How to Deal with Moods 

 Originally Written: December 12, 2013

By  Hanna Trafford

moodsHolidays are just around the corner and now the fun can start! But – with all the festive fun and good things, there is also stress, anxiety, worries…. Here are a few tips on how you can deal with all of that. And I do hope it will help!

To Soothe Worry:

Do a mental body scan and once you discover an affected area – like hunched shoulders, contract the muscles for a few seconds, then release and repeat. This will force your body to let go of tightness and when the physical discomfort has been released, your mind will follow suit.

Get Rid of Distractions:

You are trying to focus on what you want to accomplish, but there is always something distracting you, leading to frustration. Surprising solution: scribble drawings in your notes. Studies show that doodlers retain almost 30% more information and non-doodlers. Visual tasks do not interfere with auditory tasks – they recruit additional mental resources. As a result, the brain has less available processing power.

To Evaporate Anger:

Whatever the reason for your anger is, take a time-out and try this ancient hand gesture called a mundra. Form both of your hands into fists and extend your thumbs, then place your thumbs on either side of your nose, the groove just below the brow (at eye level). There is a pressure point there that makes this a powerful spot to release tension – specifically anger. Apply slight pressure and hold for 3 minutes, breathing deeply. When we are angry, we breathe faster and shallower. This exercise slows breathing to clam you down. You will definitely feel different after about 10 breaths.

To Cure Tiredness:

You have an increased number of tasks and errands – so it is easy to start feeling drained before you can accomplish what you have planned. Try this fix: Pinch the muscle in the web are of your index finger and thumb and massage it in circular motion, applying consistent pressure for 3 minutes or until the are start feeling achey. This is acupressure  move that modulates concentrations of emerging neurotransmitters like endorphins with help combat fatigue.

To Ease Nervousness:

You planned a party for family and friends, the time of their arrival is almost here and you are thinking about you might have forgotten or what is not quite right. To channel your energy more effectively, create upward moves – like taking items from top of your fridge or restocking glasses on your top shelf. Such upward motor action can positively influence emotions. Researches found that moving marbles upward between two boxes helped people recall happy memories.

To Dial Down Irritation:

Let’s say you are already running late and to top it off, you can stuck in a long checkout line in the grocery store. You might find yourself subconsciously doing a “stress fidget” – like tapping your fingers or twirling your hair with impatience. Try focusing on the action. For example – concentrate on the cool sensation of the plastic as your fingers hit the shopping cart or the movement of your hands, This practice of mindfulness can actually make the wait much easier to bear. By exploring the physical manifestation of irritation or annoyance, we can bring our mind to the present moment and the underlying feeling. Simply acknowledging the emotion will help it pass.


Hope you have enjoyed this information and will have an absolutely wonderful holidays!







Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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