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5 Ways to Combat Bad Moods and Mild Depression

Some people define happiness as the absence of bad emotions. It’s that relaxed moment where you are worried about nothing and where you are not feeling bad because of any major problems that could act as a barrier to your happiness.

Luckily most bad moods and even mild depression attacks can be dealt with if people knew the right actions to take. Most people deal with bad moods incorrectly by either escaping from them or by acting as if they are not there while in fact bad moods are just signals sent by the brain to motivate people to improve their lives in certain ways.

In this post I will tell you how to respond to the signal and end these bad moods:

5 ways to combat bad moods and depression

1)      Do something! : Taking serious actions is one of the most powerful ways for ending bad moods and depression. Most people lie in bed when they feel bad without being aware of the fact that this is the time where they need to take actions the most. When you take actions you actually tell your brain that are responding to the signal that it sent you and that’s why the bad mood eases.

2)      Learn how to live consciously: if at any moment of your life you were worried about your future or sad because of your past then you will never be able to experience real happiness. Conscious living is the ability to enjoy your present moment without letting your mind wander in the past or the future. People who live in the present moment are less vulnerable to bad moods and depression attacks.

3)      Write a plan: sometimes your mind needs nothing more than reassurance in order to remove the bad mood. In such a case writing a plan might be the perfect solution to bad mood. When you write a plan you are actually telling your subconscious mind indirectly that you are going to solve the problems that are bothering you and as a result it withdraws the bad mood.

4)      Get more self understanding: sometimes people get bad moos because they don’t understand themselves well. When you get to understand yourself more you will realize what makes you happy and what makes you sad. Many people are unhappy just because they don’t quite understand what can make them happy and what’s important for them in life.

5)      Understand that bad moods might not disappear overnight:  many people mistakenly believe that bad moods should disappear overnight if they did the right thing but that’s completely wrong. Even if you started solving the main problem that caused your bad mood still your mood won’t change instantly but instead it will happen gradually as the time passes. Its extremely important to be patient while trying to end your bad moods else you will give up before a significant change happens and your mood will remain the same.

 M.Farouk Radwan is a guest blogger for PickTheBrain and the founder of 2KnowMyself.

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26 Responses to 5 Ways to Combat Bad Moods and Mild Depression

  1. Ahmed says:

    Fantastic Article……Thanks a lot 
     Farouk Radwan sudden 
    depression attacks came to everyone from time to time….but the problem is when you can’t find the root cause :((

  2. harry says:

    Great….. after reading this, i started writing my schedule

  3. Rahul Wiley says:

    Good one , Thank you for sharing…….

  4. Clint Cora says:

    In my opinion, two of the most powerful ways to combat bad moods is to do something one is truly passionate about, preferably something that gets the heart rate going.  The natural endorphins can do wonders to help one’s mood when activity is engaged.  The other way I strongly recommend is with pets.  I swear that my two dogs are able to take me to another world and quite often, it helps me forget about other parts of life for awhile.

  5. Justin Mazza says:

    Great tips Farouk. I have been listening to Brainwave entrainment MP3’s the past week and my moods and energy levels have skyrocketed. Have you ever tried them?

  6. Ben says:

    Those are all good steps Farouk, one thing that can be combined with them is learning to let go of these emotions, and finding out where it may have come from in your past, letting it go and going in a more positive direction. :)

    -Ben

  7. Cherry says:

    Good article. Particularly 1st and 6th point. I know of a really good article on depression. You can see it on http://www.omswami.com/2011/10/depression-its-definition-cause-and.html. I got to this website the first time a few days ago through that one.
    There’s so much to read here.

    Cherry

  8. ofwnurse says:

    Personally, One way of releasing my frustrations in life is through journal writing…

  9. Farouk says:

     thanks a lot for your comment Ahmed
    it can sometimes be challenging but i am sure you can do it : )

  10. Farouk says:

     happy to know it was useful harry
    nice to meet you : )

  11. Farouk says:

     thank you so much Rahul : )

  12. Farouk says:

     thank you for the additional Tips Clint :)

  13. Farouk says:

     thank you for the additional Tips Clint :)

  14. Farouk says:

     no i didn’t , but now you motivated me to do it :)
    nice to see you here justin

  15. Farouk says:

     no i didn’t , but now you motivated me to do it :)
    nice to see you here justin

  16. Farouk says:

     that’s so right Ben
    thanks for your addition : )

  17. Farouk says:

     that’s so right Ben
    thanks for your addition : )

  18. Farouk says:

     hi Cherry
    thanks for the comment and the link
    will check it now : )

  19. Farouk says:

     that’s so right
    i should have included it in the article
    thank you : )

  20. ofwnurse says:

    your welcome =)

  21. Life-Quotes says:

    I was just browsing for related blog posts for my project
    research and I happened to discover yours. Thanks for the useful information!
    :-)
     

  22. Suzanne says:

    Hi Farouk!
    Great article. These points will help so much when life takes a turn we don’t expect! I believe a back up plan is good too. Have a list of feel good things to turn to when this happens. Could be music, a good book, quotes, or even a journal of past successes.

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  24. hebehemi Sato says:

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  25. Chavah Golden says:

    I have learned a really great way of using #1, “Do something.” I call it “Go Over it First.” It comes from Rebbe Maharash, who is famous for the following aphorism: “The world says that if you cannot crawl under an obstacle (or go around it), then try to leap over it. However, I say, do not even bend down to pass under it; leap over it in the first place!” Act vigorously, don’t be deterred by obstacles, act as needed in every situation, and strength will come.

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