The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin is about the author’s journey to infuse her life with a sense of peace and stability. She dives into the universal triggers every woman faces with observations that will resonate and inspire.
Blending cutting-edge science, timeless philosophy, witty anecdotes, and effective forms of self-care, Martin has written a powerful, intimate, and incredibly relatable chronicle of transformation, proving that you really can turn your worst moods into your best life.
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30 Quotes from The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin
If my good moods were my natural state, then my bad moods were when something brought me out of it.
When we’re anxious, we’re not really living. We’re surviving. We’re holding on, waiting for the anxiety to pass, losing out on minutes, hours, and days of our lives.
It wasn’t about my moods. It was about my triggers.
Good moods always felt the same, whereas bad moods always felt different—had different tastes, weights, degrees.
The only things I could control were my perceptions and reactions to the random, unpleasant circumstances.
This attachment to the past, this anxiety that arises due to fear, is the plague of womanhood.
Stop thinking about the future and fretting over the past. Anxiety was nothing more than thinking.
Women have an interesting relationship to pain. We’re born expecting it, live in anticipation of it, accepting the blows, the cramps, the labor pains as they arise. Yet when it comes to pain outside of the body, pain in the form of betrayals, embarrassment, and losses, we fear it with childish trepidation.
When you accept the inevitability of the pain and discomfort that the future holds, you can let go of the fear of uncertainty.
Over time, the future became easier to reconcile with. All it was, I realized, was an idea. An idea of how things could go.
If we can see the past as funny and the future as inevitable, then the last milestone of anxiety, our mood, is how we see stress.
By viewing stress as a challenge, rather than a threat, you can maintain your telomeres and live a longer, healthier life.
By putting into the universe blessings for others, I was increasing the good energy around me. I was turning negatives into positives. Turning the feeling of ugliness, inadequacy, and shame into beauty.
You’re not pretty like her, you’re pretty like you.
Worry, I noticed, was a choice.
Ego depletion is the crux of most women’s irrational behavior
If depletion was the mood, the solution was knowing how to refill the tank.
When we say things will be better in the morning, it’s because sleep is one of the psychologically proven ways to restore willpower.
Taking the time to indulge in moments of pleasure is not selfish, it’s restorative.
If depletion is what creates the mood after work, Sunday Scaries are what create the mood before it.
How you go through your life is shaped by how you think about things. The mind is as strong as it is weak, and we can use its susceptibility to our advantage.
The opposite of work is play, and if we can learn to add more play into our lives, to stop taking every email, obstacle, and problem so seriously, we may just be at the cornerstone of chill.
Replace “Calm down” with “I’m excited.” Replace “I don’t want to” with “I get to.” Replace “I’m scared” with “I’m pumped.”
It’s impossible to be happy all the time, however. No one should ever aim for that goal. Instead, we should aim to love ourselves all the time. Because unlike happiness, self-love isn’t fleeting, yet like happiness, it attracts and emanates good energy.
Self-love is really just less self-judgment. Less overanalyzing, less negative self-talk.
Definite links have been found between an unbalanced gut microbiota and depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Life isn’t fair, but there’s always justice somewhere if you’re willing to look for it.
If it feels like everything is broken, like your life isn’t going anywhere, like the threads and shards of the dream are no longer visible, remember that it’s supposed to be this way.
Sometime, very soon, your moment will come. Just keep up the energy to look out for it.It’s a universal rule that the moment you stop worrying and accept where you are and what you’re doing, everything changes.
The rhythm of life wasn’t a steady line of upward momentum—we’d blaze out if it were. Instead, we get moments. Bursts of magic. Bolts of luck and change and opportunity.
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