Balance

Five Keys to Mood

In Dr Liz Miller’s 2010 book, ‘Mood Mapping‘, Liz described five keys to mood as: 

  1. Surroundings
  2. Physical Health
  3. Relationships
  4. Knowledge
  5. Personality

I have worked with Dr Miller and others to developed these five keys. These Five keys to well-being allow a simple way to check what could be better in our lives and to give clues about eliminating disorder from our lives.

  • SURROUNDINGS
  • HEALTH
  • AUTONOMY
  • RELATIONSHIPS
  • EDUCATION

When things start to go wrong in any of these areas of our lives we are likely to find it increasingly difficult to be well and in the moods we want to be in.

Paying attention to more than just one or two of the keys helps us to restore balance to our lives and so often it is balance that is most needed after a bipolar diagnosis. When things are better in these areas of our lives we are likely to find it easier to be in the moods we want to be in and to be healthier, fitter and perhaps content with just enough happiness.

See: Five keys to well-being

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