Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Basics On Moods
Chapter 2 Identify Where The Mood Is Coming From
Chapter 3 Get In A Take Charge Frame Of Mind
Chapter 4 Learn To De-stress
Chapter 5 Watch What You Eat And Drink
Chapter 6 Learn To Let Up On Yourself A Bit
Chapter 7 The Benefits Of managing Moods
Chapter 8 Staying Motivated To Manage Moods
Chapter 9 Staying On Track
Chapter 10 Making Resolutions For Managing Moods
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Identify Where The Mood Is Coming From
What really is the difference between moods and feelings? Both of them describe your emotions; the difference is only about how long they’ll last. Feelings are actually transient, meaning that they are the result of the current situation that you are and they can change instantly. Moreover, a mood lasts for hours or even for days. Uncomfortable feelings usually vanished by itself, but your ‘bad mood’ needs some efforts to change.
Where Are They Coming From
What Causes Your Moods?
Moods are being caused by your psychological and physical states. If you say you’re feeling good, you are probably describing contentment or good health. Likewise, if you say you’re feeling bad, you are probably describing sadness or cold. Teasing out both the state of your body and mind is somewhat complicated because they influence one another.
On the other hand, there are also different physical causes and means to your moods. For instance, low sugar levels of blood, hunger, or sleep deprivation – all these cause change in your moods. The energy level of your body also causes change in your mood. Many people usually feel energetic and most upbeat in late mornings and in early afternoons but less energetic and less upbeat during late afternoons and evenings.
On the neurological level, the type and amount of chemical from your brain called neurotransmitters also underlie most moods. In addition to that, activities in the different part of your brain also cause distinct mood states. Lastly, hormonal changes of the body are basically linked to your moods. These changes generally are evident in specific stages of life like adolescence, and menopause and menarche for women.
It gets more complicated – seasonal changes can also affect your moods. The quantity of the present ultraviolet light has been believed to affect moods. During winter season, when the number of daylight hours is fewer, some people experiences Seasonal Affective Depressions or SAD. Also, various illnesses cause certain physiological changes which in turn affect your mood states.
Physiological disorders are also believed to affect the moods. Depression may cause you to feel hopeless or worthless and you may lose pleasure and interest in your everyday activities. Bipolar disorders include above mentioned symptoms mixed or alternating with your feelings of distractibility, inflated self esteem, and restlessness. Anxiety disorders cause generalized feeling of worry and irritability. There are some of the most common physiological issues that usually affect moods.
Moods And Emotions
Moods basically involves more than emotion. They bring about different changes in your judgment, thought, actions, and in the body’s basic functions. In fact, the different mood disorders are not emotional disorders. In terms of mood disorder, a person loses his/her ability of seeing emotions in perspectives and acting wisely against them.
Mood disorders basically disrupt the essential connections between your brain’s action center and emotional center. These 2 parts of your brain are connected, that’s why your judgments and actions are influenced by your emotions. When that connection has been disrupted by specific mood disorder, a person may either act or not act.
Get In A Take Charge Frame Of Mind
Your current mood, in a very significant way, is considered your life. Your predominant moods establish the tone of your life. If your moods are predominantly content, happy, or any other positive moods, chance is you will say that you are having a great life. But if your moods are predominantly negative, well… You get the picture.
What type of mood are you having right now? Why are you in this particular mood? Do you wonder where this mood comes from? Are you able to control you mood, make a choice about it?
Great news! According to various positive psychology researches and in other related fields, you can actually take control over your moods, learn to become more optimistic, be even happier, and thus live a much happier and better life that you want for yourself.
There are actually three ways for moods to happen – without your knowing, if something happens, whether it is good or bad, and because you choose to do take control of your mood and change it deliberately.
Waking up early in the morning, what mood are you in? Do you often notice you mood? Does your awareness thoughts like, “Oh no, it’s already time for me to get up!” Or “oh no, I really forgot to… “. These will really get you on a mood, right?
If you start the day with an ‘Uh oh’ or ‘oh no’, the bad or sour mood that it creates can actually have a strong negative effect on your entire day as well as on your entire well being. If you do not intervene with this, you have just decided that other things will go wrong and feel wrong and it can also create stress all through your day.
So, how will you ever take control your moods and be a happier person?
Catch yourself from the act: Most people have this thinking habit that puts them in the bad mood. Worrying, regretting, and self criticism are one of these thoughts. If you see yourself doing this negative thought habit, STOP. Don’t always beat yourself for some simple things that you’ve done for the day. You might consider telling yourself that you are not supposed to waste your time blaming yourself for simple things, instead think of something much better. Remember, anything will progress if you continue to indulge yourself to negative thoughts.
Focus on the positive thoughts: You can actually create positive thinking habits – create a discipline of thinking only positive thoughts. Why not make your own gratitude journal and write the things that you are thankful for. Get that habit of appreciating and acknowledging people and things around you. Vision you positive future. The time spent for thinking positive thoughts is a time well-spent.
Changing your language is also helpful: Your word, spoken out loud or to yourself or in your own thoughts, actually have great influence and power on your mood. Phrases such as ‘I can’t….’ can affect your mood. Replace this with ‘I can… ‘Or even ‘I choose to…’ and you will notice a difference on how you feel.
Learn To De-stress
There are lessons that you need to learn in order for you to be healthy and control your mood swings. First, you should know the stress is natural and it is a necessary facet of your life.
You feel stress as you feel threatened, afraid, or when you sense that something is actually causing you to feel unbalanced or unsettled. It’s quite normal. Second, you need to know that too much of a stress can be dangerous to your health. This is the reason why you should learn to de-stress, it is highly essential.
Fortunately, there are lots of simple things for you to do every day in order for your mind to unwind. As your mind unwinds, you body will recuperate and relax from all the events and things.
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