How we feel can typically change day by day and even minute by minute. Our mood can often impact much more than we realise, so diving a little deeper into why we feel what we feel can be incredibly important from time to time. This week can be the perfect time for all of us to look closer and understand ourselves a little more.
In many ways, we are taught to think of our mood as a reflection of outside circumstance, determined by how well we like our jobs, how our homes feel, or how wealthy we are. While these outside aspects of our lives can have immense impacts upon how we make decisions, what we think about the events in our lives, how our bodies feel, and our behaviour, they are not determining factors for how we feel.
While over 60% of viewsbankers say they feel happy most of the time, nearly 30% of us feel either grumpy or sad more often than not. While moods other than happiness are completely natural and are not to be ignored or done away with, we all want to feel good the majority of the time!
So, what can we do about it this week?
Consider our thoughts carefully. This crucial part of mood is often looked over. That little voice in our head, our thoughts and our self-talk have immense impacts upon how we feel about ourselves, others, and life on the whole. If our thoughts turn negative, it is important to recognise when and why this is happening. Doing our best to build up our positive self-talk can truly change how we feel and act!
Understand our environments. While environment isn’t everything, it can have a large impact. Listening to how we feel when we’re at home, work, or with friends and family can help us to support ourselves and be around positivity more easily.
Take a look at mood and emotion. Understanding the differences between short-term emotions and long-term mood patterns can help us to
Finding the connections to positive and negative emotions. Taking note of when we feel anxious, sad, happy, and relaxed can help us to recognise the triggers and support we find naturally.
Considering our support systems. Looking around ourselves to see who and what makes us feel safe, where we know we will have support, and where we do not can be incredibly important in bringing more joy into our lives.
Eating some mood-boosting food! There are many foods that don’t feel good for our bodies, so why not add in a few that can help make us feel great? Take a look here for a great list!
Making changes! This can be scary, especially if we are already struggling. Taking small steps and being patient is key here.
Want to improve your Monday mood right now? Try these simple steps and see how you feel!
Listen to upbeat music
Get in a good laugh
Walk around the block
Give someone a hug
Think about what went well
Allow yourself to vent
These tactics can have immediate effects, making us feel fresh, renewed, and happier! While these can be great lessons in how fluid our mood and emotions can be, we must also realise that our moods can be made up of a multitude of factors. Lasting change will often require patience and our continued commitment. Feeling truly great can take a lot of work, but we all know it is well worth it!
Let us know your thoughts and experiences on shifting your mood in the comments below!