We’ve all had those days, or weeks even, where nothing seems to go right and everything just makes us mad. And you wonder what the heck is wrong with you? Why can’t you just feel happy?
Well, the good news is, it may not be you.
There are many things in our environment and in choices we make, that can affect our moods. Most of the time we never give a second thought to what color the walls in our house are painted or what color shirt we are wearing. And if we think about food, it’s mostly how delicious it tastes or “what can I have for breakfast that’s fast so I can get the kids to school and me to work?”
Here are the top 3 reasons you may be having a bad day.
1. Mood = Food, Food = Mood. Did you know that food can make you happy? And it can also make you sad!! The foods that we eat can be very helpful in regulating our emotions. Walnuts have a calming effect on our nervous system, helping to alleviate anxiety and stress. This is due to their high alpha linolenic acid content. Dark chocolate is wonderful at lifting off a bad mood. And not simply because it tastes so yummy. Dark chocolate has the ability to improve the blood flow to the brain, lifting the spirits and enhancing alertness.
2. No News Is Good News. Next time you watch the news, be aware of how it makes you feel. Do you feel sad, angry, hopeless or helpless? This is not uncommon and gives us a very good reason to stop watching the daily news. Have you ever noticed how they rarely report an good news? I don’t understand it myself, but bad news sells. If you find it impossible to stop cold turkey, simply cut back to once a week or so. Eventually you will be able to give up your nightly ‘dose of depression” and notice how much happier you feel.
3. That Is So Not Your Color. Strange but true: wearing the wrong color can have a direct influence on how you feel. Be aware of how certain colors make you feel. And remember that hormones may play a part in your reactions, as well. Red is a color of passion and creativity. But it is also a color that can induce anger and downright crankiness, possibly more-so during your moon cycle. Blue can be very calming and relaxing or it can trigger tears that spring from out of nowhere.
If you do feel overly emotional, for whatever reason, try wearing something in a nice light green, pink or purple. Honouring your emotions is important. They are surfacing for a reason. But working with them from a calm state will be much more productive and you will be much more insightful. Adding a few of these calming colors to your wardrobe can help shift your emotional state. They are sort of like your ‘rescue wardrobe.’
By simply paying attention to your subtle reactions to certain colors throughout the month, you will be able to breeze through your day with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.
And if all else fails, buy new shoes!