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Secret Shifters: Improve your mood.

So I suffer from anxiety. I guess it would be General Anxiety Disorder. I am fortunate that I don’t have panic attacks. Occasionally my anxiety gets so bad it affects my behaviour and I act in an irrational way. When this happens, I use some “secret shifters” to improve my mood. When I read the book “The Secret“, the author talked about using tricks and activities to shift your mood. Here are some of the things I do to help my anxiety and make me feel happier and more productive.

Always a good decision!

Making a smoothie is always good because I feel like I am getting lots of fruit, it’s healthy and I don’t make poor food choices by panicking about getting food quickly. I like blueberries, grapes and strawberries mixed with ice.

A not so healthy option!

I look at my photo albums or read messages from my friends in my Bridal Shower guest book. This is particularly useful as when I don’t hear from my friends in a while anxiety creeps in. Reading their messages or letters reminds me that they are busy living their lives but are there if I need them.

Listening to Romanian pop always lifts my mood, because of the peppy tempo, but also because it reminds me of a time when I was extremely happy. I have a lot of good memories of Romania, and made a lot of good buddies there.


Lighting candles and indulging in a little bit of HYGGE goes a long way. Taking time out to relax or meditate, helps me rationalise my thoughts. Something I have struggled with over the years.

Lovely Aroma candles from I-Herb.

Calling my mum often helps, although depending on her mood, it can also hinder! My sister is the wisest and most collected person I know, so sometimes she is a safer bet. Talking things out with someone detached from the situation makes everything seem much better.

Going for a run or a walk in the morning makes me feel so much better and prepared for the day. I usually run at the weekends and if I skip my run because of weather or sickness, I generally feel a bit miffed. Swimming also helps, and is very relaxing in the hot Hong Kong weather.

My running spot

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any “Secret Shifters”.


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