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Deal with your grumpiness

In order to handle your emotions and moods, including grumpiness, pay attention to the following steps:

  • Become aware of the fact that you are feeling grumpy: it might be a bit challenging at the beginning, but it will surely pay off.
  • Validate you being grumpy: learn to accept the idea according to which being grumpy is not something bad.
  • Ask yourself what the reasons for you feeling grumpy are.
  • Accept your grumpiness: welcoming your grumpiness rather than avoiding it can only lead to a more positive relationship with yourself

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Managing your grumpiness can have several positive effects on your life:

  • It can lead to an improvement in your personal relationships.
  • It can result in a better work environment.
  • You will definitely feel better with yourself the moment you learn how to stop criticizing your bad moods.

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Grumpiness

Grumpiness can be defined as a bad mood that tends to last from several hours to a few days.

What we can not really explain is why we are grumpy: there is usually no reason which we can blame this mood for.

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Meta-grumpiness can be explained as the fact of being grumpy because you are grumpy.

Once you have noticed that you are feeling grumpy, this makes you feel even more grumpy, as you tend to become critical of yourself being grumpy.

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Grumpiness can be caused by many factors, among which:

  • An unfulfilled psychological need: one way to avoid this is by clearly expressing your needs and, eventually, taking some actions in order to accomplish them.
  • An unrealistic high expectation: make sure you check your expectations on a regular basis, so you can always have realistic and achievable ones.
  • The lack of self-compassion: if you have a negative attitude towards yourself, you are most likely going to feel at least grumpy.

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Moods Vs Emotions

Emotions (like rage) are a jolt of energy with a short duration and are also called ‘action potentials’. This is because they provide information that energizes you towards a particular action.

Moods are states of mind shaped by our current problems, stress, thought and rumination. Moods that go on longer than a day or two can cause anxiety or depression.

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Take Control of Your Mind

To take control of your mind do the following:

  • Conquer negative thinking by treating yourself like a friend when negative thoughts come. Be empathetic towards yourself.
  • Challenge your negative thoughts to see if they are a true representation of who you are.
  • Write a brief story about your struggles, then rewrite it from a neutral observer perspective. For example:

Your struggle: I have no money.

From a neutral observation: Everyone struggles with money from time to time.

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Explaining Anger

Anger is characterised by an intense feeling of displeasure, ranging from frustration to rage. It includes a physiological response like increased heart rate and muscle tension, thoughts such as blame or revenge, and predictable behaviour, such as the desire to lash out.

Many people don't act out how they feel. They might want to yell or scream, but instead, they might pout, cry, or breathe deeply.

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