Improve your mood with these suggestions. But first, understand that our moods are temporary states of mind and are within our control.
There are basically two types of moods, one is good and the other is bad. Both are temporary states of mind.
Normal people go through several states of mind in a day. They’ll feel cheerful and lively and they’ll experience positive related emotions. The feeling can last throughout the day but someone can trigger something in them and they’ll feel grouchy, sulky or grumpy.
This is normal, meaning it happens to everybody and is not a disorder or an illness. It becomes a problem only if you have frequent mood swings when one moment you feel ecstatic and the next you feel gloomy and show your irritability.
A quick way to instantly improve your mood from bad to good is to change your physiology or your focus of attention. It will immediately change your state of mind and the way you feel.
So, whenever you feel out of sort, do any of these:
1. Take a few deep breaths.
2. Go outside, take a walk, do something in the garden, go for a swim or run.
3. Think happy thoughts and smile.
4. Take a cold shower.
5. Watch a funny video or movie that can give you a good laugh.
6. Listen to music that elevates your mood.
7. Read an interesting book.
8. Write your thoughts in a journal.
9. Go for a drive.
10. Play with children or your pet.
11. Talk with someone who is cheerful.
12. Look around you and notice things that you feel grateful for in your life.
Those are some of the ways to change your mood in an instant. But it is better if you work on managing your emotions so that you can be in the best states of mind a majority of the time.
How to Improve Your Mood – 6 Tips
1. Understand Your Moods.
Your moods are influenced by your mental conditioning. You interpret and react to a situation or people based on your mental representations. What it means is, when you hear or see something, your brain tells you how to react or feel based on what has been stored inside your head, and how you have reacted in the past in a similar situation.
2. Become Aware of Your Moods.
You get in and out of one state after another based on your mental images. You have little control unless you are aware and make a conscious decision on how you would like to respond. By becoming aware, you can “catch” your emotions in action.
What you do when you notice a change in your mood is to ask yourself questions such as:
1. What was I seeing in my head?
2. What was I telling myself?
3. What has this person or situation got to do with how I am feeling right now?
4. Do I like how I am feeling?
5. What or do I want to feel right now?
You change your focus and your mood simply by asking yourself questions and deciding what you want to feel right at this instant. The important thing is to be aware of the changes in your emotions.
3. Watch Your Eating Habits.
Too much sugar, caffeine, alcohol and fat in your diet change your biochemical state and make you feel cranky. When you don’t eat right and consume without regards to your digestion and health, you suffer discomforts. This will result in feeling tired, lethargic, sluggish and listless. You aren’t productive or friendly in this condition.
4. Live a Healthy Lifestyle.
Do regular physical exercise and activities to de-stress, release tension and keep fit. When your body is in good shape, your mind and your emotions correspond to it. Allow time for rest and relaxation. Get sufficient sleep. Take time off to get in touch with nature. You function better when your mind is calm.
Going out, meeting and interacting with people and getting involved in social activities such as playing sports are some of the ways to bring joy into your life. You can also go out and meet a relative or a friend for a cup of tea and to chit chat. Volunteering or doing something for others would also help improve your frame of mind because your focus will shift.
6. Change Your Perception.
Remind yourself that everything going on inside is a mind’s game. It is how your mind sorts and perceives external events. Remember that people have their own positive intentions for their behaviors and attitudes. Your reactions are based on yours. Their behaviors do not have to cause you to feel moody.
And stop labeling yourself . Get rid of the “I am a moody person” identity. Replace it with something like “I am not my mood. I choose to have control over my emotions.”
If you are always showing your moody and unpredictable personality, you become a difficult person to work with or to relate to. People will avoid you because they have to wait until you are in a better disposition to talk. You will feel more unhappy and miserable.
So make an effort to work on improving your mood. When you are in a good mood, you will also be more creative, optimistic and motivated.