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Mood Mastery

Mood MasteryYour mood is a mental state that magnetizes feelings to it. When in a bad mood, you will look for someone or something to blame, because misery does love company. Although your mood is an independent mental event, you can influence your mood. You can even change it by taking small, steady steps of mood awareness and acceptability.

What mood are you in today? Are you a slave to your or another’s mood? Empathizers and Instigators alike are moody. You could say mood is the minefield we all must walk through alone.

Your first step in mood control is to name your mood at the beginning of your day. You can do this sitting on the commode or brushing your teeth. Check which mind mood applies to you:

  • Elated
  • Happy
  • Pleasant feeling
  • Neutral
  • Unpleasant feeling
  • Disgusted
  • Sad
  • Worried
  • Depressed

Intense moods create a spinning vortex of misdirected focus that seek to consume your energy and vitality.

You do own your mind. Think about it. Your mood attempts to make you think that you and your mind are owned by or determined by your mood. But now you know better.

Here are “Acts Of Self-Compassion” that slowly change your mood during a bad mood day:

  • Go for a walk, stretch, do yoga, deep breathing, etc. How can you show yourself little acts of compassion when you feel down and blue?
  • Don’t ask why, ask how. How can you improve your mood in little ways right now? Straighten up your house or desk, or something else?
  • Think desirable thoughts. Life is all about learning, growing, and changing. What are you learning about the power of your mind?
  • Spend time thinking about the future. How would your life be better if you had no fears that held you back?
  • Blame less. You will be sidetracked if your goal in life is to grab onto anything that will explain your bad mood in the moment and pounce.
  • Slow the spinning. Your bad mood is manageable. Your mind is spinning like a vortex. Moods are not meant to massacre others but to be mastered.
  • Moods peter out. Even a tsunami mood will blow out when accepted instead of resisted.

Master your mood. Stop using complaining, food, booze, unhealthy sex, porn, workaholism, gossip, unfair fights, affairs, drugs, family or work conflict, and other unhealthy choices that take a bad mood out on others in irresponsible ways.

What you choose to think about expands. Your mind is not a zoo. When you’re in a bad mood, you will be tempted to lazily think about angry, fearful or worrisome past events or future predictions of demise, doom and gloom. Well, think again!

Change your mood by changing the myths of your mind. Harmony in your mind is only attainable through mood control.

Mood Mastery

Dennis O'Grady, PsyD

Dennis O’Grady, Psy.D., is founder of New Insights Communications (Dayton, OH), and understands the best kind of talking, counseling, and therapy is the kind that establishes good communications skills and focuses on change — change for the better, change for the future, and change that helps the world go forward instead of spinning in place. Dennis is the author of “Talk to Me: Communication Moves to Get Along with Anyone,” a leadership training and positive relationship workbook.

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O'Grady, D. (2018). Mood Mastery. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 5, 2020, from
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Last updated: 8 Jul 2018 (Originally: 16 Nov 2014)
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