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Different strokes for different folks. Monday May 13, 2013

Advice on how to cope with depression and anxiety isn't in short supply, but it's unrealistic to think that everything works equally well for all people. This isn't just true for self-help of course, but for a huge range of human experiences.

Take sport, for instance. A coaching tip that connects with one person might have no impact on another. As our friend told us, after years of struggling, his skiing was immediately improved when his instructor explained that turning required the same shift of weight you use to dodge around an opponent in rugby. It worked for him but not for anyone else in the group.

The moral is, try lots of different things until one connects directly with you. You don't know what it's going to be until you give it a go. One Moodscoper told us that for her, the best coping mechanism is a particular form of exercise, not exercise in general. Her guaranteed antidote her is circuit training - a gym session where you go through a prescribed set of exercises, moving from one routine to another without break, followed by a period minutes of stretching and relaxation.

She's tried many other forms of working out but none came close as a mood-booster. She's not exactly sure why circuit training is her thing. Perhaps it's because you have to follow a set routine, with no room for decisions. In a way, it doesn't matter why it works so well. She's just glad that she discovered an infallible method of lifting her mood.

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Rob Mon, May 13th 2013 @ 8:07am

Great advice, thanks. We're all individual and see the world in different ways.

Anonymous Mon, May 13th 2013 @ 9:09am

I really like the recent Moodscope blogs. They are presenting new ways at looking at our mental health issues in quite a liberating way. Giving us an opportunity to think outside the box. No one size fits all. It's true of medication; for instance one particular drug does not help everyone who suffers from the same illness so why not true of remedies for psychological problems? CBT didn't help me long term but I know it's an invaluable tool for many. I find music listened to on my own or going to a rock concert a great mood lifter. I am wondering what mood boosters others have found successful?

Anonymous Mon, May 13th 2013 @ 10:35am

Art and doing anything creative helps me. And seeing other people. My worst kind of day is being alone.

Lostinspace Mon, May 13th 2013 @ 11:17am

Just to say I love the definitions of the different "moods" under each word, really helps me as my definitions were always on the "down" side! Thanks guys, enjoying your new stuff too. Today's post - I often "forget" to listen to music and it really makes me feel better rather than hearing my own problems in a silent vacuum. Mind you, got to pick the right stuff - no Mahler on a bad day!

Anonymous Mon, May 13th 2013 @ 12:18pm

Good post. And so true. There is no one size fits all, but it's good to be reminded as sometimes you can feel a bit of a failure if something doesn't work.

Julia Mon, May 13th 2013 @ 12:30pm

Yes agreed, you have to pick the right music and for me I have to play it loudly and on my own. I don't listen to music nearly enough and tend to have the radio on all day which can be informative and interesting but sometimes depressing listening to the same old negative comments on current affairs and gloomy war stories in conflict zones. I do find though the background sounds of people talking can be comforting whatever they say if I am on my own. And I sort of feel I am missing out on important world events and opinions if I don't listen to regular news bulletins and current affairs programmes. I don't know where that came from! Some inner voice telling me to learn more, don't relax, always be on the ball, be ready to have an opinion and be up to date on things when in company. Bit sad really! Having written this I can see I must make time for music.

alliterati Mon, May 13th 2013 @ 2:15pm

Very true. I know people who swear by therapy but it has never worked for me. Yet doing CBT on my own seems to have.

When it comes to short-term just getting myself feeling somewhat better I find looking for a new book (including at the library) and taking a nap can help. The nap has the added bonus of me sometimes waking up with an answer to how to deal with what was exacerbating my anxiety.

Caroline Ashcroft Mon, May 13th 2013 @ 2:41pm

Thanks everyone, seems like this blog hit the right spot!

Anonymous Mon, May 13th 2013 @ 6:01pm

Pulling up weeds especially!

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