Stress and Mood Swings

If you notice yourself experiencing a drastic change of emotions every now and then it’s possible that you’re experiencing what many people refer to as “mood swings”. One moment you may be feeling fine working on your daily tasks, the next minute you may be feeling irritable and even become hostile – all these sudden changes in your mood indicates that you are indeed having mood swings.Irritability is a common symptom of unresolved chronic stress. So, if you are showing signs of being moody, you may need to look deeper and see if it isn’t stress that’s causing the problem.Yes, it’s perfectly normal to experience irritability, anger, sadness and other emotions in our lives. However, if mood swings become difficult to control, this becomes another problem to look at. When uncontrolled, they can severely impact relationships, careers and other aspects of a person’s life.Is Irritability The Cause?Both men and women may suffer from mood swings that are caused by stress of everyday living. Juggling between family and work life and other’s expectations will make almost everyone vulnerable to highs and lows in mood.

Women experience them more often than men. This comes as no surprise since women are subject to fluctuations of hormones that can occur during pregnancy, menstruation periods or post-partum depression.Intensity of mood changes will invariably worsen when upsetting situations occur.Irritability is one of the most common indicators of susceptibility to mood swings. When a person is irritable, they will have an increased tendency to overreact or become angry in response to an occurrence. When the response is disproportionate to the trigger, problems will occur with others.This often leads to feelings of remorse, self-pity and more anger. If this yo-yo behavior is repeated often it can create habitual responses which compound the hormonal and environmental triggers. If the underlying causes of the irritability are properly addressed, they will then start to dissipate.In extreme cases, they can also be linked to bipolar disorder. If mood swings are severe in either frequency or intensity or are damaging to personal and professional relationships, professional help should be sought.Natural Ways of Coping with Stress and Mood SwingsRecognizing that stress and your mood swings are a problem doesn’t mean you have to rely on prescription or over-the-counter drugs to be able to manage the problem. There are several natural ways of coping:Yoga and meditation can help people achieve calmness by using positive imagery, slow and tempered muscle movements and guided breathing techniques. Practicing Yoga and meditation on a regular basis provides people with better coping skills for mood swings as the student will be taught to become more aware of their own emotional and physical responses to mood swings.

Getting enough sleep is also crucial towards conquering mood swings. Lacking enough sleep every night will make you feel run down with your mind less sharp to deal with any situations that may arise in your daily routine. This will affect how you react to situations and increasing your likelihood of an irrational response. Having enough sleep gives your mind and body the much needed rest that it deserves for it to function better the next day.Eating right is one of the best ways to keep mood swings in check. Processed foods and all forms of junk foods should be avoided. Stay clear of all foods and beverages that contain sugar and limit (or better yet) eliminate your intake of alcohol.Poor eating habits are also commonly linked to anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. Diet is becoming more widely implicated as a primary underlying cause and aggravator of many mental and emotional issues.

Dreams Do Not Work Unless You Do

In life, it is a fact that dreams do not work unless you do. Yet, as if by some miracle, a lot of people wait for things to happen to them. While the law of attraction states that you have to picture and focus on what you want, you must also take the necessary actions to make your dreams a reality.

But how can you stay focused on your dreams? What are the significant principles for success? Is there a code of conduct to follow?

At first, I do agree that you should begin by having big dreams, daily picturing and focusing on the things you want. But then, you cannot sit on your couch in the belief that things will fall into your laps. You have to take action, work daily, and take steps to move forward, no matter their size.

While you are doing that, you must also have the highest belief in yourself which will help you to transform your goals into reality. This code must be followed by every person who desires to be successful and pursue his dreams. You have to work hard and never give up. Otherwise, you will fail. That is the harsh reality!

Let Your Dreams Be Inspired
Do not be envious of other’s success, be inspired! Too many people are jealous instead of being inspired by success stories. And in turn, feeling in such way brings them into a negative spiral that adds more negativity to their lives.

So, you have to realize that your dreams can come true and will come true if you just continue to stay focused and take action toward them. In theory, it sounds simple. Yet, this simplicity at times is complicated to follow when you are distracted by others who gave up or try to shatter your vision.

In my life, I have met a good share of successful, self-made people. Just as I did, most worked in different activities, had diverse backgrounds and came from all walks of life. But there is one thing they all have in common, and that is they all work hard and a lot to achieve their ideas of success.

Dreams Require Work
To make your dreams a reality, you do not have to copy successful people but model them. In my opinion, success has always been about doing hard work and pushing beyond boundaries. In the past, my problem has never been to know how to reach my dreams but always about how to maintain the success that followed.

And I never understood the answer, until not so long ago. You have to keep moving forward, even after reaching your dreams. Successful people have a vision, and when they get it, they create another one. It may be by helping others achieve their goals, give back, or anything else.

Envious and jealous people always come up with words like “right place, right time, luck, overnight success” when they see someone’s dreams being realized. But the fact is when an opportunity comes, or they create it, successful people are ready and then, work harder than before to ensure and maintain success.

The Code to Reach Your Dreams
But despite some belief in the latest ‘quick money’ schemes, there is simply no substitute for hard work if you want to make your dreams come true. There is a code that is followed by all successful entrepreneurs to accomplish their vision.

Dreams Take Work
First, It is undeniable that successful people work hard. Such individuals are committed to working to dominate their market consistently. They do ten times more of everything. But how do they do it?

To succeed as well as them, you have to make work fun. If you can do it, then it stops to feel like work. You are in the process of realizing your dreams. So you should feel fulfilled and satisfied doing it. If you are not, then you need to reflect on your vision as you may not be on the right track.

To fulfill your dreams, you must enjoy the work necessary for them to be accomplished. But be careful also to enjoy life. And like anything in life takes time, practice and patience, you must commit to something you love doing. Otherwise, you will be bored, and success will never come.

Love What You Do
Next, for your dreams to become a reality, you have to model what successful people do but follow that code by creating your proper style. And the only way you can stay focused and motivated is by doing something you love.

You should not care about what other people are doing, saying or even thinking of your ideas. Other people are not the ones building your dreams and creating your success, you are. After all, it is your life, not theirs.

However, reflect on the fact that if the work needed feels like a chore, you are not going to do it as well as you could. So, while you have dreams, you have to find the work that is right for you, then work hard, push beyond the limits required and enjoy it all.

Know Your Dreams’ End Goal
Finally, you have to know what your end goal is. You have to measure and define success based on your dreams; on whatever it is you truly want. While you desire to be successful, you always have to understand your own definition of success.

Measuring goals and dreams is a good indicator of whether or not you are moving towards what you want. Successful people do a lot of work, but they do it with their end goal in mind. In evaluating the direction in which you are heading, the steps and actions you take, you can see whether or not you are progressing and if you need to adjust your path.

Of course, there are many more codes and ideas we could add to this article, as well as having big dreams and be proud of any victory you may have along the way, but for the most part, these other values come after the three above.

So, dreams do not work unless you put in the hard work. And yes, it is the principal ingredient to any success. All successful people will tell you that. But again, it is what you need, in whatever you are trying to accomplish in life. Therefore, work ten times harder!