My mood: Key messages

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Many people feel self-conscious talking to others about their mental health concerns – they might be worried about sounding “crazy”, or they might think that they should just “suck it up” and deal with the problem on their own. In fact, one of the best ways to help overcome negative moods is to seek support from those around you.

While many of the strategies covered in this session have been shown to improve mood, if you ever feel like your mood has become unmanageable, seek help. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it can help to talk to a close friend, partner, parent, counsellor or doctor.

You can also contact the Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) or a local distress line​ and speak to a counsellor.

  • Stress is a common experience, and can affect us physically and emotionally. Try to recognize your personal signs of stress, and reduce stress levels by adopting a healthy lifestyle such as eating well-balanced and regular meals and exercising regularly.
  • Anxiety, depression and fear of pain are common ways in which chronic pain can negatively affect your mood. However, there are many things that you can do to manage your mood.
  • People who catastrophize about their pain tend to take longer to recover, because they over-perceive the threat associated with their pain.
  • Drugs and alcohol are unsafe and unhealthy ways of dealing with stress. Instead, focus on changing your negative thoughts to more balanced thoughts.
  • Thoughts only become important if you let them become important.
  • If you experience sadness, worry, lack of energy, disruptive thoughts or an inability to enjoy the things you used to enjoy before, you may want to seriously consider seeking help or speaking with a member of your healthcare team.
Last updated: May 2nd 2016