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How to Change Your Mood Fast

How to Change Your Mood FastThere is a sea of advice out there about how you can change your mood fast using cognitive behavioral therapy along with NLP. Some suggest using hypnosis to bring about an altered state, while others will simply say to forget about whatever reasons you are having a bad mood. I tend think that a little self behavioral conditioning can be very effective. Call it brain training if you like. Whether you are more comfortable using a cognitive behavioral therapy approach or Neuro linguistic programming (NLP) the idea is to change the way you view a situation by looking at problem from different angles.

Neuro Linguistic Programming way to Change Your Mood

NLP relies heavily upon using the imagination to influence emotions. NLP experts often ask subjects to ascribe a specific image to a given emotional feeling. So, that being said, you would think about a happy memory from the past and concentrate upon it intensely. Make sure to involve your five senses while recalling the event. What can you see, smell, taste, feel, plus hear? Can you make the image in your mind brighter? Remembering times when you were experiencing a better mood takes practice. Next, you will want to use an NLP technique called anchoring to continue changing your mood. After you have deeply focused upon a good memory, then make a fist and squeeze it. Think really hard about that good mood level as you are squeezing your fist. The physical action will link an association between your brain, as well as your hand, to change your mood level fast. It may take 50 times of practicing to have any success. If you ever took a psychology class, you probably remember Ivan Pavlov’s classical conditioning experiments.  He basically trained a dog to salivate every time he heard a bell ring. Changing your mood to be happy fast with NLP is a similar concept.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach to Change Mood

Albert Ellis developed a widely recognized therapy approach called Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Many people confuse CBT with REBT but they are not exactly the same. I won’t get into differences. Yet, the theories do work together well.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works upon the premise that we behave certain ways based upon our thoughts. Often associated with irrational thoughts, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy urges us to challenge automatic beliefs. A good example might be: my mornings commute to work was terrible, so now the rest of my day will be awful. During therapy, a therapist might ask, “What evidence do you have that the rest of your day will be bad? Must everyday be perfect? Isn’t it an irrational assumption to think that experiences from the past influence present moment? I’ve found that giving CBT homework assignments, such as thought journaling, can be immensely useful. The idea is to avoid buying into negative thinking by offering up an alternative possibility. Writing down negative thoughts is a good way to re-wire your mind to consider better outcomes. To get yourself into a better mood, you will want to stick to a daily writing schedule. This repetition helps train your brain pattern to view situations in another light.  Utilizing CBT to change your mood level fast involves having an open mind.

As an anxiety specialist in Chicago,  I often use a CBT/NLP combination as a way to help individuals change their mood level on their own.