mood swings How to Deal With Mood Swings

How to Deal With Mood Swings

By Golda Smith

 

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

As a woman of God, mother, sister, friend, New Yorker, business woman and all the other hats I wear, this is a verse I keep close to me. In this verse, King Solomon tells us to guard our heart above all else, making sure we concentrate on those things that will keep us on the right path. Dealing with the pressures of everyday life can be pretty over whelming causing us to go through a spectrum of moods in a 12 hour period sometimes 60 minutes. Anyone know what I mean?

You wake up happy enough and it just takes your child getting to the breakfast table late to throw your entire morning off track, which leads to your day being off and you snapping at your co-workers. Well it doesn’t have to be that way. You can control your mood swings!

Holly Furtick, the first lady of Elevation Church, gave a dynamic sermon in the series called MoodSwingers. I couldn’t help think how much we tend to allow outside influences sway our emotions. I know I’m not the only one guilty of that. I’ve caught myself saying out loud “This _________ [insert child’s name] just makes me so mad. The truth is, it’s not what happens to you but HOW YOU choose to react to what matters.

One of the key points Mrs. Furtick shared regarding your mood swings is that you need to be fortified or strengthened for the fight and my spiritual mama Joyce Meyers always says that the battlefield is in your mind. Just HOW does one fortify themselves to get control over their mood? I’m going to share 7 ways you and I can do that in our everyday lives and they should be easy because they all start with the letter R.

Review your situation- Before you even think about responding to a situation, hold your tongue and think about it. Is it really worth is to have the last word? To respond back? To lose your temper or elevate your voice?

Remain grateful- A grateful heart is a happy heart. It’s difficult to have fluctuating moods when you a grateful for everything in your life even when life gets difficult. Start and end each and every day by writing at least 3 things that you are grateful for. Get into the habit of doing that and I promise that it will change your life.

Regard others as more important than yourself- Now I’m not suggesting that you become invisible and put everyone else above your needs from now on. What I am suggesting is that you focus on making sure that you have that heart of a servant and look for ways to be a blessing to other people. Personally, I don’t like doing housework but I do it out of love for my family because they deserve to live in a clean organized home and THAT brings me pleasure.

Remember your past blessings- Isn’t it interesting how easily we sometimes forget our past struggles once we get through them? We tend to forget how we made it through what we thought were impossible situations. However, when we feel overwhelmed and on the verge of a breakdown…stop and remember that you will get through this! God will never give you more than you can handle and He is always with you.

Repeat what God says about you- I’m not sure what your spiritual belief is but going back to the best success book I know of, there are many affirming words that speak about our strength and beauty. Maybe instead of scripture you have affirmations. Write them down and have them where you can easily see them. Meditate (think about over and over again) on them when you feel your emotions crashing together.

Respond to what you hear from God- Often times when things get tough we fall to our knees and beg God for an answer to our problems. Ask and it will be given right? When we bring our prayers and petitions to God you better believe that He will answer. However, the next step is ours and that is to respond or put into action what we’ve been told to do. This is where some people get stuck. We hear the answer yet do nothing…as if we’re waiting for some secret signal. It can be scary sometimes but don’t ever be so afraid that we do absolutely nothing.

There you have it, six ways to help you get strong and while getting emotions under control. Let me know if you find it challenging managing your emotions. Or if you’ve gotten them under control, how did you do it? There are so many that can benefit from your experience.

To all the swingers out there…you’re not alone.

With big LOVE,

Golda

 

 

 

 

 

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