Day 5: On-The-Go Meditation Challenge

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Day 5: How To Snap Out Of A Bad Mood

Learn to change what something means for you and identify something positive about the situation.

Why it Matters

One reason we often feel angry, frustrated, or stressed is because we’re thinking negative thoughts. Usually, our bad mood is tied to an external event. Something has happened that we think shouldn’t have happened. Or something is not happening that we think should happen.

Negative thoughts impact your emotions. In turn, your emotions skew your biochemical and endocrine systems. When you learn how to manage your moods better, you become wiser about how to manage your life.

How do you turn off a negative cascade of emotions, biochemical distress signals, and stress hormones? Try this 5-minute guided meditation:

5-Minute Guided Meditation

Think of a situation that is bothering you. Identify the underlying emotion. Is it fear, anger, or frustration? Now, decide to interpret this situation in another way. Ask for the lesson in the situation. Ask how you can turn things around for the better or how you can practice detachment in the midst of chaos. By asking the right question, you begin to see the situation in a new way.

Usually, we are upset about other people or ourselves. While you can’t control other people, you can use their negative behavior as a cue to improve yourself. Or, if you’re angry at yourself for making a mistake, use it as a lesson to improve how you will manage things better in the future. Interestingly, what was upsetting you may now become a source of inspiration.

Make Meditation A Habit

With the new information and strategies you’ve gained throughout this challenge, you have enough to get you started with meditation on the go. Once you succeed at making it a habit, the benefits you’ll reap will be more than enough to motivate you to stick with it!

Featured photo credit: Paul Dennis via flickr.com

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