There’s a story behind every mood. Start your week by tapping into yours!

by | May 03, 2021

There's a story behind every mood. Start your week by tapping into yours!
The way we feel—our state of mind and body—tells a story.

But it’s usually obscured by the story we tell ourselves, especially if it’s a negative feeling: “I feel like this because I’m a bad person. I’m a loser. This other person caused it. I have a mental illness. I’m weak. The weather is bad,” etc..

These interpretations are not only limited or false, they actually amplify the problem by cementing it into a mood that has power over us.

In fact, the very notion that our distress is wrong is part of the false narrative we spin about ourselves.

The qualities within a negative experience are only negative because they’re not consciously integrated; when we process them to consciousness and own them they become positive stories.

For example, being bullied is a negative experience but within this story is our own power that’s meant to be integrated and used in a positive way.

The same is true for inner experiences that oppress us like depression and anxiety; they contain our own unintegrated powers that have turned against us.

Try this:

Identify your current mood and the story you tell yourself about it. Then, put it aside.

Close your eyes and focus on how you feel.

Don’t judge or explain it, just feel into it deeply.

Describe it in the third person: Instead of, “I feel xyz” or “It makes me feel xyz,” imagine your mood as a separate being like it’s another person.

Then, describe this person’s qualities and behavior in a positive way.

For example, if you experience depression as a heavy weight oppressing you, imagine a positive version of a heavy weight person. “He’s a heavyweight and powers through all obstacles.”

If your depression is an empty feeling, imagine a positive version of an empty person. “She’s a zen minded soul with a calm, empty mind.”

If your frustration feels like a internal pressure, imagine someone who can apply a lot of pressure to life. “He doesn’t give up.”

If your anxiety feels dramatic, imagine someone with a positive version of being dramatic, ie. being passionate.

Then, imagine being this new person.

Hidden within your distressing story is a liberating one!

Dr. Zwig
©2023 Dr. Adam Zwig

Meet Dr. Adam Zwig—psychologist, musician, podcaster, author, and educator. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology, has had 9 Top Ten hit singles on the U.S Adult Contemporary charts, and is an internationally renowned workshop leader and lecturer. He has been featured on Billboard, SiriusXM Radio, CBS Radio, and many other stations, and in People Magazine, SPIN, Pollstar, and many other publications. Dr. Zwig has released 7 albums, and his music can be heard on National TV, including NBC, Fox, and Fuel TV. He has more than 160 million views on YouTube, over half a million social media followers, and has scored in the top 10% of rock artists streamed on Spotify in 2022. His forthcoming book, Your Problem Is Your Teacher, shows how life problems are not pathological but rather personal growth processes trying to happen. His podcast, The Dr. Zwig Show, posts new episodes every Wednesday.

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