Two Ways of Working with ‘Negative’ Moods

Moods are a normal part of everyday life. We all have our ups and downs. If we focus on so-called “negative” moods—e.g., unhappiness, feeling miserable, hopelessness, or even despair—we might end up causing ourselves unnecessary distress. There are many causes for these feelings such as depression, chronic fatigue, or illness, in this blog we are going to look at these moods as a call for change.

Negative feelings are not necessarily a problem. They can prompt us to make beneficial changes. One way we can help bring about these change is by reflecting on the following questions:

  • Who and what are the most important people and things in your life?
  • What are your dreams and goals?
  • How does the way you spend your time reflect the priorities you identified above?
  • What do you fear, and how do you show courage?
  • What do you trust, and how do you show trust?

Another approach to relating constructively with negative moods is to heighten our awareness of our physical body sensations. Low energy often accompanying these negative moods may feel like a heavy lid. This lid consists of layers of historical hurt that include strong emotions, heavy thoughts and physical sensations buried in our bodies. By giving clear, gentle and sustained attention to these sensations we can reconnect to ignored aspects of our experience, resolve past traumas, transform negative moods, and recover our natural balance and vitality.

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