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Resilience and Well-being – Part 1 – How Moody are You?

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How aware are you of your mood on any given day?

We aren’t always conscious of our mood. We may become “mood aware” when we reflect on our day or week, the activities we have been engaged in, our responses to others and our behaviours. Our moods have a massive impact on our motivation and well-being.

Perhaps we should give our moods more conscious thought. This is key in supporting your resilience and well-being.

Moods and Emotions

Moods may be described as temporary emotional states which determine how we feel at any given time. Moods are not as intense as emotions and feelings and are less likely to be targeted or provoked by stimuli. Moods may be ongoing, emotions tend to be more fleeting. They are generally described in both positive and negative terms.

Positive moods also known as positive effect and include states such as: happiness and excitement. Negative moods or negative effect include states such as irritation and anxiety.  

The Impact of Positive and Negative Moods

If we are in a positive mood, we are much more optimistic. We are more likely to put in more effort as we have a higher level of belief in our success. We feel that our effort will result in a desired reward and we are likely to persist for much longer.

When we think about our challenges, we do so in a positive light. We recall previous occasions when we were successful at a challenge that we evaluate as being similar in nature. Good moods lead us to evaluate events much more positively resulting in positive judgments and evaluations.   

When we are in a negative mood the reverse occurs, we are more likely to feel anxious or depressed.   

The Impact of Moods on Our Physiological State

Moods also have an impact on our physiological state through our bodies production of cortisol, known as the stress hormone. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the body to cope with stressors or demands. It gives us a boost, increases our adrenaline and is useful in small quantities.

However low moods and associated states such as anxiety may lead to an increased production of cortisol for prolonged periods which may have a detrimental effect on our physiological state. This may lead to: weight gain, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar and depression. 

By contrast a positive mood leads to an increase in heartbeat, this reduces our level of cortisol.

Personality and Mood

It’s also worth noting that our personality may also determine our mood state. Extroversion which is related to being sociable, gregarious and friendly leads to optimism and good moods.

By contrast individuals with low extroversion and neuroticism are more likely to be pessimistic and suffer from stress. People scoring highly on neuroticism are more likely to be moody and experience anxiety, worry, sadness and depression.    

If we can increase our level of positive affect, this can support us to gain mastery over our moods and increase our resilience and well- being. 

Tips to Build Resilience and Well-being

Try the following tips as part one of the process of increasing your resilience and well-being:  

  1. Keep a mood diary – evaluate and record your mood during the following time of each day for a period of 2 weeks – On rising – at 9.00 – 13.00- 17.00 – 21.00
  2. At the close or start of each day, review your mood state and identify reasons for variation of mood
  3. Identify people, processes, events or activities that alter your mood state either positively or negatively and record   

Author: Denise McCausland @ DMT Training        



Denise McCausland: @dmttraining  

07956 896322


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