Bettering Your Mood

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“Mood has to be controlled. Otherwise, it’s your master.”
Toba Beta

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Sometimes you may find yourself in a bad mood, an unpleasant mood that is not easy to shake off. The mood seems to have such a grip that changing your thoughts and thinking of positive things does not work.

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Our moods effect our body – our physiology (all of it and not just our posture) as well as our mind – our thinking (mental images and self-talk). Each feeds the other and maintains or strengthens our mood. This means we need to change both to ensure our mood change lasts.

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The quickest ways of shaking off a negative mood is to change your ‘physicals’, your physiology. ……Change your posture, facial expression, breathing, movements, muscle tension, etc.

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Sit less, move more. We sit too much. Many of us spend six or more hours a day sitting – at work, in cars, and on settees. Our bodies evolved to be physically active most of our waking hours but this design no longer suits our modern life.

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All this sitting actually makes us tired, causes health problems, and does no encourage a bright, up beat mood. If you are unconvinced compare how you feel on days when you are moving around a lot with those which you spend much of your time sitting.

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Smiling eyes. Smile – even if you do not mean it. Not just with your mouth – make your whole face smile and especially with your eyes. Give this a fair trial – at least hourly for a day or two. You will find that it is not easy to stay grumpy or irritable with a ‘happy face’.

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Give it a try next time you feel a bad mood coming on.

Act the way you WANT to feel.”
Gretchen Rubin

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