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Change your mood habits for a better 2018


Change your mood habits for a better 2018

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Change your mood habits for a better 2018

Have you noticed that you have mood habits? When you wake up, you have certain feelings that may repeat themselves through the day? You’re happy and serene. You’re agitated from the get-go. You’re immediately reminded of something that makes you sad and the sad feelings keep returning. You’re crazed by politics and everything that’s going wrong in the world. There’s plenty to worry about.

Oh, and there’s more. You always have a list of things in your head that you feel you have to do and stay focused on  until the list of tasks is completed. You’re listless and can’t get moving, and that feeling stays with you all day. Your mood habits tell a lot about you. In fact, you mood habits can make you a success or…not so much. Are you paying attention. You do have control over this. You just don’t know it.

Mood Habits Are Like Muscle Memory

It may seem hard to believe that, like athletes create muscle memory that makes them excel, all of us have emotional memory we have cultivated that helps or hinders us every day. In fact, our feelings about ourselves, our situation, and other people are often ingrained habits we’ve learned over time. We repeat the feelings every day because we are used to them. Even if they make us miserable.

Mood Habits Makes Us Feel Bad, Sad, Useless

No one wants to wake up feeling mad, sad, bad, useless, scared, defeated. But those feelings are our excuses. Where do those feelings come from and do we have to keep them? The feelings come from our experiences as children, as teens, young adults, and the way other people have treated us in many situations. If your parent has told you you’re no good, you’re not going to grow up feeling good. Or if you experienced problems with math or sports or relationships, you may decide you’re really and truly no good. Then you may be stuck in those feelings until something changes it.

Don’t Beat Yourself Or Loved Ones Up

Bi Polar disorder, clinical depression, substance use, food disorders and other mental health problems, however, are not bad habits that can be changed by positive thinking. Treatment is necessary. Get a mental health check up and get help if you need it. And don’t be mad at yourself because your brain doesn’t always do what you want it to do. For 2018 getting help to change your mood habits could change your whole life.

Feelings Are Not Reality So They Aren’t Always Your Best Guide

We often hear in recovery that feelings are not reality. Resentments, rage, disappointments, unhappiness and discontent are all feelings that you have to nurture to sustain. You have to work at unhappiness to be unhappy. If you stop nurturing and feeding negative feelings, they can go away, or at least lessen. Truly. And that is a great goal. But it takes practice and you really have to want it. If you want to feel better and lift your mood, the best thing to do is to substitute a whole different palette of feelings. Think of it like changing your thought diet.

Wake Up With A List Of Things That Make You Feel Good or Happy

There may be many reasons for feeling unhappy or low, or resentful, or defeated or sad. There are just as many reasons to be happy, contented, and grateful no matter what your situation. If you start listing and repeating to yourself what makes you happy, what you’re grateful about, you can lose the negativity over time. You can feel better in 2018 than you did in 2017.

Try happy thinking and happy talking, and maybe your dreams will come true.



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Leslie Glass is the founder of Reach Out Recovery and the winner of the 2016 ASAM Media Award. Leslie is also the creator of Recovery Guidance, the information website for those seeking addiction and mental healthcare for professionals nationwide. Leslie is a journalist, director/producer of award-winning documentaries, and the author of 15 bestselling novels. Leslie has served as Chairman of the Board of Plays For Living, was a member of the Board of Directors of Mystery Writers of America. She has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, as a VP of The Asolo Theatre, and was a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation.

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