How to Get Over Mood Fluctuations

Often we find ourselves in the middle of an activity when some stimulus, external or internal, pulls us away from the matter at hand and diverts our attention to some other issue.

At times, we find our mind and our emotions going out of hand without any kind of stimulus altogether. This is when our subconscious mind plays the villain. This usually ends up making us irritable and unapproachable – what we term as a mood swing. So how do we get over these sudden changes in mood and get back our focus?

   

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1. Monitor your thoughts

The moment our mood starts to change abruptly and we start thinking irrationally, stop right then and there. This is much easier than done, but with practice, we’ll be able to pinpoint the exact thought which causes our mood to swing like a pendulum. However, we must be aware of the fact that it could be a chain of thoughts rather than a single thought which may cause a mood swing. We must be on the lookout for these thoughts.

2. Oversensitivity

There is a remote possibility that it may be our own overtly sensitive nature which causes us to have sudden mood swings. Subconsciously, we might not entertain the thought of being presented with a certain type of situation or surrounding. Hence, a mere mention of the aforementioned factors would be enough to make us irritable, as nobody would willingly want to step out of their comfort zone. We should never rule ourselves out as a possible cause.

3. Subconscious message

Instances have also been seen where we try to make a genuine effort to focus on the matter at hand, more out of necessity than desire. In cases like these too, our mind may try to send us a signal by making us incapable of carrying out said activity. These are subtle inbuilt stimuli the human body has in place to make us realize what we are doing and what we actually need to do.

4. Hormones, yes

Wondered why gobbling up that bar of chocolate or taking a walk in a sunny garden, when we are feeling down, actually have a positive effect on our mood and elevate our spirits? This can be attributed to a lack of serotonin, the ‘feel-good’ hormone. Exercising, eating carbohydrate laden food and exposure to sunlight are known to increase serotonin levels in the human body.

5. Emotions, emotions

All of us go through phases in life where we find ourselves in emotional turmoil, be it financial matters or those of the heart. These matters tend to take precedence over issues of day to day importance, and hence we become irritable and moody when we have to focus on daily tasks. Putting mind over matter is a very tough task indeed, but with diligence and focus, we can definitely learn how to separate ourselves from our emotions.

There’s also the final case, where the person might be suffering from clinical depression. If that is indeed the case, it would be best to seek medical advice. However, most of the time all that we require is some sincerity and dedication on our part to want to achieve a proper mental balance.

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