Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, interfere in the brain’s ability to regulate mood and emotion. Other mental and general health disorders make moods hard to adjust.
When you experience moods you don’t want, whether they’re too high or too low or too anxious or too erratic, there are things you can do to regulate and improve your moods. Three ways to manage your mood are.
- Distance yourself from you mood. Moods are fleeting emotions; they’re not the core of your being.
- Do something. Moods, no matter what they are, have a way of paralyzing us. Acknowledge your mood, and then act anyway. You don’t have to wait until you feel better to get going.
- Practice mindfulness. Instead of fixating on your mood, use your senses to pull yourself out of your head and into the present moment. Then, find something pleasant to focus on.