Squashing the bad moods

Squash the bad moods

 

This afternoon just like many others before, I was in a bad mood and couldn’t figure out why. My normal pattern is to dwell in, overanalyze it and then get upset when I come up empty handed. This time I decided to take some of the advice I give out as a therapist. I found myself  starting the vicious cycle and broke it by deciding to take some action.

I went out for a walk. No expectation type of walk. I didn’t need to go a certain distance or at a specific speed. My only goal was to get out of my rut.

I decided to clear my mind by using my senses and noticing what was around me. It was a beautiful day. The sky was so blue, not one cloud in the sky. The trees and grass were a deep dark green.  I used my senses, the air smelled so clean and the breeze seemed to have the power to wash away my stress.

Before I left for the walk, I drank a nice cool glass of water and then brought a water bottle with me that tasted so refreshing.  I didn’t even realize my basic needs weren’t met. When we are stressed out we tend to let our needs go by the wayside. If your feeling blah or in a bad mood, always take a check of your basic needs sometimes that’s all that is wrong. We need more self-care

I took a mindful walk – I concentrated on my breathing. I didn’t concentrate on my thoughts, I pushed them aside by taking deep breaths. I pushed all the stress out with each exhale.

There wasn’t anything special I did but that’s what made it special. Its easier then we know to change our moods. A lot of times we get caught up in the process – We start to think about what happen, analyze it then re-analyze it, talk to others about my feelings, etc. Don’t get me wrong that is needed at time but other times just changing your cycle is enough!

 

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About Finding your happiness

Diane Lang is a Therapist, educator, author and life coach. Diane has two books: Baby steps the path from motherhood to Career and Creating balance & finding happiness. Diane works as a Therapist and also is an adjunct at Montclair State University. This blog will help educate and empower you to live your best life! For more information please visit her website: www.dlcounseling.com
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