Whose Mood Is It Anyway?
Some people are moodier than others, and by a certain age, you probably know if you’re one of them. As Dr. Carlos Zarate, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explains, “We all have different “temperaments,” or combinations of personality traits that are biologically based. Considerable research shows that people really differ in their basic temperaments.”
Moody or not, temperament alone doesn’t dictate your moods and if you find yourself more mercurial than usual, take a look at your daily habits, which can have a profound impact on your ability to manage stress, which directly affects your mood.
The basics — a well-balanced diet, good exercise, regular sleep-wake habits, and consistent routines and activities — all contribute to a steadier mood. Additionally, how you respond when you’re feeling down can either lift your mood or spiral you into feeling worse.
According to Dr. Maria Kovacs, an NIH-funded psychologist, a common and effective strategy for boosting a bad mood is “attention refocusing,” – which means that you stop paying attention to whatever it is that is making you miserable and start putting your attention elsewhere. Possibly easier said than done, but it’s your mood and you’re in the best position to change it!
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