I read a wonderful article today “How to Stop Being Influenced by Other People’s Moods”.
I was drawn to read it because it’s something that I really need to work on. I’ve always been very highly sensitive, and affected by other people’s moods.
This was particularly the case in my marriage. My ex-husband used to suffer from bad headaches, and when he did he was very cranky. And it really used to affect me. His crankiness made me feel on edge, and unable to avoid being drawn into his bad mood. And we’d both suffer.
I learnt a lot of lessons after my marriage ended, but it’s something I still struggle with. Not to be affected if people around me are stressed/angry etc.
This line from the article particularly spoke to me:
Everyone has the right to be in a bad mood if that is the way they feel, and by not feeling responsible for other people’s bad moods we give them the space to feel as they need without more negativity being directed towards them.
I’d never thought of it that way.
That by being responsible for my own mood, and maintaining my own mindfulness and “peace” that I was actually doing them a great kindness.
I personally struggle to do anything for myself, but I would do anything for anyone else.
So the idea of maintaining my own calm as a kindness to someone else appeals to me greatly.
This is a solo journey, but we share it with billions of other humans. Learning to not be thrown off by other people’s moods and emotions through mindfulness, self-awareness and gentle self-inquiry is one of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves, as well as for others.