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I'm the gal-in-charge @ moodfoodmove.com
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And here we are at the last day of this week's moodfoodmove theme how Caring for a Pet helps people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. I knew the value of pets for boosting mental health before this week. But it's reinforced how animals give us so much - just by being themselves. Our pets love us unconditionally, help us have fun, encourage us to be more responsible, hold us accountable, ease our stress, offer a soothing presence, alter our behaviour, distract us, and promote trust. Each of these is so good for our souls. And it's our beaten down souls which need supported when we're getting back on our feet. Borrow a pet, or spend time with animals. It can only be good for you. Plus our love and appreciation of them is good for them too. Win-win. #PetTherapy #pets #mentalhealth #depression #addiction
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Today is Day Four on the moodfoodmove theme of how Caring for a Pet helps people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. Do you believe that the last thing someone with mental health challenges needs is the responsibility of caring for an animal? Well, no, that's not the case. Even though taking responsibility for yourself can be tough at times, we find that the responsibility a pet demands gives you the discipline needed to press on with recovery and getting better. It adds a new and positive focus to your life. Taking care of a pet can help give you a sense of your own value and importance. It will remind you that you are capable - that you can do more than you might think. A pet is good for you, and you are good for your pet. p.s. this is a photo of Bozo, a local free-spirited cat whom we befriended. #PetTherapy #mentalhealth #depression #addiction #recovery
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And here we are on Day Three (but the first infographic!) on How Animals Help people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. And what nicer way can you think of demonstrating this than by the message of reminding us that pets help us have FUN! The ultimate goal of recovery from depression/addiction/anxiety is to live lightly: to be able to negotiate the ups and downs of life, and to return to a state of ease and comfort. Playing (as in the act of play) helps so much with this. Pets encourage us to be playful - whether it's tossing your pooch a ball in the park, or dangling a piece of string for a kitten. Life can be light, people! And your pet it will show you how... whilst boosting your levels of serotonin and dopamine, feel-good chemicals are low in folk with #mentalhealth challenges like #depression, #addiction, #anxiety. x #pets #PetTherapy
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I hope that everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving break (or for the non-USA moodfoodmovers - a happy four-day break from my inspiring posts!). This week's moodfoodmove theme is how having a pet helps people prone to mental health issues like #depression, #addiction, #anxiety. There is so much more to owning a pet than companionship. During this week we'll cover a number of topics involving pet ownership, and how they positively impact your mental health. Included will be: being responsible for another creature, helping you see the lighter side of life, and easing your stress. In the last five years we have seen a greater recognition of Pet Therapy: giving troubled teens, older adults, and folk with mental health challenges time with animals. You can love a pet, and he can love you back. x #pets #PetTherapy
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With tomorrow being Thanksgiving (I'm in the USA) this is a short week - so today is the last posting of moodfoodmove's theme for the week: How Remembering That You Always Have Options helps people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. Today's message revolves around the psychological phenomenon: Learned Helplessness. Learned helplessness is associated with depression. It describes that quality of depression where you retreat to your bed and just give up on trying to impact the world. You give up your agency, sense of purpose, and feeling of hope and find yourself deep in a hole. Avoiding collapsing into Learned Helplessness, and escaping from it utilises the same strategy: Keep trying, try something else, try another option, don't give up. You have more options to try. #mentalhealth #depression #anxiety
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Today is Day Two of moodfoodmove's theme for the week: How Remembering That You Always Have Options helps people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. Have a look at the infographic. If you are struggling with your mental health there are things you can try. Lots of things, in fact. Your mental health situation is never hopeless. Just get up each day, and keep trying. 'Trying' doesn't require full focus, attention and commitment (which you don't have when you're really unwell). It just requires turning up the dial a little. Go for a walk, if you don't exercise. Start taking fish oil alongside your medication. Do 10 long slow deep breaths before you leave the house. At the end of the day think of 5 things that you're grateful for. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier. Try something new, something small - it will help. #mentalhealth #depression #addiction #anxiety
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Here we have the first post for moodfoodmove's theme for the week: How Remembering That You Always Have Options helps people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. I am speaking from well-honed experience when I say there are always other options to try. You are you - unique. Chances are you don't know what works well for you. The only way to know is to try things. Exercise might help your mental health a lot, you love it, you find something you really enjoy. Or you may hate exercise, it's a chore and you struggle to keep it up. But then you get a dog, and you love that little beast - he gives you so much delight, and your life feels better! Or you cut out sugar from your diet, or you join a prayer group, or you learn to play the trumpet, or you change medication, or you get a therapist. Try things, peeps! #depression #mentalhealth #anxiety
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Today I'm introducing the new moodfoodmove theme for the week: How Remembering That You Always Have Options helps people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. Whilst last week's theme on Relapse Prevention Plans was aimed at folk at the more distressing end of the mental health symptoms spectrum, this topic is for everyone. And I mean everyone - anyone who wants a happier and healthier life. The reason for this is because Remembering That You Always Have Options encapsulates perspective, persistence, patience. And it's really the pivot point of moodfoodmove: to keep on trying, to not give up, to try something new... and to yet again try something else. There are so many ways to improve your mental health, and strengthen your foundation. You always have options. #depression #mentalhealth #anxiety
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Today is the last day on moodfoodmove's theme of how Making a Relapse Prevention Plan helps people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. Before I focus on today's message I'd like to ask you to read yesterday's off-topic post if you've not done so already. I feel that it's an important one as helps you understand the point and goal of moodfoodmove, which is to help you find what's right for you so that you can live a happy healthy life despite being prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. Today is my favorite message: commit to finding ways to replace your bad habits with healthy habits. These healthy habits will stabilise your mood, and give you a robust foundation. In time life will become easier, you will become more resilient, and you'll like yourself more. If that's not a win-win, then sheesh, what is?! #depression #addiction #anxiety #relapseprevention
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Today I am taking the moodfoodmove bus down a wee detour. Today I am 50yo. I have never been happier in my life than I am now. I'm sharing this with you because this is where the moodfoodmove bus is taking you. Moodfoodmove is about sharing tips and tools for stabilising the bullshit and misery that is #depression, #addiction, #anxiety. It's so unnecessary to live like that, and feel like that, when there are healthy positive ways to become happy, healthy, stable. Moodfoodmove offers a vast array of ideas, week after week. Some of them will help you, others won't. The point of moodfoodmove is to find what works for YOU. It's by knowing yourself, and how your mental health gets worse and gets better - that, like I've done, you can live a happy life. Love to you all, Ava x
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