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Combatting negative thoughts. Tuesday January 28, 2014

In August last year I was admitted to hospital after an overdose and was fortunate enough to receive some great therapy. Part of this was around combatting negative thoughts and turning them into less negative thoughts, or dare I say...more positive thoughts.

On discharge, I came back to Moodscope with a slightly different perspective. When I get to the positive cards, instead of dismissing them, I really look at what I have been doing and allow myself to score a little higher. Proud? Well, I did manage to achieve the tasks on my to do list and I called my mum, even though I wasn't really in the mood to talk. So yes, I am a little proud. I didn't let my mood dictate my actions. Active? I'm not running circuits, but I was able to get out of bed and shower without too much effort and I even managed a walk around the park.

I now use Moodscope daily, and really try to think about the words on the cards and pull the positives from my life. I find it really helps me put things in perspective and to stay focussed on the little achievements. My mood still fluctuates but my lows aren't quite so low, and my highs are that bit higher. If I wake up feeling low, I can use Moodscope to take a step back and put things into perspective. If I wake up feeling good, I can use Moodscope to celebrate my achievements.

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Silvia A Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 2:54am

Yes, after reading so many times to use Moodscope daily, I try my best not to forget about it. There are days, like today, when I think it is foolish to do it, there is nothing new, ( no progress) I will answer the same questions, the same way again. But I do the test.

By the way, I liked the green button "Take the test" and would like to suggest some colour to be used in the "save" button. Sometimes I forget to save my comment after the test and lose it. : (

Anonymous Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 7:13am

I very rarely do the test because after years of no improvement it makes me almost give up hope. I do, however, read the daily comments because I find them more helpful.

curious212000 Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 8:09am

I use it daily and it works for myself for over 3 years now, very good, the key for myself is to sleep correctly.

Melanie Lowndes Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 8:46am

I so agree with Kirsty's post. I have felt the same when doing the test and now try to answer on the positive side not the negative.
I felt low last night but I am on a programme at the moment to look for things to be grateful for each day and I found I could turn my mood to better even just by remembering someone sharing with me her situation (similar to mine) some time ago - I am grateful for that memory - makes me feel that I am not alone and not wrong to feel the way I feel. There were other things to be grateful for - lovely windfall apples I am still cutting up and eating, meeting a tenant for the first time who was lovely and made me a cup of tea, having an office and a home and my physical (digestive) health is improving.

Mary Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 8:51am

Lovely post Kirsty. Your heartfelt words will have resonated with so many today.

Anonymous Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 9:52am

I too have a tendency to feel low and see the negative in most things.Gradually I saw myself sinking and feeling quite black and decided I needed help.I was put on a short course of anti depressants which I was really nervous about and almost felt ashamed of needing such things,but the doctor said that sometimes all you need is to boost your 'levels' and this will kick start you back into gear.And it did and I feel so much better a year on(was only on them for 3 months).I would definitely recommend this course of action,I'd be interested to hear of anyone else who'd had the same experience.

Rupert Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 10:42am

I like all these comments. I dont do the test either as I know how I am feeling generally but have been on a couple of courses of anti deps which do help but I feel I can suffer withdrawal symptoms but definitely teaching your brain to focus on the positives is a big help for me.

Anonymous Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 11:13am

Really great stuff, Kirsty. Indeed, you can and should be very proud. xx

tom Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 12:05pm

Blessings and Peace

Lou Sharp Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 1:26pm

congratulations on sharing and writing that takes courage so celebrate being stronger. Moodscope and the various blogs, i.e. 4 rooms and then James Clear, Habits blog, helped me change little things daily, now after "Forks Over Plates" and nourishing body am feeling very energized and more balanced. Thanks Moodscope.

Silvia A Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 3:35pm

The same for me. However I have to learn to go to bed early. Yesterday I wrote "sleep" on the search engine above and read some good posts about sleep.

Dawn Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 4:26pm

I am very sorry to hear about your overdose Kirsty and it was brave of you to share your experiences. I hope things are better for you this year.

Julia Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 6:37pm

I didn't know about the search engine for Moodscope blogs. Now I do!

Cameron VSJ Tue, Jan 28th 2014 @ 8:37pm

Kirsty, I find it very brave and admirable that you are sharing this. My name is Cameron and I had a quick question about your blog. I was hoping that you could email me back when you have a moment. I really appreciate it.

Brendon Wayne Wed, Jan 29th 2014 @ 9:20am

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aerocatus Wed, Jan 29th 2014 @ 7:14pm

Thank you for this post, and for all the other Moodscope posts, each of which have the capacity to inspire, or to gently remind that there is another alternative way of looking at things; to regain a degree of perspective as you say. Your commitment and honesty are brave and encouraging, Kirsty. Best of luck with your own journey forwards.

Anonymous Fri, Jan 31st 2014 @ 4:57pm

Very good post - thank you. I think I will try your idea of focusing on achievements and positives, however small .... as well as acknowledging negatives as reasons to cut myself some slack, be kinder to myself and also to use my emotions to point to what I'm wanting/lacking as 'struggles to be solved/resolved' and/or 'character building issues' [!].

Again thanks ... and best wishes to all 'moodies'.

Moody x

... and giving myself credit for facing and bearing the difficult stuff.

Expatriate Tax Services Wed, Mar 19th 2014 @ 3:28pm

Thanks for sharing. Some people needs this.

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