I am not a midwife, nor anything medical (although I DO work for a Medical company) but many of my friends are expecting their little buns at various stages in the year.
Because of this, a lot of the conversations I have with them tend to lead to their fluctuating hormones and subsequently how it affects the others in their lives.
This got me thinking. As much as I am a little bt more in control of my hormones than I was when I was pregnant with my little bundles, there are certain things that do affect my mood. Here I go:
This has to be top of my list as its the place where I spend the most time.
I can be in the best of moods when I awake, but all it can take is to open that first email on Monday morning to alter that in a click of a mouse.
Its not that I dislike my job. Quite the opposite. I am lucky that I am in profession which is both creative, administrative, managerial and responsible. This keeps things pretty varied but I am also a control freak (my words, if anyone else says this I flip!) so if my carefully laid out plan for the day does change direction for whatever reason, this annoys me. But this is also how it tends to work in Marketing.
I love my family. They are what inspire me, drive me, love me and support me. They also happen to drive me crazy sometimes.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter, will often see my tweets of dispair when I get in from work and spend the ENTIRE time (pre bedtime that is) disciplining the kids. As with work, I can have a brilliant day, and look forward to sharing that with my children and hearing about their day. Then I will walk through the door and see one sat on the naughty chair, and the other sobbing in the corner after yet another fight and I physically deflate.
This can work in the opposite way of course. Skulking through the door after a day from hell, I am faced with two gorgeous little cherubs who excidedly fight for my attention to tell me about their day. It moments like these that I know the reason why I go to work and this makes me happy.
I am lucky that on the whole, I love driving. The huband and I often bicker before a long journey as to who will be the one to drive. He often wins because he is a bad passenger and gets bored easily. But this is fine as I can happily read, tweet and sing along with the kids to keep occupied.
But whilst in the car alone, I am in my element. The radio is on (loud) and I am happy to drive wherever as long as I have a good radio show and good traffic.
Then it will happen. The sea of brake lights ahead on the motorway. A lollipop lady (oh thats a WHOLE new blog post..!). A push bike too far out in the road or old ladies gossiping at a zebra crossing. Thats my mood changed.
So aside from hormones, there are things that affect my mood on a daily basis. What most affects yours?