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The 20 Moodscope cards. Thursday September 12, 2013

In recent months we've been asked by many of our members if we could give specific advice or tips on how to improve in the areas that adjectives on the cards cover. For example, if, say, someone was feeling 'jittery' today, they'd like to be given specific feedback on things to do to help them relieve those jittery feelings.

We think it's a great idea and know that the best advice will probably come from those who have experienced being jittery and have tried different strategies to combat that feeling - our Moodscope members.

To help focus us all, our brilliant blogger Lex has written a blog on each of the 20 adjectives which we'll be posting on the Moodscope blog over the next few weeks. If you'd like to share any coping strategies, ideas, insights, tips or advice that have worked for you, please let us know and add your thoughts to the comments section for each blog Lex writes.

Lex's first blog will be posted tomorrow morning.

I hope you have a good day.

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Kdakin Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 7:51am

This is, at first sight, a seemingly ridiculously easy way of getting rid of "jitters" - stop drinking coffee. Don't get me wrong - I love coffee especially the freshly brewed variety. For the first few days you may not notice any difference but after about 5 or 6 days without drinking it your jitters should stop. You might say it has something to do with caffeine but I am sure this isn't so because I drink tea in large enough quantities to know it doesn't have the same effect. Coffee contains many aromatic compounds besides caffeine and I am certain it makes me jittery. The important thing to realize is that it's not until you stop that you actually notice. I have stopped for about 30 years now but sometimes get tempted by the aroma of freshly milled coffee and it really does take me around a week to resume my former "non jittery" self, after even a single cup.
I found a similar effect with chocolate and fingernail biting. As long as I don't eat chocolate I don't bite my fingernails at all. If I have even one small piece of chocolate I may be unconsciously biting my fingernails within hours and it then takes a day or two to stop.Give both tricks a try and you may find it's really that simple. What have you got to lose by giving it a go?

Elizabeth Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 8:15am

Do you have experience with decaffeined coffee? I am quitting coffee now partly because of my fears and because I hope to balance my energy levels. Does decaff also make you jittery?

Miak Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 8:28am

Exercise - even something as simple as going for a walk for 20 mins from wherever you are. It gets the blood circulating round the body, increases the flow of endorphins, and the change of scene helps shift the mind off whatever is causing the jitters, even if only a little bit. It's not a cure-all - nothing is - but at times of extreme stress and anxiety, I've found exercise to be a key tool in my management toolbox, and it's pretty much a daily habit now. Better if you can find a form of exercise that you actually enjoy - and if that's too much for me at any point in time, I always come back to a gentle walk....

Anonymous Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 8:54am

I agree with Miak. A good brisk walk in the forest with dog does the trick, the dog is happy (doesn't need Moodscope, you can judge by the tail......)

Anonymous Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 9:07am

I think this is an excellent idea; I suffer from anxiety and as such terrible jitters, especially if I have something big to deal with. Moodscope cards do tend to focus me a bit of the things I can do to deal with it; mindfulness, relaxation techniques etc. but hearing from other people and how they deal with such things can be really useful as they might have a suggestion I haven’t considered.

Oh and decaff coffee can be really nice; there are some good ones out there now!

joanne Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 9:10am

Meditation and 'centering' yourself. It doesn't have to be for long but a bit of belly breathing ( deep long breaths which cause your tummy to rise and fall, in for a count of six and the same out) works for me. Meditation doesn't have to be a science just sitting quietly and focusing on your breathing. Takes a bit of practice but even a minute can be effective

Anonymous Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 9:54am

I agree with the comment above on giving yourself some breathing space....... stop what you are doing, take a few deep breaths, observe what it is that is making you jittery, consider whether it might be possible to make some changes, and then carry on with a clearer mind and a new approach.

fiona Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 10:16am

My first blog! Activity certainly helps. Im outside todat determined to remain here. Just gardening but it has lifted me

Anonymous Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 1:23pm

I agree with others about mindfulness/meditation/centering yourself. For me it meant that I started to accept the feelings of anxiety/jitteriness, rather than trying to ignore them which never really worked. Slowing down and breathing deeply, really has helped me.

Anonymous Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 3:34pm

FACE the feelings; ACCEPT them; Relax so you feel your body FLOAT as in water, then LET TIME PASS.
This is from the work of Claire Weekes, the world's leading light in the field of anxiety until her death. And it works a treat for me, has even helped me begin to conquer severe agoraphobia.

Anonymous Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 7:40pm

Oh, would that we were all dogs......

Roof Baker Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 8:09pm

I sleep so much better at night now that I monitor my breathing to calm down and as far as possible I let go of the day. Works for me.

Anonymous Sun, Sep 15th 2013 @ 11:32am

Very useful tips. I have some recorded sessions where someones introduce you to a relaxation. A voice that keep going with you step by step. It helps my when jittery arise and it's more difficult to control.

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