Alright, MonsteRisers,

I believe in the notion: fake it till you make it . . . in a healthy way 🙂

But there are some things that I make and don’t fake like the daily practices I do to improve my mood.

Promise (remember: the little girl that inspired Saving Promise… my G-word child) and I have a trust moment where we cross our fingers in solidarity to share something without the other person judging or getting upset.

So, I want to have a trust moment with you. Fingers crossed?… Good! 

OK, here it goes. Since menopause confiscated my mind and body, my mood sometimes can be like a fleeting wind, blowing in any direction. One day I’m up, the next day I’m down, and somewhere in between I don’t know who I am.

Needless to say, I have to consistently feed my mind, body, and spirit with inspiring and empowering food for the soul.

Mood is a mind thing.

In fact, Harvard Health’s Mind & Mood featured an article that asserts your mood and your mental health affect every aspect of your life, from how you feel about yourself to your relationships with others and your physical health. When your mood and mental health slips, doing something about it as early as possible can keep the change from getting worse or becoming permanent.

That is why I am constantly in search of anything to mind my mood!

If there is a book, podcast, TV program, TED Talk, conference, mindful technique (meditation, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi), I’m there!

I think I’ve read every book that Oprah recommended on Super Soul Sunday, and listened and watched every podcast or TV program…

I’ve learned over the years that people are human and have mood swings, regardless of how talented they are. Today, I’m looking at life from a realistic point of view instead of the way I would want things to be.

– Otis Williams

We’ve all heard the term, “I’m moody.”

What does it really mean? Really? When someone says, “I’m moody!” does it mean they’re stressed, sad, anxious…that their mood changes on a whim? Does it mean that they’re inclined to behave irrationally or erratically?

In “What does it mean to be moody?” the author suggests:

Don’t mistake the emotional state of being moody, for having mood swings, or for having an unstable mood, since those states imply one’s mood from good to bad and back again. That would indicate an emotional disorder, which moodiness clearly isn’t.

I realize it can be unsettling when someone alternates between Mother Theresa and the Wicked Witch from the West. Trust me, I’ve been on both sides: the bystander and the culprit.

As the culprit, I can tell you that my moodiness has at times been attributable to menstruation or menopause, and it’s not something I was able to control because the hormones just took over.

Therefore, when you find yourself in a state of glum, let me offer up some tips on how to shift your mood:

  1. Breathe
  2. Exercise
  3. Meditate
  4. Read
  5. Dance
  6. Laugh
  7. Drink (an awesome glass of red wine :).
  8. Walk
  9. Journal
  10. Pray

Most of all, tap whatever helps you to mind your mood and always air on the side of Mother Theresa!

L.Y.

XO… Stay inspired!

L.Y. Marlow empowers and inspires women to live a more purposeful and joyful life through guided self-discovery and embracing their authentic selves. A dynamic speaker, award-winning author and accomplished social entrepreneur, she advocates for women to confront and conquer their fears and tap into their passion, purpose, and power.

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