As humans we are ruled by our emotions rather than logic. Sure, we think we are very logical beings but in reality, our emotions always supersede our logic. Those emotions are quickly initiated by a number of triggers including physical, psychological, social and circumstantial.
- Are there days when you wake up wearing the grumpy face?
- When you have contact with some people, do you feel they push your buttons and make you angry?
- Do you act impulsively and do unkind things because you think people annoy you?
- Have you noticed there are days when some people ignore you and hide when you turn up?
- Do you tend to blame other people when you are in a bad mood?
- Do you find it hard to admit that some days you have a really bad attitude?
Physically we change all the time according to our health, what we eat and drink, our time of life and often whether we are tired or rested.
If you have a disease or metabolic problems, it is likely to affect your mood. Since all your organs and hormone production glands work together, if one is out of sync, it affects the others. Taking care of your physical health promotes your mental health and ability to cope with any stressors.
Drinks such as coffee, green tea and soft drinks that contain sugar or caffeine reduce your ability to regulate your adrenal gland and gut, so they may lead to an initial burst in energy, but later tiredness and low serotonin levels occur.
Fast foods and non-whole foods in particular reduce the level of good bacteria in your gut that produce good moods.
Bad moods often become more prevalent at times of your life when your body is changing, such as teenage years, menopause, andropause and when your body is old and unable to handle stress efficiently. They also occur when you are trying to adjust socially to a new way of living.
If you feel under pressure at work or home – perhaps you have a new baby keeping you awake at night or have financial difficulties – you may feel unduly stressed a great deal of the time.
Many modern societies do not encourage people to look after their mental health because they measure the success of the society by how much money their country made, not how happy their people were. This leads to people becoming angry and short-tempered, often when they least expect it to happen.
Many people also do not have enough sleep, which can lead to bad moods.
Perhaps you convince yourself you do not have enough time for sleep, due to your family demands, job, business or because you have to complete a project. You may lie awake worrying at night about getting no sleep or things that you have to do tomorrow and the next day. As a result, you are very short-tempered.
Here’s what you can do to reduce your bad mood days:
- Take care of your body, so your mind and emotions can work in a balanced way
- Eat a healthy, plant-based wholefood diet that decreases the hormones that cause aggression
- Exercise regularly because this helps you release stress and create happiness hormones
- Organise your life so you always get enough sleep and rest, including practising quiet time when you meditate, do self-hypnosis, visualise or pray
- Get your priorities clear in life by putting happiness above all other things
- Be a patient person and think for a long time before you react to other people’s communications so you can frame your communications positively.