Learn About Living Life Deliberately with Bernice Fitzgibbon

Your mood is a general disposition toward having certain kinds of emotions, such as feeling more negative or positive, and they can last for hours or even days. Sometimes, people confuse emotions with mood, but while these are inextricably linked, they are also not the same.

While moods last longer, they are also more diffuse and often not connected to any identifiable cause. In general, moods are often much more consistent but less intense than emotions, so much so that you may not even realize that you are in a good or bad mood until you reflect later on your state of mind.

Your mood is basically whether you are more inclined to have a particular type of emotion, and those who strive to think positively and be in a good mood most of the time enjoy many health and wellness benefits.

Positive attitudes reduce stress and lower cortisol levels. When you are optimistic, you are better equipped to solve problems and exercise self-discipline. And those with positive moods are more likely to achieve their goals.

So, who wouldn’t want to boost their mood now and then?

 

The following are daily habits you can use to keep your spirit elevated or to boost your mood when you are feeling down or cynical.

Be Grateful

GratitudeMost people are familiar with this one, but it bears repeating. Feeling, acknowledging, and expressing gratitude are powerful tools to enhance your mood and improve your outlook on life.

When you take time every day to think about what is positive about your life, what is going well, and what you are most thankful for, you realize just how much you have and how full your life is.

 

And the more you think about gratitude, the more you find for which to be thankful.

When you are struggling with negative feelings, stop and take a moment to consider all the positives in your life right then.

This can often place whatever temporary setbacks or obstacles you may be experiencing into perspective while also helping you to remember the vast resources you have to help you overcome your present situation.

 

Here are five ways you can integrate gratitude into your daily routine.

 

  1. Take five minutes before bed to write down three things for which you are grateful and why these are important to you.
  2. Say “thank you” to someone each day and tell them how their actions made a difference in your life.
  3. Write a letter to someone telling them how they supported you or changed your life in some way.
  4. When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, stop yourself, and consider instead the positives and how these can help you.
  5. Use your actions to show others your appreciation for what they bring to your life.
Meditate

MeditationMeditation is a practice that teaches you to sit in stillness, to focus on emptying your mind of distracting thoughts, and to focus on just one thing.

Meditation enables you to become more aware of your feelings and thoughts, control how you allow them to affect you and have better concentration on what is most important to you.

 

When you meditate each day, you will find that you have more knowledge about what affects your moods, you understand what events are likely to trigger negative outlooks, and you can better maintain a more positive mindset.

 

Here are some tips as you learn to meditate.

  • Start with just a few minutes and work your way up.
  • Use guided meditation apps to teach you the basics of meditative practices.
  • Create a routine that allows you to meditate at the same time each day, if possible.
  • While some enjoy sitting and closing their eyes, other people enjoy having an object to look at, such as a candle, during their meditation sessions.
  • Take it slow and easy, and be patient.
Get Moving

Keep movingWhen you exercise, you get your blood pumping, and you reduce your stress levels, which can help to elevate your mood.

Exercise also releases feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters that are linked to a better overall attitude. For a double whammy mood booster, spend time outdoors while you are exercising.

 

You will get a Vitamin D boost from the sunshine, and this important nutrient is connected to mood and emotional health. Fresh air is a way to feel freer and more open, and spending time in nature helps lift your spirits while also helping you feel more connected to the earth and other people.

 

Even just taking a short walk around the block when your mood is feeling dark can have a dramatic effect.

 

Keep a Journal

JournalJournaling has many positive influences on your mood and outlook, and when you write one every day, it can serve as a ritual for recording your thoughts and helping you see patterns of behavior that may be influencing your mood, as well.

When you record ideas in a journal, they are released and no longer occupy space in your mind, which can reduce anxiety and help you feel more positive.

And your journal is a fantastic way to clear your mind and help you move on productively.

 

Set a timer for five minutes and write on any topic. Here are a few to get you started.

  • What are the things you love about yourself?
  • What are five positive affirmations you could repeat tomorrow?
  • What are two things you can do today that will bring you closer to meeting an important goal?
  • Write a list of things that make you happy.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years, and how will it feel to realize that dream?