We’ve all experienced a moody day or temperamental period in our lives. We may feel upbeat for a time, but then descend and become sad or even grouchy. If the moodiness persists it can negatively affect our relationships with co-workers and loved ones.
Short-term moodiness can be caused by a variety of factors including stress, exhaustion and difficulties in your private life or with finances. Long-term mood swings often are attributed to hormonal or physiological imbalances, psychological disorders, or other issues that may need to be addressed by medical professionals.
Regardless of the duration or severity, an uneven temperament can put others off.
Most people are unaware of how their mercurial demeanor tends to affect those around them. Peers may forgive the issue because they believe it to be inherent or otherwise unalterable. But it is possible to change behavior by being aware of the issue and choosing to improve it.
Here are a few steps that may help:
- Give some thought to the discomfort you’re causing as a way of managing your irritation
- Stay connected with your sense of humor
- Smile when you see or hear something funny, sweet or charming
- Breathe; focus on maintaining a calm demeanor
- Take yourself out of the equation; make an effort to engage with others about what interests them
With time and practice, we can accomplish what we set out to do. Cultivate more socially acceptable behavior by setting realistic goals and exercising patience with ourselves.
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