What is a mood?

A mood is the state of a person's affect and is similar to emotions and feelings. Moods are often more general compared to emotions. Moods are typically considered positive or negative and can be a sign of other conditions. For example, someone in a low or depressed mood may also have decreased motivation and have less interest in activities they once enjoyed.

What affects your mood?

There are many factors that can affect one's mood.


Getting good sleep is crucial in maintaining good physical and mental health. Sleep can play a large role in mood disorders like bipolar disorder . Sleep deprivation has also been used to treat depression.


Being full or hungry can have an effect on people's moods and the food that they eat. When people don’t eat, their body naturally signals for stress-inducing hormones like cortisol which can have a negative effect on people's moods. Depression is also linked to eating disorders like Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and Obesity.

Mood Disorders

A mood disorders is a mental disorder characterized by a disturbance in a person’s mood. The disturbances are usually an abnormally elevated mood or abnormally depressed mood. Bipolar disorder often manifests itself as episodes of mania and depression. Depression is a prolonged period of low mood.

How can I improve my mood?

Mood repair strategies can be used to help shift an individual's mood from a sad or depressed state to a more elevated and joyful one. These strategies are often used in cognitive therapy. Some examples of techniques:

  • Retrieving Positive Memories
  • Listening to music
  • Social Support
  • Stress management and Relaxation
  • Exercise
  • Sex
  • Humor

Mood tracking

Mood tracking is the practice of recording how you’re feeling every day into a log. This log can contain an overall mood, specific symptoms, and anything else you think would be important to keep track of. As you build a history of your moods, you can see how they change over time and find out what might be influencing how you’re feeling.

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