Friday, November 18, 2011
A Change of Mood
Ever get in a funk and just can't seem to get out of it?
I've had days like that. Days when it seems like no matter what I do I just cannot get out of the bad mood I am in, and even the littlest things set me off.
I don't like those days. I want to be able to change my mood.
I had been reading through some stuff and ran across a line from Tony Robbins: Emotion is created by motion.
Basically what he is saying is that if you want to change your mood, your emotional state, many times what you need to do is get active, to do something.
Michael Hyatt, a leadership expert, said if you don't believe this then try this little example:
Slouch in your chair.
Round your shoulders.
Take shallow breaths.
Close your eyes.
Frown and then sigh.
If you do this there is a good chance you will start to feel down right away. What you do physically can effect how you feel emotionally.
And it is the same for feeling positive, for changing your mood for the better. Here are a few things I do to help get me out of my bad moods:
1- Get up and get out for a walk. Just leaving the space I am in and doing something different, even if it is just a walk around the sanctuary on a cold day, makes a huge difference in how I am feeling.
2 - Think back to a good thing that has happened during the week. No matter how bad or tough my week has been, there is always at least one thing that has been good and positive. I take some time to focus on that moment.
3 - TAPS prayers - TAPS stands for Thanks, Ask, Praise, and Supplication. I take a moment to pray through the TAPS prayers because it helps to move me away from focus on self only and lift up the good things and others that are in my life.
4 - Music - I crank up my i-pod with the most upbeat music I can find. Again it takes me out of that moment and brings me to a different place where things are better.
So if you need a change of mood, push yourself to do something a little different, a little more physical, so that you can make the move into a more positive area. May your eyes always be opened to the blessings of God in your life.