Your Mood – How Bad Is It?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health and WEBMD, each year 9.5% of American adults experience mood disorders including depression. The good news is that you can learn how to make your moods better and avoid the worst. Take this quick quiz about Myths and Facts About Your Moods.
Win the Battle Between Your Ears
If you are misemployed or unemployed, your mood swings can be especially bad. Don’t be conformed to the world of work, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. This week’s tips – how to train your brain for gain. Read and feed your brain positive thoughts every day.
For example, you can start with daily workplace inspiration from devotionals like TGIF: Today God Is First. You can even memorize uplifting verses from Philippians 3:13-14
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Another favorite daily devotional we recommend is Jesus Calling, which recently offered these encouraging thoughts…
“I AM A GOD WHO HEALS. I heal broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships. My very Presence has immense healing powers. You cannot live close to Me without experiencing some degree of healing.
However, it is also true that you have not because you ask not. You receive the healing that flows naturally from My Presence, whether you seek it or not. But there is more—much more—available to those who ask.”
Work it out! Physical exercise is one of the best ways to strengthen not only your body, but also your mind. Cardio, weights and stretching help you expel negative feelings and build positive confidence. Check with your doctor, start slowly and be consistent 3-5 times a week.
Eat right and be bright! Good nutrition helps you think with greater clarity and confidence. Drink more water and less caffeine and alcohol. Eat more veggies and fruit and less fat and calories. The better your food and drink, the better your brain will think.
Give your brain a break. Sleep six to eight hours a night. Take a nap in the afternoon when you can get it. Too little sleep will fry your circuits. Too much sleep feeds depression. Your brain needs just the right rest to rebuild.
Be a Buddy to Somebody
When in a bad mood, many of us want to hide. Seek friends instead. Meet people. Greet people. Eat with people. Receive their help, and give them help. Good friends bring strength and encouragement through the ABCs of fellowship – Accountability, Belonging and Caring. Get a buddy and be a buddy.
Rejoice always and pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? Exercise the fact and the faith that God is in charge. You can trust and obey Him. Your feelings will follow your faith.
When facing a big challenge on an obstacle course, the instructor said, “It’s not better later. Jump now!” He who hesitates, waits some more. Be a good steward of your thoughts – turn them into actions – now!