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Emotions comes fast & goes fast. It is also caused by immediate circumstances, whereas moods are relatively long lasting. Most of the sports are dynamic which observe a rapid change in emotion within fraction of time. Rest, music & exercise can be good mood regulation techniques and self-talk, other relaxation & activation techniques may have some results on emotional regulation. Rather than ‘Good & Bad’ mood & emotion, it is important to understand it as ‘OPTIMAL’ mood & emotional state. This level of ‘OPTIMAL’ also varies from sport to sport. It may also vary from person to person. Personally I experienced that activation of mood is easier than relaxation/ calming down.