4 Tips to Control Your Moods
By: Sara Chana Silverstein, RH (AHG), IBCLC
MOODTOPIA is what I call reaching a state where you are in ‘control of your moods, so your moods do not control you!’ All your moods are normal, natural and even healthy. Since women’s moods fluctuate more than men’s, we need a few extra tools in our chest! Here are some easy tips to make sure your moods don’t overtake you and hold you hostage!
Honor your moods: It is important to realize that the moods you are feeling are telling you something you need to know. If you are angry, it can feel negative at the moment, but if you dig deep, anger can give you the push to change something. If you feel sad, then take some time for yourself and explore what would make you feel better at that moment. Experiencing sadness can help you become more compassionate toward a friend in need. Just acknowledge your moods, and know there is something you can learn from them—just try not to get stuck in them.
Do random acts of kindness: Studies show that when you do unsolicited kind acts, your cortisol levels drop, and your blood pressure is also lowered. Not only do you help the other person, you reap the benefits as well.
Wear colors in your palette: Colors do affect our mood, and can definitely boost us when we are down. Find a color you feel good in, and save it for those days you feel unsettled. The energy of the color can improve your outlook.
Try some soothing herbs: Herbs have been used for thousands of years to help aid us with our emotions. They can lower cortisol levels and boost our mood. I like them best in tincture form (as opposed to capsules which are not very effective), diluted in a little water or juice:
·Skullcap is best used for nervous tension and anxious feelings. You can feel the calming effect within twenty minutes of taking this herb. This is one of my favorites when I really feel stressed out!
·Lemon Balm is both a calming herb and anti-viral. Therefore, this herb can be given when you are not able to relax, and also at the first sign of a cold.
·Fresh milky oats is an herb whose effect is not felt right away, and can take a few weeks to work, but it is greatly beneficial for the nervous system after long-term stress, and it works well when combined with the other herbs mentioned.
·Valerian is an herb that is best used if a person is in a nervous state that is accompanied by sadness. This herb helps when you are having trouble falling asleep, or if you tend to shut down emotionally when you’re nervous. This herb often takes a few days to work its way into your system, but is worth the wait, because when it begins to work, it can really calm down the central nervous system.
Try incorporating some of these tips and wonderful herbs into your life, and before you know it, you will reach your personal MOODTOPIA.
Sara-Chana Silverstein, IBCLC RH (AHG)
is the author of the book, MOODTOPIA—Tame Your Moods, De-Stress and Find Balance Using Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils. She is a Classical Homeopath, Master Herbalist and Lactation Consultant with twenty-six years of experience. Find her at Moodtopiabook.com, on Instagram and Twitter @sarachanas, or on Facebook as Sara Chana.