I’m going to show you how to learn problem-solving. A simple technique anyone can learn which can help you overcome low mood and worry and live more effectively. As an example, imagine a bill arrives in the post. Perhaps you don’t pay the bill because you feel low or overwhelmed. Perhaps you end up avoiding it, distracting yourself or doing nothing. In the short term, you might well feel relieved, but in the long term you’re very likely to feel even more low and more overwhelmed. However, by learning problem-solving you discover how to turn this vicious cycle around by changing your behaviour. Here we can see the 7 steps involved in problem-solving.
This video focusses on how to increase our motivation when feeling low using a technique entitled behavioural activation. Avoiding and withdrawing are common symptoms of depression as you may find it difficult to carry out everyday activities.
Challenging Unhelpful Thinking
In this video, we talk to you about a way to improve your mood by challenging unhelpful thinking. Challenging unhelpful thinking is an evidence-based approach to improving low mood or anxiety. It works by identifying negative or unhelpful thoughts and gathering evidence as to the accuracy of the thought. This evidence then helps us to develop a more realistic and helpful thought.
Learning about how to be more active is one way of helping to improve your mood and manage worry. There are many benefits for being active and it can give you a sense of taking control of your life and make you feel more confident. Focusing on the things that we’re supposed to be doing or the things that we enjoy can give us a sense of pleasure or achievement. Doing nothing can make you feel lethargic and tired and this can contribute to depression. Being active helps to reduce worrying or dwelling on negative thoughts. In this video we discuss the different types of activity and the benefits of being active.