Managing your mood: Healthy coping methods

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​​In this section, we outline some quick tips for improving your mood. In the pages that follow, we’ll provide more in-depth information on specific techniques.

  • Stop putting yourself down. We can all get wrapped up in negative self-talk. When you catch yourself doing this, try to find a more positive way to approach the thought, or try to focus on something else completely to distract yourself from your negative thoughts.
  • Try new things. Experiment with different activities that will help you explore your different talents. Developing these new skills can help you feel great and allow you to learn more about yourself.
  • Recognize what you can change and what you cannot. If you are unhappy with something about yourself that you can change, then work towards changing it. For example, if you want to become more fit, make a plan to exercise every day and eat nutritious foods.
  • Set goals. Think about what you would like to accomplish in the short- and long-term. Make a step-by-step outline of how you plan to do these things. Think of ways to help you stick with your plan and keep track of your progress.
  • Exercise. It can make you healthier and happier! In addition to managing negative moods, moving and almost any form of exercise is also an important part of managing your pain.
  • Have fun. Spend time with people that you care about and do the things you love. Have a good time!
  • Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself. Do you have a particular friend or family member who always makes you feel safe? When you’re feeling low, try to spend more of your time with people in your support network who make you feel good about yourself, and who understand your chronic pain.
  • Make a contribution. Take part in a community charity event, volunteer your time to causes that you care about or even help mentor someone who is having trouble. Feeling that you are making a difference and that your help is valued can do a lot to improve your mood.
Last updated: May 2nd 2016