1. It's the little things that make the biggest impact on your attitude. The little things you do daily can set you on or off course for a good mood. Take time to appreciate and recognize the small things like when your partner pours you a new cup of coffee or stopping to smell the flowers.
2. Remember, things could be worse....and you're not alone. You are not the only person who is struggling, and you won't be the last. So this also means that there are a good share of people who have overcome the same thing that you are currently going through. Catastrophe thinking (this is the worst it can me, the worst it's ever been) is disempowering and can squash a hopeful attitude.
3. Choose to see things differently. You can talk your way out of a bad mood. The things we say to ourself and the beliefs we focus on directly impact our mood. Instead of focusing on your weaknesses or the down falls of others, remind yourself of your strengths and be compassionate. It takes time and energy to be unhappy.
4. Don't take things too seriously, allow room for mistakes. Guilting and shaming yourself is quickest way to drain positivity.
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Raquel Buchanan practices marriage and family therapy in Upland, Palm Springs, and La Quinta Ca. Raquel offers counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and children. Raquel is a marriage and family therapist intern MFTI #85252 at Caulfield Counseling & Education and Norina Murphy & Associates.
Raquel Buchanan is a mental health profession in southern California who blogs about life and relationships. Raquel is on a mission to spread awareness about the impact of violence, abuse, and trauma. The information contained on this site is for entertainment purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional assistance. Contents contained in these blogs are based on true stories or the experiences of several several people and are fictional. Identifying information has been changed to protect the anonymity and confidentiality of therapy patients.