The Power of Mood 

A change in your mood can have a powerful affect on how you live your life. A sad mood might hamper your productivity. An angry mood might hurt your relationships with others and your ability to control yourself. However, we need to stop viewing our mood as something that happens to us. While we cannot control everything, there are steps we can take and skills we can learn which will allow us to have more control over our mood.  

One easy thing to control is our environment. While we cannot always be in places we like, there are likely certain places where we spend most of our time. This may be at work, home or elsewhere. Depending on the environment, you may have more or less control of your surroundings. Start by identifying the things you can control. Can you redecorate? Can you move closer to a window where there is natural light? Can freshen up an area by infusing the air with a pleasant smell? Identifying what you can and cannot do will allow you to make decisions about how you should change your environment. Subtle subconscious influences such as those perpetrated by these small changes can end up having powerful consequences on your mood. Take control and put yourself in places which will lift you up rather than drag your spirits down. Look around, and find powerful objects which can help you to remain, happy, positive, and productive. 

Unfortunately, we are not always in situations where we have much control over the surroundings. In this case, we must focus our control inwards. The one thing that no one can take away from you is your ability to control yourself. Be aware of your mood and take note of things which commonly affect it. If you understand that something might trigger an unpleasant change in mood, react to this stimulus by focusing on things which will allow you to retain control of your mind and emotions. Truly understanding yourself is the best thing you can do in order to ensure that you can balance out negative influences with positive ones.  

Finally, keep your body healthy. Your mind is connected to your body, and neglecting one can hurt the other. If your body is out of balance, it will be more difficult for you to balance your mind. Exercise, practice healthy sleeping, and ensure that you are eating healthily. The better you take care of yourself, the more successful you will be.