Inspiring Thoughts from EAC

What is Your Mood?

favicon-192x192In a 2002 survey of UK office workers, more than a third rated mood swings as the most annoying aspect of a colleagues’ behavior.  Those surveyed found moodiness three times more annoying than having someone who gives them work to do when they are on their lunch break.  Even at home, moodiness can definitely affect you.  You’ve heard the saying, “If mom ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”  Whether you are at work or at home, you have the opportunity to control your own emotions.  As Brian Tracy once said, “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”

How can you control your attitude?  Here are some “mood boosters” to help!

Work Out.  It’s terrific for the body and has mood and energy-boosting benefits as well.  Watch those endorphins bid those bad moods bye-bye.

Eat a healthy breakfast.  Starting the day with protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber will keep pre-lunch irritability out to lunch.  A growling stomach is often drowned out by the growl of its owner.

Take a breath.  Deep breathing is one of the fastest tension busters around.  Taking a few deep breaths provides the brain with a boost of oxygen while lowering levels of adrenaline.  (Don’t forget the breath mints.)

Look on the bright side.  You don’t have to jump for joy when things don’t go the way you expected, but sometimes things really aren’t as bad as they seem!  Ask yourself – what you can do to make it better? Someday, you might even laugh about it!

What mood shifting techniques work for you?  Please post your ideas.

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