How are you feeling today? It’s a good question to ask yourself every day.
You’ll be surprised that once you have shrugged off any sleepiness and engaged your brain then you actually do feel different each day.
When you think about it, you could expect to feel the same each day, after all you have been sleeping just before, but the reality of it is that our mood shifts from day to day.
Some days you might wake up feeling energised and positive for the day, other times you may been feeling lower energy and flatter in mood and that is usual.
How are you on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being that feeling that you couldn’t be better?
Towards 10 could mean that you had a great day yesterday, had a great night’s sleep and have fun plans for the day. Closer to 1 and maybe yesterday didn’t feel like you had a great day, a feeling that kept you agitated in the night and you don’t feel rested this morning.
There are many factors, past and future that will affect how you feel right now and it is beneficial to acknowledge your mood because how you feel when you wake can have an impact on your day.
Sometimes you can pinpoint the reason for a lower mood, but there are times when you just can’t understand why you feel how you do – mostly on days when you feel irritable or not firing on all cylinders. Potentially this could make the day feel like a struggle.
You could ignore a low mood and just carry on – avoidance, and you could focus on it all day and feed the beast – ruminating. Have you thought about accepting it?
Accepting how you feel is a positive way to diffuse potential negativity. By accepting low mood you recognise that it has the power to darken your day, but now you decide what it’s effect might be.
With the armed mindset you can alter your day and choose to do something less demanding or if required knuckle down and let it pass without further draining your energy.
Moods feed on your emotions and grow exponentially, but through acceptance it’s power diminished and your day could turn out to be good if not great.
Don’t wait for someone to ask how you are today – ask yourself.
> Check in on your mood early in the day
> Recognise that you might not be firing on all cylinders
> Accept where your energy is right then
> Alter your mindset to diminish the potential of a day ruined.