Low mood is prevalent for various reasons including the time of year in addition to the impact of the pandemic on so many the last two and a half years. CAMH study at the beginning of 2022 stated that 27.7% of Canadians are experiencing feelings of depression. An article from the Mayo Clinic states, woman are twice as likely to have depression than men, and speaks to how depression can arise at various stages in life. There are many well discussed ways to support increasing mood such as exercise, diet, exercise, sleep, yoga, meditation, and social connections. Below I explore four considerations to boost low mood that are not discussed as often:
Overthinking is pervasive, an article by Forbes Health quotes that more than half the population age 25 suffers from chronically overthinking. Research has shown that being in nature can significantly reduce rumination also referred to as overthinking. With the right mindset, supports and presence people are able to overcome overthinking and rewire their minds. Find below some considerations:
Self-doubt is all too prevalent, and can wreck havoc on our ability to follow through with what is important to us. It can leave us questioning if we are measuring up, if we are good enough, or if we have done something wrong. With the right tools and support it is possible to turn self-doubt on its head. Find below some considerations on challenging self-doubt:
Are you not sure how to answer your child’s questions about the death of your family pet? Concerned about how to support them in the grief? Many parents can be faced with coping with their own grief of the loss of a pet and supporting the grief of their child(ren). It is important to take care of yourself in the grief process in order to be able to be their for your child(ren) as well. Below are some tips to consider in supporting your child:
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.