Three Ways to Manage Your Mood

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Managing unwanted moods can be challenging when you have a mental illness, but it can be done. Learn 3 ways to manage your mood at HealthyPlace

Three Ways to Manage Your Mood

Living with mental illness or other mental health challenges can make moods difficult to manage. Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, interfere in the brain’s ability to regulate mood and emotion. Other mental health disorders, too, make moods hard to adjust (Different Moods of Anxiety and How to Tame Them).

When you experience moods you don’t want, whether they’re too high or too low or too anxious or too erratic, there are things you can do to regulate and improve your moods. Try these three ways to manage your mood.

  1. Distance yourself from you mood. Moods are fleeting emotions; they’re not the core of your being. Repeat a statement like this: “This mood isn’t who I am and is only something I’m experiencing.”
  2. Do something. Moods, no matter what they are, have a way of paralyzing us. Acknowledge your mood, and then act anyway. You don’t have to wait until you feel better to get going.
  3. Practice mindfulness. Instead of fixating on your mood, use your senses to pull yourself out of your head, out of your funk, and into the present moment. Then, find something pleasant to focus on.

With these three ways to manage mood, your mood might not change immediately, but chances are it won’t feel as bothersome. That’s something you can build on.

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Peterson, T. (2017, May 15). Three Ways to Manage Your Mood, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 18 from

Last Updated: May 17, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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