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by | Oct 18, 2020

moodmeter

Our weekly Team NLP blog where you’ll find inspiration and actionable advice on how to build healthy habits, resilience, and connections in our unprecedented times.

How have you been feeling this week?  I always ask this question as it is useful to pay attention to the emotions that are impacting you and your ability to function at your best.  Have a look at the image posted this week (the rest of it can be found in the Team NLP blog).  We call it the ‘Mood Meter’ and we have taken it from an activity designed by Tony Robbins.  It is useful to check in with yourself three times a day in the morning, afternoon and evening and ask yourself ‘how am I feeling?’ Which of the emotions on the list am I feeling right now?  If you keep a diary for a week you will begin to see patterns emerging.  For example, when are you at your best at the top end of the mood meter?  Or when are you at your least resourceful at the bottom of the mood meter?  What impacts how you feel?  And , what can you learn from the times that you are at your best?  Look back at last week’s blog for some ideas to get you out of a negative mood.  Why is this useful you might ask? 

Over the past 30 years, scientists have discovered an undeniable link between the mind and the body. The vehicle that the mind and body use to communicate with each other is the chemistry of emotion. The chemicals in question are molecules, short chains of amino acids called peptides and receptors, that are believed to be the ‘biochemical correlate of emotion’. The peptides can be found in your brain, but also in your stomach, your muscles, your glands and all your major organs, sending messages back and forth.

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 Our cells are eavesdropping on our thoughts every second of our lives. So our emotions have a deciding influence on our health as the neuropeptides and their receptors are in constant communication with the immune system. Viruses use the same receptors to enter the cells, as do the neuropeptides we release when we are experiencing elevated moods. Is this the reason why depressed people have a tendency to get sick more often whilst those who are happy and relaxed stay healthy? Is that why if we are feeling sick and have taken to our bed, and then the person we’ve fancied for months calls and asks us out, within minutes we are in a different emotional state and ready to go out? It’s because the neuropeptides flood out the virus molecules and release energy that help us to feel much better. It seems to be that our health reflects the emotions we are feeling and the emotions follow the thoughts we think. Something to think about in these uncertain times when it is so important that we take control of how we experience our lives each day.

 

To your success

Lindsey and all at Team NLP