Mood Swings | How to Get in a Good Mood
- Mood is the state of mind you choose to adopt
- Your mood has three elements — how it makes you feel, what it does to your body, and what your mood makes you do.
- Moods and emotions seem to be strongly linked to the structures in the center of the brain, where unconscious activities are controlled.
- Some scientists think the way you feel causes changes in the body — you are happy so you smile, for example, while other scientists think changes in the body alter the way you feel — smiling makes you happy. Both of these previous statements are true.
- Certain memories or experiences are so strongly linked in your mind that they can often trigger a mood automatically.
Mood Swings | How to Get in a Good Mood
Scientists are only just beginning to discover how the different moods swings you experience are linked to different parts of the brain, however there has already been vast amounts of research conducted into how to eliminate mood swings. There are known ways for hot to get in a good mood and we can all re-program our brains and affect our state of mind using these simple to follow practices.
The following list forms my seven personal recommendations for how to get in a good mood and get rid of mood swings once and for all. You can start doing all seven of these following tips today and start to experience these benefits, often immediately. However the first step to lifting your mood involves having the belief in yourself that you can. Now let’s get to it!
Happiness is not a destination to reach. It’s a state of mind you must strive to adopt.
Happiness has nothing to do with who you are or what you have. It’s solely a matter of how you choose to think.
How to Change your Mood Swings & How to Get in a Good Mood
1. How to Get in a Good Mood with music
Listen to upbeat music that makes you feel happy or energetic. Music is what emotion sounds like and you can directly influence and direct your emotional responses with the type of music you choose to listen to. Everything in the Universe is energy, or different vibrations of frequency, so being happy is simply a vibrational frequency you choose to create with your body and mind. If you have not yet mastered how to create any state of mind at will, you can trick your body and mind using the positive vibrations associated with happy feel good music. (1)
2. Get a Move On
If you’re already subscribed to my free email e-course, you will have probably discovered why it’s so important to keep your body moving in the article, ‘Sitting is Killing You’. When the body is not physically moving, all sorts of serious health complications begin to manifest and the beginning processes of such start to occur instantly. Not keeping your body moving is not just unhealthy, it can be life threatening, so keep moving, even if that simply involves going for a walk. (2)
3. How to Get in A Good Mood with Diaphragm Breathing
As an email subscriber, you will already be aware of ‘The Importance of Diaphragm Breathing’. Breathing from your diaphragm directly influences many physiological processes within the body and brain and greatly impacts upon your mood.
If someone sent you this email and you are not yet subscribed to this free e-course, sign up now and learn why diaphragm breathing is so important and how it greatly impacts upon not only your mood, but your overall health too. When we breath from the diaphragm, we produce less cortisol and more melatonin, two important hormones in the body that both affect your mood. (3)
4. How to Improve Mood Swings with Good Diet
You are already aware of the importance of eating healthy and nutritious foods. However did you know that skipping breakfast can affect both your energy levels and your mood? (4)
Skipping breakfast or going to work on nothing but a cup of tea or coffee may save you time and money, but it will end up costing you in many other ways. There have been many scientific studies conducted over the years that have researched the impact of skipping breakfast has upon the human body and almost all of them have concluded the same thing. Starting your day without a solid meal tends to have a slight but detectable impact upon mood, memory and energy levels.
In one study, published in the journal Physiological Behavior in 1999, a team of British researchers had 144 healthy adults fast overnight and then separate into several groups in the morning.
One group was allowed to eat a moderate breakfast, another ate nothing and a third had only coffee. The subjects were then monitored over several hours. Those that ate nothing, the study found, did the worst on memory tests and had the highest levels of fatigue at noon, four hours after they awoke. The coffee group, meanwhile, suffered no fatigue but had slightly lower scores on mental skills tests than those who had eaten a full breakfast.
Other studies have had similar findings, however research also suggests that the physiological effects of skipping breakfast tend to wear off after eating a normal lunch, except in cases where the meal is so large that it temporarily turns you into a sloth.
The bottom line is that skipping breakfast can have short-term effects on mood, memory and energy levels. And as logic would suggest, this could have an additional knock-on effect for those suffering from depression or anxiety.
5. Create your Own Mood Board to Combat your Mood Swings
A mood board is basically a collection of happy photographs, inspiring quotes, funny videos, positive affirmations and productive goals you have set yourself to achieve in the future. Whenever you feel a little down or need to re-establish your positive direction in life, get out your mood board and have flick through all the positive content you have created to pick you up and give your mood a boost.
Personally, I find inspiring quotes especially powerful, as our brains are easily programmed by the words we read. By simply reading and understanding a deep and insightful quote, you have an opportunity to learn something and re-program your mind and being with the energy associated with that quote.
To give you a helping hand and get you started, you’ll find a list of 101 Inspiration Quotes at this previous link.
6. Put the Kettle On and Have a Cuppa
A study published in the science journal ‘Food Quality and Preference’, has provided scientific support for why having a cup of black tea can have an uplifting effect upon mood. Unilever scientists investigated the immediate effects of tea consumption and found that a cup of black tea improved mood and tended to enhance creative problem solving.
The focus of the study was on the total tea experience including preparation and consumption and the specific results were revealing. The research reported an improvement in mood in the tea drinking group compared to a control group that had consumed only water. The findings that tea may also improve creativity were indicated by faster response times to problem solving challenges that had been set for both groups.
Lead scientist Suzanne Einother commented on the research saying:
“These findings appear to confirm what many of us suspect; that the close to sacred ritual of the tea break can effectively boost your mood, which in turn can lead to other benefits such as improved problem solving.”
“We suspect this effect is down to a combination of elements including aspects of tea preparation and the taste and aroma during consumption as well as simply taking a break from other activities. Further work is planned in order to better understand the nature of the effect tea has on mood.” (5)
The findings are the latest discovery for the world’s favourite beverage and can be added to other potential benefits that drinkers enjoy, such as for example, the increasing scientific evidence that points to the positive effect tea may have on heart health.
7. How to Get in a Good Mood by Grounding Yourself
Healers and energy channelers will immediately know what grounding (or earthing) is, however it should be known that grounding yourself also has proven scientific benefits for the body and has now been shown to help balance your mood.
There is already a vast amount of scientific, peer-reviewed evidence to show that coming into direct contact with the earth, that’s skin-to-earth-contact upon rock, sand, soil or grass, has a natural and automatic balancing effect upon the physical body which improves physiological health.
Now for the first time, the Developmental and Cell Biology Department from the University of California at Irvine, have researched and published their findings titled, ‘The Effect of Grounding the Human Body on Mood’ and their findings are significant. (6)
To quote the summary of their conclusion:
“Earthing (grounding) refers to bringing the body in contact with the Earth. Health benefits were previously reported, but no study exists about mood. This study was conducted to assess if Earthing improves mood. 40 adult participants were either grounded or sham-grounded (no grounding) for 1 hr. while relaxing in a comfortable recliner chair equipped with a conductive pillow, mat, and patches connecting them to the ground. This pilot project was double-blinded and the Brief Mood Introspection Scale (comprising 4 mood scales) was used. Pleasant and positive moods statistically significantly improved among grounded—but not sham-grounded—participants. It is concluded that the 1-hr. contact with the Earth improved mood more than expected by relaxation alone. More extensive studies are, therefore, warranted.”
It’s important to know that you do not live on nature, neither do you live with nature. You are nature! You are a part of nature and you are part of the Earth. When you take any species out of their natural environment, such as removing humans from their natural surroundings and herding them into cities and concrete jungles, it should be expected that all sorts of negative physiological and psychological conditions will ultimately begin to manifest.
Return yourself back to where you belong and get in direct physical contact with the natural earth. It’s scientifically proven to improve your health and lift your mood.
Final Thoughts on Mood Swings & How To Get in a Good Mood
These are a few of the most powerful and quickest ways to alter your state of mind, however the power of your own thoughts can not be underestimated and must be addressed. You will believe what you want to believe and if you are choosing to express negative thoughts, this will have a profound effect upon every aspect of your being, your mood included.
One of the biggest hurdles to changing your mind state is the self-imposed belief that you do not have the power or capability to do it. And if you believe such a concept, you create it and incorporate it as a part of your reality.
Keep this old saying in mind:
“Whether you think you can do something, or you think you can’t…either way you are right.”
Your mood swings can be controlled and eventually eliminated and with a little effort and belief you learn how to get in a good mood. Everything in life starts with the creation of a thought and is followed with the belief in yourself to achieve that thought. Your beliefs create your reality, so don’t block yourself with beliefs that limit your potential.
Hopefully now you can kick your mood swings to touch and learn how to get in a good mood for good!
Learn More Ways to Improve Health & Well-Being
Diaphragm Breathing as discussed above is one of the quickest easiest ways of lowering stress and improving overall health as is keeping your spine straight, no matter whether you’re meditating or just sitting at a desk. Oh, and if you do sit for too long, get up and get out in the sunlight and connect with the earth. It’s proven to heal.