“What’s the Matter?” These words have haunted the lives of many. Suffering from a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety is no easy thing to deal with in the chaos of life. Sometimes life dawns tragic losses upon us or sudden misfortunes that we all have to endure. However, what would happen if someone who felt the symptoms of a mood disorder lead a seemingly perfect life with very few trials and tribulations? This is true in many cases. How then can one be truly happy when there is no observable problem to fix, no hardships to get over, and no personal affliction?
If the cause of our conditions cant be observed, then they must stem from our minds. Many have heard the phrase “mind over matter” which refers to the ability to overcome obstacles. This is also pertinent in overcoming the paradox of “what’s the matter?” when there seems to be no logical answer to be found. In the book “You can be happy no matter what” the author, Richard Carlson, explains how our moods are dictated by thoughts. When we have thoughts consciously or unconsciously, they can adversely effect our emotions and vice versa.
So, what does this mean for those who suffer from mood disorders like depression and anxiety? Simply stated, there is a choice to be happy. Being conscious of this fact helps aid the path to a better life. Think happy thoughts and be happy. Although it is never this simple, we can still dictate when we do what.
Let’s say you are in a mood, and someone innocently pesters you with the “what’s the matter?” question. Instead of unleashing what thoughts and emotions you may actually be feeling, you have a choice to calmly let that person know that this mood is just a by product of certain thoughts that derive from your disorder and that some alone time to readjust to a better mood would be helpful. Suddenly, a weight will be lifted, a breath of fresh air will hit the lungs, and a serene focus on self will bring back a mood that is needed to wisely deal with things in your life.
As stated before, things may not always be this simple. Engaging in health and wellness readings can be the first step in the right direction. In a typical westernized diet of processed and fried foods, it can be difficult to acquire the sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals your body needs in a day. If it’s difficult to change your diet, then making the conscious decision to take a multi-vitamin can help counteract unhealthy eating patterns.
Changing your diet to a healthier one is always the best choice if you have the option. Eating more fruits and vegetables while lowering your intake of sugary treats will do wonders, but this is a lifestyle that you will have to commit to if you want to feel the effects. Working out can have an astounding effect on your mood as well. The increased blood flow to your brain will bring more oxygen as well as heightened moods.
Wherever you are in life, you can always change. Remember this; whatever the matter is, make up your mind to live a healthier and happier life.