There are many factors involved in your mood. And there are many ways to address these factors and gain in your awareness of them. Here are five of the best ways to assess your mood so you can regulate it better.
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Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs
A good basic model to consider is the Maslow pyramid of needs. When our basic material needs are met, we focus more on our needs for safety. Then comes our needs for company and belongingness. Next, are our needs for esteem. When all these are satisfied come needs for meaning and self-actualization and purpose in life.
So, if you don’t feel a chipper as you’d like, you may not know where you currently stand in this pyramid of needs. You may feel you should be happy because your material needs are met, but you lack community. Or you may have these needs met, but your spiritual need for meaning and purpose goes unfulfilled.
Personality Types: Myers-Briggs
The Myers-Briggs model of personality types splits people into 16 different types based on 4 pairs of metrics. Introversion/Extroversion. Intuition/Sensation. Thinking/Feeling. And Judging/Perceiving.
This test can help to explain why your mood may not be as you think it should be. Maybe you are living a lifestyle or have a job that is inconsistent with your personality type. This puts a constant strain on us.
Seeing a person with a good knowledge of psychology and medical experience is always an excellent option to consider for acute and severe cases of low and erratic moods.
They can help to assess if you have traumas or underlying physical conditions or genetic propensities; better than you can do for yourself. Practices such as Dr. Ahmed and associates specialize in CBT, a method with proven results at treating mood disorders.
The act itself also of reaching out to another person is an excellent step to recovery with specific mental health issues such as these. And they can guide you on the road to recovery, but you must always remember that we have to do the hard work ourselves.
No one can save us from ourselves. We have to be aware of our moods, their source, and reason, to regulate them ourselves.
Supplements and Sunlight
A key factor can be if you lack specific important nutrition in your body. Don’t forget that sunlight itself, and the lack of it in the winter for many is a cause of low mood. Sunlight helps stimulate the creation of hormones in your brain, such as serotonin.
It is like what happens when you exercise and get a “runners high,” as they call it. Supplement B Vitamins, Vitamin D and C, all for a boost to your mood and general health, particularly in the winter.
Meditation and Yoga
More and more people are coming to appreciate the benefits of these practices to mood and well being. Even those of a more scientific mindset.
Our emotional feeling is not just determined by things in our brain and our mind. It is influenced by our whole body and the balance of it and its relation to its surroundings. This relationship determines the hormones we release, and meditation and yogic practices can stimulate some of this.
Things like the chakras are an alternate way of emphasizing this importance of hormonal and physiological balance to our mood and well being.
There are many ways to know your feelings better. Through this knowledge, we get a process of positive feedback in place to give us better control over our state of mind in the future.
Do not immediately reach for medications such as antidepressants. The goal is to improve our mood on our own when and where we can, for this is the only way to take full control of our bodies wellbeing