Patrick Martin

The Mental Health Toolbox Podcast

PATRICK MARTIN L.C.S.W.

  • Activity and Your Mood

Activity and Your Mood

Tuesday 7th January 2020

In this episode of The Mental Health Toolbox Podcast, Patrick Martin, a licensed psychotherapist, discusses the relationship between activity and mood, and how to unlock coping skills for depression.
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Activity and Your Mood: Unlocking Coping Skills for Depression

By highlighting the symbiotic relationship between activity and your mood, you will be better equipped to recall effective coping.
In episode 5 of The Mental Health Toolbox Podcast, licensed psychotherapist Patrick Martin delves into the second pillar of coping skills for depression: activity and its relationship with mood. He emphasizes the importance of being intentional about activities, even if it's difficult to predict pleasure while depressed. Martin explains how depression interferes with engaging in activities and provides tips on identifying previous enjoyable activities.
He also defines anhedonia, the clinical term for the flattening of interest in things, and provides advice on positive self-talk and focusing on solutions. To test different ideas, Martin suggests using a scale of one to nine and to interact positively with your environment. By predicting the outcome of activities, you can better recall effective coping mechanisms. To learn more about coping skills for depression, subscribe to The Mental Health Toolbox newsletter.
Remember, you always have a choice in how you show up in life. Listen to the full episode now here on alcoholfree.com.