While there are a variety of factors that can detract from an individual’s ability to lead a quality life, frequently experiencing bad moods can play a particularly powerful role in detracting from our capacities to live well. In recognizing this fact, it is important that you be able to identify and eliminate factors that detract from your mood. Here are three that can do so:
Although food consumption can play a role in elevating our moods, it can also contribute to a negative mood. An example of a food item that can cultivate a bad mood would be chocolate consumption. Because chocolate tends to contain high amounts of sugar that result in soaring energy levels that wane off quickly and thus result in a “crash,” the rapid physiological shift that the mind and body undergo as a result of consuming this food can result in feelings of depression and irritation. To avoid experiencing these undesirable mood swings, stick to sweet fruits like sugar which offer the body a steady stream of energy that generates feelings of peace and calm.
2. Sedentary Lifestyles.
As many health experts have noted, “Physical activity causes brain pleasure centres to be stimulated and leads to feelings of wellbeing.” When we opt for sedentary lifestyles, we preclude these pleasure centres from being activated. If we exercise regularly, however, we help our brains release serotonin, the “happy hormone” that precipitates feelings of well-being such as peace and happiness.
In analyzing how environmental factors affect mood, research indicates that the color red can generate feelings of hostility or irritability. On the other hand, blue can help precipitate feelings of relaxation while yellow can communicate happiness. With this idea in mind, you may find it prudent to decorate your home with colors that can enhance your mood. In addition to being positively affected by colors such as yellow and blue, hanging up a soothing picture-such as a beautiful landscape painting-can also play a great role in mood regulation by reducing anxiety and stress.
Although many of us accept bad moods as a fact of life which we cannot control, this does not have to be the case. By thinking critically about factors that can contribute to bad moods and making the life adjustments necessary to stop them, we can begin leading a much more productive and positive life. Good luck!