Mood Swings at work
Mood swings occur in both men and women. It is normal to experience different moods during the workday, but it’s also important to know how to manage them. When you are able to control your mood swings, you will be able to function better at work and. Recent studies have found that moods can have a strong effect on performance. It is also shown that moods are contagious people can “catch” moods from each other. While some individuals tend naturally to have more cheerful personalities, in the workplace everyone needs to work to moderate negative moods and to strive to control unruly emotions to ensure a productive and positive work environment.
Mood swings, or rapid changes in one’s emotional state, may occur as a reaction to circumstances or environment, as a result of a physical or mental health condition, or for no apparent reason it will be easier to do best at work and to help your co-workers do their best. The key to managing your moods during the day is to balance emotional “up” and “down” times. Your overall sense of well-being is determined partly by factors you can’t control, including your genes and family background.
Ways to Control Daily Mood Swings at work
Get enough sleep
Sleep deprivation is one of the most common causes of mood swings and out-of-control emotions. If you get too little sleep one night, try to make up for it the next by going to bed earlier or sleeping later, so you won’t build up a “sleep debt” you carry through the week.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Assume positive resolved
Generally most co-workers want to cooperate and work well with other team members. But some team members work differently than you do. Try not to let this frustrate you, because their way may lead to positive solutions and good things. You can choose to look for the good in their approach, rather than see it as an irritation or a threat. Take steps to avoid “catching” the bad moods of enduring complainers. Have a polite exit strategy you can use when someone starts to gripe.
Connect with positive people
Being around upbeat people makes us feel good. Most of us at times “mirror” or copy the physical gestures of others without realizing it. When co-workers adopt stiff, negative postures, we unconsciously imitate them. We also copy body language that’s more relaxed and optimistic, whether we are aware of it or not. Spend time whenever you can with positive people avoid mood swings. Consider giving yourself a “two-minute warning” when a bad mood has gone on for too long. Give yourself two minutes more to think about the subject, and then move on to something else.
Distract yourself&Go for a walk
Right when you are about to have a mood swing, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and walk away. Do something to take your mind off of what is making you unhappy. Exercise can help keep your weight under control, it can improve range of motion and it can also improve circulation. One other thing it can do is release endorphins and elevate your mood. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. Go for a 20 minute walk or bike ride when you feel a mood swing coming on. This can also help keep your mind occupied.