First things first, we would like to wish all our members a Happy New Year!
Thank you to all of you that have subscribed over the last couple of months and a special thank you also to all those members who have managed to make the Moodscope blog ‘the place to be’ by continually writing interesting and informative blog posts.
We’re excited for Moodscope in 2023. We now have a shiny new web site we are proud of and we know that making all the facilities available, members can get a lot more information about their moods, how they’re doing and what might be contributing to a low mood. For the first time in a long time, we will be actively promoting Moodscope as we know, now more than ever, it’s a service that is needed by so many and we take great pleasure in being there to help.
The new site features the Moodscope psychometric daily test with immediate feedback, graphs and a journal to track your mood, a supportive community including a buddy system and daily inspirational emails by other members. In addition there’s the ‘Triggergram’ showing what triggers your best and worst moods, alongside the ‘Affectogram’ showing your scores for all 20 tracked emotions.
And anyone that subscribes in January will benefit from a 21 day free trial. (All information can be found at moodscope.com.)
So if you’re feeling down and out after all the holiday festivities, start using Moodscope again, take control of your mood. One positive step could lead to many more.
Apart from using the Moodscope service, here’s a reminder few other accepted tips for good mental heath in 2023:
- Physical exercise is good for your body AND mind. Being active releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good; boosting your self-esteem and helping you concentrate as well as sleep well and feel better. Exercise contributes to less tension, stress and mental fatigue, a sense of achievement and a healthy appetite.
- Eat nutritious meals. In addition to playing a role in maintaining a healthy weight and staving off cardiovascular disease, our diet can also influence our resistance to disease, our likelihood of developing cancer, and may even help preserve cognitive function as we age. A healthy diet can boost brain function and improve mood, but research also suggests that deficiencies in certain nutrients may contribute to or exacerbate such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
- Good sleep contributes to a better mood. There are many things you can try to help yourself sleep well. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine that lets you unwind and sends a signal to your brain that it's time to sleep. Create a restful environment: bedrooms that are dark, cool and quiet are generally easier to fall asleep and stay asleep in. Avoid using screens in the evening, including on smartphones and tablets. The light from the screen can have a negative effect on sleep. If you can't sleep, don't worry about it. Get up and do something relaxing like listening to music or reading until you feel sleepy.
- Stay connected with family and friends. Friendship is one of the most important relationships we have in our lives. Good friends are there for us when we need them and can help us navigate life’s challenges, as well as improve our mental health. Friendships can also provide an important source of social support, which is also essential for our mental health. In addition, a strong network of friends can help buffer against stress, loneliness, and anxiety, all potential mental health problems.
So are you worth it? Of course you are. Make 2023 the year you prioritise yourself and your mental health and wellbeing.
Love and best wishes from