How the moon can affect your mood (without you even realising)

Feeling overwhelmed? It could be that full moon...

9/18/2021 12:25:00 AM

Feeling overwhelmed? It could be that full moon...

Feeling overwhelmed? It could be that full moon...

. Binding suggests that it’s also the ideal time for meditation."At this point, the sun and moon are on the same side as the earth, so they aren’t opposing each other, nor causing feelings of tension. At this stage of the cycle, you will feel calm yet motivated for the cycle ahead."

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Waxing Crescent (typically lasts 7 days)The week leading up to the first quarter moon is the time for intentions and goals, making it the perfect time to begin work on your plans for the month ahead. So, it’s a great time to start anew exercise routine

or *finally* book that dentist appointment. Binding explains that you’ll have a positive mindset for the week ahead."During this week you will be more likely to feel excited and really keen to get stuck in and really deliver on your intentions."

Getty ImagesFirst-Quarter MoonUh oh. The first-quarter moon is where you might start feeling a bit worse for wear."The first-quarter moon often means that you will start to feel resistance and frustration. You may even start to feel impatient, especially if you’ve set some goals that haven’t quite come into fruition yet." Binding suggests that the first-quarter moon is the perfect time for a little bit of

. So, curl up in bed unapologetically, this is not the week for big decisions.Waxing Gibbous (typically lasts 5 days)"After the resistance and frustration of the first quarter, the themes surrounding the waxing gibbous period are those of adjustment, refining and editing," Binding shares. OK, so, this is a good time to rework goals that were maybe a little too ambitious. Promised you’d cut the caffeine? Now is a great time to acknowledge that actually, a latte once in a while might be exactly what you need.

Full MoonThe full moon is a time of BIG emotions. You might find yourself feeling overwhelmed and a bit snappier than usual. The full moon also signals a few sleep changes, so you may find yourself lying awake at night or not sleeping as deeply as usual. And, we all know the impact that a

sleepless nighthas on us..."This phase tests us, as we have the option of giving in to the feelings of anger and losing focus, or work through them and keep focusing on our goal," says Binding."Although it is hard to work through frustrations, and it can feel easier to just give up, remember these feelings

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willpass." So, don’t be too hard on yourself – and feel free to blame it on the moon.Waning Gibbous (typically lasts 5 days)OK. Breathe. We’re in the waning gibbous phase."After the tension of the full moon, during the waning gibbous you will find yourself begin to loosen up," details Binding."You may also find yourself beginning to reap the benefits of the work you have made towards achieving your intentions." She also explains that the waning gibbous moon phase can make us feel more open to sharing. So, text your pals, it’s the ideal time for a catch-up.

This content is imported from {embed-name}. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.Third-Quarter MoonThe third-quarter moon is time to go all Marie Kondo on yourself."As the moon is gradually decreasing in size, you will want to rid yourself of any grudges or resentful feelings, especially from the harder points of the month. Feelings of cleanliness will be strong here too, as you’ll want to physically and emotionally purge the negativity from your life," says Binding. Tackle your kitchen drawers, a messy bedroom or even just your diary, the third-quarter moon is a good time for a clear out.

Waning Crescent (7 days)The waning crescent means one thing: early nights."With the final stretch of this lunar cycle, you will feel exhausted by the past month and want to unwind as the new moon approaches," notes Binding. As you reflect on the cycle, you may feel thoughtful and start to consider what you did well and what you could have done better."Embrace these feelings, as they will bode you well in the next moon cycle; each cycle is a chance to learn and grow." This is a time of reflection, so settle in for some serious

and remember that there’s a new moon on its way. Read more: Cosmopolitan UK »

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