Overcoming Our Mood Swings

I really enjoyed this paragraph from the late Henri Nouwen on overcoming our/my mood swings. I suspect you have the occasional mood swing. I’m not sure how you handle yours, but when I get hit by a ‘rogue’ mood swing, I am not a very happy camper.  This quote gave me some lifelines for managing my mood swings.  Whether you are religious or not, there are spiritual resources available to help us not only survive our moods, but thrive in spite of them.

Are we condemned to be passive victims of our moods?  Must we simply say:  “I feel great today” or “I feel awful today,” and require others to live with our moods?

Although it is very hard to control our moods, we can gradually overcome them by living a well-disciplined spiritual life.  This can prevent us from acting out of our moods.  We might not “feel” like getting up in the morning because we “feel” that life is not worth living, that nobody loves us, and that our work is boring.  But if we get up anyhow, to spend some time reading the Gospels, praying the Psalms, and thanking God for a new day, our moods may lose their power over  us.

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About coachdelmonte

I am an ACC (Associate Certified Coach) with the International Coaching Federation and graduate of Coach U International, focusing on personal, ministry and professional coaching with a focus on getting solid, timely and focused results. If you are interested in a complimentary session to see if partnering with me would assist you in becoming your best version of yourself, contact me at coachinglifeonlife@gmail.com

Posted on July 24, 2012, in spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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