Paul – Mood Matters
Forty seven year old Paul Lonsdale experienced low mood and anxiety following work related stress from a demanding career. Recognising the signs, Paul decided to enrol on a six weeks mood matters course at MyWellbeing College and has never looked back; crediting the course with giving him the tools he needed to help to tackle the problem.
Paul explained: “At work my job had changed, which wasn’t necessarily what I wanted or what I was comfortable with. That led to low confidence, which started to erode away slowly. That was the trigger for me to experience a bit of anxiety and it snowballed from there. I realised that something wasn’t really right when I shouted at my cat for being hungry and meowing at me, something he does every single morning as he’s a very greedy cat, and it was just that that made me stand back and realise I needed some help as this wasn’t really me. This isn’t how I should react or how I normally react, so I decided to get some help.
“I decided to go to my GP and she was very understanding about it and told me I was suffering from anxiety and we worked out it was all work related. She recommended that I enrol on a self-help group. A couple of weeks later I got an invitation to a mood matters course.
“It helps you to identify how mood can affect thoughts negatively, and how negative thoughts can affect mood. Completing the course was an opportunity for me to have a look at the way I think, how I think, why I think, what I think and it was an eye-opener. It was these negative thoughts that were putting me in a specific mood that was unhelpful to everyday situations that you would normally cope with. Because of how I was feeling I was flipping it round to a negative, which wasn’t helpful so the course made me aware of my thought patterns and how I could change them. It helped me interrogate them with a realistic eye; it gave me lots of hints and tips on what I could do and there was lots of useful information.
“The mood matters course is available through the MyWellbeing College website, which I would recommend to anyone who is feeling a little low as there are loads of courses on there and you can refer yourself.”