FROM STRESSED OUT TO CHILLED
Out With the Miracle of Mood Freezing
From Stressed Out to Chilled Out With the Miracle of Mood Freezing
Do you lash out when you feel angry or upset because you hope that venting will
make you feel better? It turns out that mood freezing is a more effective option.
The term “mood freezing” comes from a study where researchers deliberately got
people riled up. Then, they fed them a pill that would supposedly make it impossible
for them to change their mood. Once people were convinced that aggression would
fail to give them relief, they tried other solutions and said they felt happier.
On the whole, catharsis is a myth. Expressing unpleasant feelings usually fails to get
them out of your system, even if you enjoy the venting in a way. Relaxation and other
techniques are more effective.
Benefits of Mood Freezing and Other Non-Aggressive Techniques
1. Protect your relationships. Blowing off steam can distance you from your loved
ones. Respectful discussions smooth the way for staying connected and for
2. Clarify your thinking.Anger clouds our minds. It’s easier to be logical when
3. Avoid regrets.Once you use your upper case voice, it’s hard to take it back.
Speaking gently spares you from having to make a lot of repairs.
4. Enjoy more happiness.Anger may sometimes feel exciting. However, in the long
term, abandoning aggression will make you more content.
Non-Aggressive Alternatives for Dealing With Unpleasant Emotions
1. Accept the situation. For instant relief, decide to make the best of whatever
happens. As you pay attention to things you can control, other factors become
2. Practice relaxation.Develop relaxation methods that work for you. Engage in
daily meditation or take a walk. Listen to instrumental music or get a massage.
3. Retire to a quiet place. Modern life bombards us with noise so it’s nice to have
someplace you can retreat to. After listening to Chopin while taking a warm
bath surrounded by candles, you may feel differently about the seatmate who
snored all through a long flight.
4. Take a pause. There’s a lot of wisdom in stopping your anger by counting to ten.
Give yourself time to consider how to respond when a coworker saddles you
with extra work.
5. Anticipate consequences.Use that interval to calculate how different
approaches are likely to turn out. Splitting up chores with your roommate
sounds more promising than seeing how high the kitchen garbage can pile up.
6. Talk it over. Direct discussions usually work best. Negotiate a flexible work
schedule with your boss rather than letting resentments build up over last
minute overtime requests.
7. Challenge media representations.Lots of movies and TV shows celebrate
aggression. After all, it does look dramatic. Maintain a critical mind so you can
separate entertainment from real life.
8. Seek distractions.Some things need to be examined and others are best left
alone. Listen to an audio book to take your mind off a long daily commute.
9. Analyze events.On the other hand, serious issues require more attention. Ask
yourself why a long term friendship now seems strained. It’s worth getting to
the bottom of it.
10. Address root causes. Make an effort to identify the ultimate source of your
feelings. Your distress over a broken fingernail may really be tied to deeper
concerns about your body image.
11. Change your routine.There may be a grave dilemma in your life or recurring
patterns that bother you. If you want different results, do things differently. For
example, put an end to homework squabbles by agreeing on a set schedule or
hiring a tutor.
If you want to be happier, try to vent less and relax more. No pill is necessary. Train
yourself to react peacefully to unpleasant emotions.
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