Saturday, April 14, 2012

Keeping up with my moods

Happy Saturday morning friends! I hope all of your weekend plans look lovelier and more exciting than mine.

I just wanted to write another quick post about my emotions. (Yep. Another one.)

As I said in one of my recent MindBodyGreen articles (, I experience happiness in random, tiny intervals. For me, happiness just kind of comes and goes as it pleases.

I wrote in my journal the other night that nurturing my emotions was a lot of work. It is. Sometimes I feel like I'm physically, mentally, and emotionally trudging through quick sand. But I trudge on because I am a trooper at heart. I think we all are whether we realize it or not.

I've never turned to drugs, alcohol, or self-harm as a way of dealing with my feelings. Writing has always given me that outlet---which is why I have decided to start keeping a mood journal.

Every day, four times a day, I am going to write down my mood and the thought or reason behind it so I can keep track of my emotional nature and hopefully understand myself a little better.

And if my results suggest that I might need some help, then I will try to work up the courage to get the help I need. (Now that I mention it, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if I found out I was bipolar or something.)

We all need a healthy way to express ourselves and sort out our overwhelmingly massive amount of thoughts and feelings.

What will YOU do to sort out your feelings?

<3 Madison

p.s. I will be making some changes to this blog pretty soon---adding more features, playing around with the layout and design, etc. I just want to make it look really official and amazeballs. I'm not sure when I will start making these changes (I'm the biggest procrastinator on the planet), but in the meantime, given the fact that I am a bit technology deficient and creatively indecisive, I am open to suggestions. What would you like to see on my blog? Do you have any blogging related tips for me? Anything you think I should improve upon or do differently?

Feel free to share your thoughts if you have any! :-)


  1. Madison, I do lots of things to sort out my feelings! Writing is one thing I do. Some other things that helps me sort my feelings out: Running on the treadmill (I'm not a fan of a treadmill, and I can let my mind wander there), long walks in the woods with no particular destination, people watching, reading, cross stitching, coloring (something elaborate, like mandalas), cleaning, decluttering and letting go of things I don't absolutely love or use any more, and gardening

    Wow! That list even surprised me!

    So, I guess I do things that allow me move and get the body part of the feeling/mood/emotion moving as well as the feeling. It's almost like I trick myself into either sorting feelings out by not engaging them directly or by using my body to give me something else to feel.

    1. That's an awesome list! I may even try doing some of those things myself. I also love walking. It clears my head and keeps me in the present. And all of the other activities are great ideas too---anything that can de-stress you is a good idea.

      Thank you for reading and commenting! :-)

  2. Hi Madison! I just couldn't not comment, could I? ;)
    I think one of the biggest myths out there is that we would/should/could live in a state of permanent bliss and everlasting happiness. I don't believe that there is such thing. I believe that going through life means going through all kinds of emotions and that's fine. I think wanting to feel any different than we feel in the moment and wanting to get rid of the 'bad' emotions asap is only adding to those. I love how you set out to be a scientist of your emotions. I think that that watching - as an observer and non-judgmentally - of our emotions and the thoughts that drive them is so so valuable. Don't forget to include the 'good' emotions in your observation (often we tend to focus on the 'bad' ones only) - there's wisdom to be found in both of them! Big hug! An

  3. Hi An!! :-)

    I don't believe there is such a thing as permanent bliss or happiness either and one of my main goals in writing this blog is to really show my humanity and be honest about my feelings and struggles. I believe that's what people respond to.

    And yes, keeping my mood journal so far has led me to so many self-realizations. It really helps me stay aware of my emotions instead of pushing them away.

    I document every emotion I have. I write down whatever I'm feeling every morning, afternoon, evening, and night. So far, they have all been pretty positive and I'd like to keep it that way!

    Thanks for reading. <3

  4. Hi Madison. I hope you're well. Have you ever done yoga. Here is a great article called "Emotions in motion" by Donna Raskin. I thought you might enjoy it. Have a lovely day.

    1. Hi!

      I've never tried yoga, but lots of people have recommended it. Maybe I will motivate myself to give it a try sometime. :P

      I will read the article! Thanks for sharing. :-)

      <3 Madison