We offer specific tools and practices to calm an Agitated
Mood. Read about your subtype below, then choose the tools and practices you'd like to use on your pathway to joy.
Though less common than the anxious sub-type, an increasing number of people suffer from states of agitation and irritability. This is likely a result, at least in part, of non-stop stress and fast-paced lifestyles, compounded by the stimulants used to fuel them: caffeine, energy drinks, sweeteners (either sugar or artificial), and drugs of all types. There may also be a genetic component to feelings of agitation and irritability. For example, if you are experiencing agitated mood, there may be bipolar illness somewhere in your family, or perhaps you have an aunt, uncle, or grandparent with a notoriously short fuse or a substance abuse problem.
Agitation can be easily overlooked because people don’t usually describe their mood as “agitated.” They simply see themselves as anxious or depressed. A closer look, however, will show that, if you are experiencing an agitated mood, instead of feeling sad, there is a degree of edginess to your mood. When you say you feel “bad”, you actually mean you feel angry, irritable, or aggressive. You might be highly critical and judgmental of yourself and others. There may be a degree of compulsive behavior or rumination in thinking. Or you may simply feel so stressed that you cannot calm your mind or soothe your emotions, leaving you feeling constantly upset or overwhelmed.
The agitated mind is on overdrive due to an imbalance of the adrenal stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) and/or the brain’s stress hormones, (norepinephrine and dopamine). None of these are bad or harmful chemicals in their own right. They only become so when out of balance. These chemicals may become too stimulating themselves, or your system may lack calming influences from chemicals like serotonin and GABA.
There are many things you can do to boost your resilience in the face of stress. And there are many strategies that can help you balance your subtype and calm the Agitated Mood. See below key tools to help you reclaim your joy.
This website is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Join Dr. Emmons as he walks you through natural and mindfulness approaches to balance your subtype and reclaim your calm. This self-guided program allows you to move at your own pace, but is also complemented by a community group space. This space offers fresh monthly content and conversations to enrich your journey. Sign up for the waitlist to learn more and receive special early and discounted access when the program launches in Fall 2019.