Can allergies affect your mood?
You bet they can!
For a start, they can lead the negative basic emotions such as anger. They can also lead to depression, mood swings, irritability, lack of motivation, frustration, and a general deterioration of emotional health and well-being.
Choose a negative emotion, and there is a good chance that allergies can cause it or make it worse.
The purpose of this article is not so that you can blame your bad mood or social faux paus on your allergies. What I hope might be possible for you is that if you find there is a connection between allergies and your mood, that you will address your allergies and improve your mood.
Another way of looking at this is that if you do find that your mood chronically needs improving, maybe you should look at allergies and sensitivities as one possible cause.
Knowing the cause may also help you deal with your mood directly. If you discover that your bad moods are caused by eating gluten for example, and you find you have inadvertently eaten some, you can develop the mental capacity to put yourself in a more positive mental outlook (or at least a less negative one) until the symptoms pass.
Since mood and emotions are closely linked, if not a different way of looking at the same thing, it stands to reason that your emotional balance can be severely affected by allergic symptoms.
Allergies and Decision Making
Since mood can affect your judgment and ability to make decisions, allergy symptoms can cause poor decision making, or indecisiveness.
When I feel under the weather, I put off all important decisions if at all possible. This is not procrastination. It is a strategy that allows me to recover to a state where I can make sound decisions. I recommend this to anyone, no matter what the cause of your bad mood.
How do allergies affect your mood? Please leave a comment! You could also explain what you do to improve your mood – that would be really helpful for other readers.