Many people do not know how to cheer themselves up on their own. As a result, they resort to external sources of pleasure. As a consequence, addiction can form. A person looks for a source of pleasure in alcohol, another person, work or unstructured employment, but not in himself.
Causes of bad mood
If you summarize them, you get the following:
- Unfulfilled expectations. A person has found a job where he is promised a good salary, and in the end he receives a smaller amount under a “respectful” pretext.
- Problems in interpersonal relationships, from scandals to breaking ties, for example, unsuccessful correspondence between a guy and a girl.
- Frustration is the difficulty in achieving any meaningful goal.
- Life crises. A person is used to acting according to one algorithm of actions, but the situation has changed, and the old ways of solving problems turn out to be invalid.
- Dissatisfaction with needs. If a person does not get enough sleep, his mood cannot be good. The same goes for feeling hungry. Self-regulation of mood requires volitional potential, which directly depends on the amount of available energy. Few people think that it is sometimes more important than time and money, because it directly affects the ability to maintain a good mood. Money can be improved, but it is expensive and short-lived. A person with energy does everything faster, he has more time to rest. As a consequence, energy is invested in getting more energy, which in itself improves mood. In short, you need to eat right, get enough sleep, find time to rest and use it effectively.
- Fears. Man is a master of fear of what will never happen. This emotion eats up the mood, deprives of energy. It is not fear itself that is dangerous, but the way a person relates to it. If a person is afraid, for example, of failure during a performance, then this emotion can easily be turned into inspiration.
- Loneliness. It is not the fact of loneliness itself that is important, but a subjective feeling. The advantage of introverts is that they know how to enjoy privacy. If the reader is an extrovert, then he needs to learn this.
- Minor troubles. By themselves, they do not greatly spoil the mood, but if there are a lot of them, or they arise on a wave of severe stress, then their destructive effect is multiplied. A typical example is that a person who is dismissed from his job is stepped on his foot. In a calm state, he would not have noticed this, but now for him it is not only a universal catastrophe, but also a sign of higher powers that nothing good will ever await him.
- Negative beliefs. A person’s thinking is based on attitudes from which he starts. If the underlying thoughts are “nothing depends on me”, “no one loves me” and others, then all events in life are interpreted through the prism of these beliefs. Therefore, whatever happens, it will spoil the mood.
- Cold season. Autumn, winter are common reasons for a shitty mood, although everything is subjective. On the contrary, many residents of cold cities enjoy extreme frosts. In warmer climates, people enjoy winter and New Year’s celebrations.
- School. The beginning of the school year is a common reason for mood deterioration. This is how the education system works.
Is it possible to improve your mood yourself
Imagination and emotions are closely related, so by presenting the positive, you can quickly change your mood. Sad or not – it all depends on the person himself, because this is his reaction to the events taking place.
In psychology, there is the concept of emotional intelligence, which is responsible for the ability to understand emotions and, as a result, overcome a bad mood. To paraphrase the well-known proverb – “Who owns information about emotions, he owns them.” It is helpful to know various techniques for improving your mood. The logic is simple: if a person knows the reasons for a bad mood, he can influence them.
The main difficulty is that often many reasons can be closely intertwined, it is very difficult to understand them, being on emotions. The intellect of a person with strong nervous excitement is the same as that of a 10-year-old child. A conscious imminent increase in mood in this situation is unlikely.
Therefore, the instruction on how to cheer up is as follows:
- Reduce the intensity of negative emotions.
- Make an analysis of the situation that has arisen and conclusions. Once your cognitive abilities have been restored, it’s much easier to pick up and please yourself by looking at difficulties from a different angle.
If you limit yourself to only the first stage, then the problem will not be solved. After a while, none of the ways to normalize the emotional state will help, the brain will understand that it is being deceived.
Here are some effective tips on what to do if you are in a bad mood:
- It is important to clarify goals and dream confidently. Often people are afraid to imagine a happy future, so they are constantly depressed, while having a goal automatically raises the level of happiness hormones. This answer often comes first when a person is thinking about how to improve their mood. This is often advised: “think of something pleasant.” This works, provided that the person is already relaxed. Therefore, you must first meditate.
- The emotional background is well influenced by learning. The very fact of feeding the brain with something interesting has a positive effect on mood. Learning new things and achieving something is a good way to improve your mood.
- It is useful to learn anecdotes. Usually a person reads a joke, but does not remember it. If you purposefully learn anecdotes (for this you need to repeat them every day for some time to consolidate), then the brain will be regularly fueled with positive.
- Also, the mood rises after interesting communication. Often in a bad mood, a person avoids others. Practice shows that if you overpower yourself and go just to communicate with other people (without burdening them with your problems), the mood immediately improves. This is also a good method for dealing with a bad mood.