We all have moods which can affect the way our physical body feels (and operates), as well as how we deal with other people and situations. Our moods can affect and infect others. You wouldn’t purposely infect someone with your germs, so why would you infect them with your mood?
Few of us were taught how to self-soothe or manage our undesirable emotions; therefore, few people are able to maintain a steady level of “good” mood all day.
Unfortunately, there are many times throughout the day that when our not-so-good mood can affect the proceedings and the outcome of a situation. The following suggestions can be used before any important event and they can be used when you recognize that you would rather be in a better mood.
Our moods are generated by our thoughts. All the ideas below will get you out of your head, and into your body, specifically, your vibrational body or spirit.
They will also get you out of the past where sadness and anger live and out of the future where fear and anxiety live. Each one will bring you into the present moment where there is nothing but peace.
The two main moods we generally wish to get out of are stressed moods (anxious, fearful, frustrated, overwhelmed, and angry) and sad moods. We can then choose to calm our mood or to uplift it.
Dwelling in a depressed, anxious or angry mood is unhealthy for your physical and vibrational bodies. We are energy bodies, and we vibrate and resonate, therefore, our moods have a tone. Change the tone, change the mood.
You can change your tone through any of your senses; however, I don’t recommend using your sense of taste, as it can lead to overeating. You can also change your tone by using high-frequency thoughts, words and actions.
- The first thing I do is “Think Gratitude.” For the next five minutes thank everything your can touch with your eyes and your hands. Look around, or if you can, walk around and do this.
Be as specific as you can with what you are grateful for and why.
You can thank your perfectly functioning organs, your body parts and your phenomenal operating systems. You can thank the people who enhance your life. You can thank your job, your devices, your car and all the other things in your life that make it easier and better.
I like “Thank you for this magnificent planet without which none of this would be possible.”
I believe the more things you’re grateful for and to, the more the things in your life will work well. [I hug and thank my refrigerator when it's making noises!]
This may feel weird at first but you will start smiling within a short time. You’ll probably be very surprised how truly grateful you are for so many of these things. (If not, imagine if it didn’t work or didn’t exist!) You’ll also be surprised by the perceptible change in your bodies’ vibration; its feeling.
Just choose to smile and hold it for at least a minute.
Or find something to smile and laugh about. Imagine your funniest memory, a favorite scene from a movie, watch a video, or look at photos. You can also share the wealth and tell someone else a joke, or share a funny memory or story with them.
- Choose Your Words
Words have energy and thus, impact. By thinking or saying uplifting or calming words, you will change your mood. Repeat any of the following high-energy words: (or choose your own)
- Magnificent (My favorite.)
If you want to share the wealth, compliment someone else.
When you hum, you’re producing the same vibratory sound used during the meditation chant of ‘ohm.’
Different tones affect different chakras, so with a little research you can discover which musical notes and which sound chants to use when experiencing dis- harmony in each chakra.
- Breathe Deeply
Conscious breathing is one of the quickest ways to get out of your head and into the present moment. Follow the breath in and out. Focus on the sensations.
-If you’re stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, angry, or frustrated, there are two methods you can use:
A. Close off your right nostril and breathe in and out through your left nostril.
B. Breathe in through your nose and out slowly through your mouth. Try both and see which one works best for you.
-For uplifting, close off your left nostril and breathe in and out through your right nostril.
- Be Child-like
Try doing anything that engages your inner child, when you didn’t care what people thought and fun was your only goal: i.e. jump for joy, run silly, BE silly!
You can try combining two or more at the same time!
If you’re a parent and/or in an intimate partnership, there is one particular time, each day, where your mood will affect your most important relationships: when you get home from work. You can use any of the activities to improve your mood before you go into your home. In this way, you can bring you’re best you home to those you love, not the stressed-out, cranky you.
By incorporating one or more of the above suggestions into your daily routine, you’ll be more likely to maintain an even mood throughout the day which will help you live a more peaceful life. And by minimizing or eliminating undesirable moods, your physical body will have access to the energy it needs to remain healthier throughout your life.
Michele Goldstein is a Spiritual-Interfaith Minister, life counselor, former teacher, writer, gratitude-junkie, and founder of Return Love .
Her mission is to share her unique message of healing, evolving perception, and the end of suffering derived from her own personal growth journey. (42)