My husband asked me a few days ago why I was in such a bad mood. I didn’t really have an answer for him. I realized I had been rather grouchy the last few days, but I couldn’t pinpoint why I was feeling so down.
So, I did some research into our moods. Are there certain things that can affect our mood – both positively and negatively?
See if you agree with these 9 truths that can put you in a good mood or bring you down in the dumps:
Who you spend time with matters
Some people complain about everything. If you spend time around someone who likes to gripe but doesn’t want to solve their problems, it can bring you down. You feel drained and some of their negative outlook can rub off on you. It’s important to spend time with friends whose company you truly enjoy. It’s good for your health and overall well-being.
Multi-tasking can tax your mood
Trying to juggle several balls at once can limit your ability to fully focus on and enjoy what you’re doing. It’s better to do one thing at a time and give it your full attention. Living in the moment helps you be fully present in the now, rather than worrying about what you need to do next, or even next week.
Exercise can make you feel good
Exercise helps the brain create new neurons, boost blood flow to the brain, and increase the levels of key chemicals in the brain that regulate mood. In addition, you’ll most likely feel a sense of accomplishment when you finish exercising, as well as many other rewards from a good workout.
Being disorganized can bring you down
Spending time looking for items or shuffling papers can leave you stressed and anxious. You may have misplaced your keys and end up being late for work. You can’t find an important document or forget to pay the credit card bill. By getting more organized, you can be more efficient and have greater peace of mind. Your mood will benefit when everything falls into place.
Music can lift your spirits
Music has been shown to lift a person’s mood, but it may depend on the type of music. Some music can improve moods while other music can make your mood worse. Learn more about the health benefits of music.
The weather can impact your mood
I will definitely agree that the weather can bring my mood down. I tend to get sinus migraines when rainy weather is coming. About 10% of US adults suffer from mood disorders, including seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD most often occurs in winter but can happen any time of the year. Sunshine can boost your mood and “spring fever” has been studied as a real phenomenon that can be brought on by warmer temperatures after cold weather.
Thinking about money can make you unhappy
Studies have shown that just thinking about money can make people unhappy. It’s not just worrying about daily spending or trying to balance your bank account. Experiments show that even subconscious reminders of money can dampen our spirits. So, create a budget, make sure your finances are in order, and then let it go.
Foods can affect your mood
Certain foods may help boost your mood. Studies show that people who eat more olive oil, salmon and walnuts are less likely to be depressed. These foods are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids and could have mood-boosting properties. On the other hand, eating a lot of sugar and carbs may make you feel good at the time, but you will crash later and feel tired and unmotivated.
A smile makes things better
Studies have shown that smiling can alter our stress responses in certain situations. Smiling, even if you’re not happy, can slow your heart rate and decrease perceived levels of stress. Smiling tells your body that everything is okay. Smiles are also contagious. When you smile at someone, it’s hard not to smile back. You can share your good mood with others.
While outside forces can have an impact on your mood, the biggest part of your mood is controlled by you. You can choose to let the external influences roll off of you and make a conscious decision to be in a good mood. Smile and enjoy the moment!