapy is confidential, except in cases where someone is planning to harm themselves or others, or if someone is in danger. These situations are the only times confidentiality may be broken and it is to ensure everyone's safety. You are allowed to express yourself knowing that your innermost thoughts and feelings are safe.
2. Understand that therapy is work
Therapy is working on identifying goals and making positive changes in your life. It can be an exciting time of self-discovery and the recognition of your true passions. However, change doesn't happen overnight and it requires some effort. Ask yourself this: has anything ever changed in my life all on its own? The answer is probably not. Every change you have made has taken time and work on your part, and therapy is no different. With a positive mindset and attitude, you can use therapy to help make the changes you wish to see in your life.
3. It may take a few sessions to feel connected to your therapist
Oftentimes we are driven by instant gratification. Why not do something that has an instant reward? While that can be very attractive, it is not the right mindset when entering therapy. We discussed that therapy takes work and effort, and it may take time to feel completely connected to your therapist. Allow yourself the opportunity to bond and get used to a new person in your life. Meet with your therapist at least four times to develop a rapport and bond. This is a change in your life and you need to allow yourself the chance to adapt to this change.
At Baummier Health, beginning therapy is easy. We understand you are going through something and that you need the best care available. You will be treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity to your concerns. Make the decision that is best for you: call today to schedule your first appointment.