Explaining bad moods

We could be forgiven or even justified for being in a bad mood, because now there’s an explanation.

Some Psychologists believe moods are brought about because of ego depletion. Ego depletion refers to the idea that willpower or self-control is responsible for drawing upon a limited pool of mental resources, which is used up the more we exert ourselves mentally.

When the energy for mental activity is low, self-control is typically impaired and that is considered a state of ego depletion. Because we’re already using energy to deal with a problem we’re draining the brain’s reserves and it’s that which makes us more irritated. The more we push ourselves mentally, the more confused and irritated we become.

Bad moods will always spiral. If we’re not careful they will manifest themselves into making us more angry and irritable. Unfortunately, because some of the issues we deal with take longer to work through than others that will take more energy. Therefore, it’s up to us to find quick and simple solutions.

The less mental resources we use to sort our issues out, the less mentally impaired we will be. It doesn’t end there. Bad moods affect digestion, raise blood pressure, elevate the heart and impact the immunity.

But all is not lost. Exercising, listening to music and going for a brisk walk will help us change a bad mood into good.


26 Jan, 2014

4 thoughts on “Explaining bad moods

  1. I try not to get in bad moods, but when I do I definitely feel the drain mentally.

    Usually I try doing something that will get my mind off of whatever caused the bad mood just as you have suggested. I think most of the time bad moods are caused by others. My moods are usually related to my children and not being able to help them out like I want.

    I get frustrated with everything and money is usually the root. I’ve also discovered that if I’m productive at something else like housework, I feel better. If I listen to music while I’m doing the housework I feel better.

    My bad moods don’t last long because I won’t let them. I hate being in a bad mood.

    1. Thanks Lisa. I know it often seems like bad moods are caused by others, but that’s not always the case. It’s all down to our unconscious thoughts, where something is already bothering us; someone says something and we spiral into a mood.

      It’s therefore not what someone says that is the cause of how we feel; it’s how we feel already and what they say and how they say it that usually tips us over the edge. I agree that our circumstances have a lot to do with the way we feel about things; the way we handle ourselves and our lives.

      You’ve eloquently highlighted a problem that you deal with and that you know causes you stress. When we’re stressed we’re more likely to get into a bad mood.

      I’m pleased you’ve found something that helps you feel better when you’re in a bad mood. Finding something is key.

  2. Boy, I’ve been having to deal with this issue a few times recently! I really try to avoid getting angry but there are times when things just get to me and I end up exploding which isn’t good.

    I’ve been dealing with my father more often, since he’s in the nursing home which has brought up so many old feelings. I’ve spent the majority of my life living like a vulcan without any feelings, which doesn’t work well being human!

    My bad moods seem to be few and far between which has been good. I just have to learn more about how to work through my feelings instead of stuffing them all down!

    1. Yes stuffing our feeling down doesn’t help. You’re right Randy. I know that if we can at least try to deal with our feelings, we’re less likely to spiral into a bad mood.

      Bad moods come about because we struggle and we’ll always struggle if we don’t deal with our feelings. It’s a catch twenty two scenario every time.

      Thanks for being so honest with what you deal with Randy.

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