Welcome to the heartbeat of Integrative Counsel, our blog where tranquility meets transformation. This is your sanctuary for insights and wisdom on nurturing a harmonious connection between mind, body, and spirit.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Across all intersections of belief, age, origin, or gender, we’ve all felt the seemingly inescapable desire to act like a sourpuss. Taking a bad attitude with your personal relationships can put a stain on your interactions with the people you love, and getting obstinate and grumpy in your professional life will only serve to make you miserable. So what are you supposed to do when you just cannot seem to pierce your impervious and pervasive sense of grump? Here, try this.
Sometimes hunger is half the battle. It is impossible to overstate the impact that hunger has on grumpiness. Human emotions have a tendency to become far more severe when our body’s needs are going unmet. So if you’re feeling really grumpy, eating something filling and nutritious will at the very least give you the energy to work through it.
Embracing your physicality through exercise is like hitting the reset button on your computer. After all, it’s hard to stay grumpy when there’s sweat flying off your eyelashes, but mindful exercise doesn’t have to be something that damages your body or strains your patience. Doing a gentle yoga flow can be excellent exercise without breaking the bank energy-wise. Even just taking the time to stretch out your body can be a boon to your mood, and your mental health.
Going outside and taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of nature can do wonders for your mood and attitude. Think about it, just feeling the sunlight on your skin gives your body the vitamin D it needs to survive. As humans, we evolved to spend lots of time outside. If our lizard brain feels like it’s locked in a cage, it would only make sense for it to take a sour mood.
“But what is Opposite Action?” You ask. Opposite Action is a coping skill that can be tremendously helpful for people who struggle with executive dysfunction, depression, anxiety, or even a bad mood. Sometimes our gut feelings drive us into the arms of despair, and we need to take drastic measures to heal ourselves. Opposite Action is about taking those gut feelings, such as “I don’t want to take the trash out”, and then turning them into positive output, such as taking the trash out.
Your overwhelm and burnout might be presenting themselves as grumpiness. To reduce your irritability, create a morning routine that is filled with self-care. Give yourself time to just be, sitting in mindful meditation, sipping your tea and coffee, and just giving in to the little pleasures of life. Think about what you are grateful for, and what you have to look forward to. If you are so grumpy that you can’t think of anything, plan and create things to look forward to. You deserve it!
Burnout getting you down? Click here to send our office manager, Alli, an email. She’ll help you get matched to your perfect therapist.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3777″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Sunny Ebsary is a writer and singer-songwriter from Tampa, FL. When he’s not sing-songwriting or just regular writing, he’s probably drinking water with a lot of ice, having a staring contest with his cat, or giving people great ideas. You can listen to Sunny’s music here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
March 8, 2022
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