Have you ever heard a person say, “You got up on the wrong side of the bed today”, or “Get the chip off your shoulder”? Or have you ever said, “Leave me alone, I am in a bad mood today.” Most of us women who have struggled with PMS somewhere in our lifetime wake up in a bad mood and it is usually our husband or children see this side of negative emotions. I have been sick with Bronchitis this past week and find it a struggle to breath. I don’t think I have been in a bad mood but I have however have had much stress to an overworking schedule and I have found stress can bring on sickness. Everyday we should make a conscience effort to realize “bad moods” is something we all can control and if we don’t it will control us. Bad moods weaken your immune system enough to make your body a nice place for a virus to raise a family. A bad mood affects your body. Anger, frustration, worry and depression all impair your body’s ability to heal itself. They weaken your immune system. One factor that was related to getting sick was stress. If the person experienced negative emotions, it was a good predictor of upcoming illness. The scientific evidence for this is overwhelming. It is even discussed by some doctors that depressed, anxious, angry or hostile people are twice as likely to suffer from heart disease, asthma, arthritis and headaches as are happier, more relaxed individuals.
People have a tendency to pull away from someone in a bad mood. Relationships are about being close together. When you’re down and in a bad mood, people don’t want to be around you, so you have a tendency to weaken your relationships. Probably most of the damage you’ve done to the people you love and care about was when you were in a bad mood. You weren’t feeling good and you said something mean to them. Or you acted less ethically than normal. Or you were more selfish. You hurt the people you love most when you’re in a bad mood.
But your body is not the only thing impaired. Have you ever noticed when you’re upset or in a bad mood or depressed that you feel confused and can’t sort your thoughts very well? When you’re upset you may see your life distorted. Bad feelings distort your perception. Your state of mind and emotion changes how you perceive things. And the same thing happens to your perception; depending on what mood you’re in. “Fear and worry are bad feelings, and they influence our perception. Fear tends to focus the mind so much on the threat that we overlook some good options.
We distort in the direction of the state. Anger biases you to see more trespass. Sadness biases you to see more loss. Fear biases you to see more danger.
If you look at the world through a bad mood, any solution you create will likely be inappropriate for your life. And a bad solution tends to cause more stress. First, the stress causes the distortion. Then the distortion causes more stress. It’s a counter-productive cycle: Stress leads to more stress. Your body then reaps results.
Bad moods also affect your ability to think. Bad moods also damage your character. You don’t act as well when you’re down as when you’re up. When you’re down, you’ve brought your worst into the world. You aren’t as likely to keep your commitments or accomplish what you wanted to accomplish. You are more likely to participate in malicious gossip. You’re more likely to be ugly to people. Most of the things you’ve done in your life that you’re ashamed of are things you’ve done when you feeling negative emotions.
Bad moods also influence your level of energy. There are times when everything seems just too much effort.
So the stress drains us and we don’t get as much done. And when we don’t get as much done, we’re not as capable of meeting our challenges. Once again we have a snowball effect: When we feel bad and we don’t have enough energy and our bodies are down, we can’t get as much done and we’re sick more often, and that, in turn, causes more stress in our life. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be in a bad mood and I don’t like being sick.
If you find yourself in a bad mood or dealing with negative emotions, stress or sickness then focus on making some changes in your life. Focus on the positive and good things of life. Remember good times. Set goals for the day and accomplish them. Exercise and or take a break to treat yourself to a relaxing atmosphere. Limit your exposure to negative people or people who bring you down. Pray and read the Bible for encouraging promises. Lift up your head and see that God wants to bless you with a life of abundance free from sickness and from stress. God is never in a bad mood.
Prayer: Lord I pray upon waking every day that I would express your love and character in all that I do. Quicken me when I portray the “bad mood” to become positive in all my projects throughout my life. In Jesus Name. Amen
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.KJV