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Improve Your Mood: Behavioral Activation

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Hannah Castillo
Mental Health Counselor
Behavioral Activation is a concept taken from psychology. It suggests that by deliberately practicing specific behaviors you can “activate” a more positive mood. Use this short track to help you learn how to apply this principle in order to begin to improve your mood.
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4 reflections
Behavioral activation
It’s so true that making a habit of engaging in healthy activities is essential for our mental and physical health. It seems true also that having periods, either short or long, of semi-isolation helps prepare us for the mission of being able to handle a consistent regimen of healthier choices. Self-reflection is good, but certainly not in large doses. It’s all about balance in life. Hard to achieve but possible with practice, meditation, prayer.
Stress and sadness
I learned that when I pull away from interacting with others I feed my monster of stress which brings on sadness and I fall deeper away from me and the activities I enjoy. I have to consciously plan to be engage in activities that I enjoy especially with loved ones.
Move mood move
Having a choice to add movement motion to alter mood means I have to be aware that I am in federal plan and not dawdle. Stretching taking a deep breath lots of quick maneuvers ti break the stuckness
A very useful reflection indeed. When I was depressed I found it impossible to do things and a friend sugggested going for a walk. Even A short one and it works.
I learned that even small activities like going for.short or meeting a friend that you have not seen for a while can help. I will try to incorporate in my routine.