Behavior Change Results

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Behavioral Change Results
My behavioral change was to decrease my days of bad moods to only four in a month. I wanted to make this change because my moods had been affecting my productivity. With homework, graduate school applications, and an honors project, it was imperative for me to be productive. I used the Profile of Mood states questionnaire to track my moods. I filled out this survey once a week and answered the survey based on my overall mood for that week. I did reach my goal of reducing my bad mood days. I found out ways to help keep me motivated and productive. One thing was listening to music. I also tried to drink coffee every morning. There have been studies showing that coffee drinkers suffer less from depression than non-coffee drinkers. I also tried to keep myself around my friends. They helped motivate me just by being around me. Since we have the same goals, graduating from college, we were able to help keep each other on track. I think the results were definitely worth the effort. I have a better control of how I feel and I am more productive. There were a few setbacks. It took a while to find something that worked on my moods and of course I had to practice. If I could do something different I would have practiced managing my moods a little more, just so it wouldn’t have taken so long. I do plan on continuing because it’s a lifestyle choice that is important to me. I will need to be in control of my emotions for the rest of my life. I would say that I do have a different outlook on my mental health. I feel like it is more in my control. Thanks to the techniques I learned in my many psychology classes, I have finally come to a place where I know how to manage myself.
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