The 10 Best Ways to Stop a Bad Mood

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I hate being in a bad mood. I especially hate it when I don’t have something to point to. I simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Being in a bad mood, with or without a reason, is really unsettling for me. I would imagine that it is unsettling for everyone. I mean, who likes to be in a bad mood?

This is how a bad mood looks on me:

  • Silence followed by barking at anyone who talks to me
  • defensiveness
  • the feeling of hating everything and everyone
  • Feeling of doom, like nothing is ever going to work out.

Not pretty.

Recently, I have decided to take charge of my bad moods. After all, I don’t have to sit in discomfort if I don’t want to, right? Bad moods are like bad boyfriends. They come around sporadically, leaving a wake of despair before they ghost you for another week.

Any boyfriends I had like that in my past quickly became ex-boyfriends. This got me thinking.

If I can break up with a person, I can break up with an emotion.

I don’t want to sugar coat it. Changing your mindset when you are in a bad mindset is hard work. That’s why I decided to think of things that I can do when I’m in a bad mood, before I’m in a bad mood, and I want to pass them along.

10 Things to Do if You Are in a Bad Mood

 

 

  1. Make your outside appearance nice. Looking good on the outside does psychological tricks to how we feel on the inside.
  2. Exercise. Nothing like some endorphins to increase that serotonin level.
  3. Get outside. Vitamin D is proven to help boost our mood. Get out there and enjoy the sun
  4. Journal. Write down what you are thankful for. Thinking of things that make you happy will help to get you out of your funk
  5. Talk to a friend. Talking to other people builds connection, and gets us out of our wallowing state. Plus, a healthy dose of venting can be good. Just don’t fixate on what is angering you.
  6. Take a nap. Did you get a good night’s sleep last night? Sleep deprivation can cause bad moods. Get in 20 minutes of shut-eye
  7. Color. Coloring is not just for children. It ignites parts of our brain that goes underutilized and helps us to feel calm.
  8. Smile. I know, this one is hard. But smiling tells our brain that we are happy. Couple your smile with one positive thought to help.
  9. Breathe. Breathing intentionally and slowly will calm your body and mind, helping you to think clearly and feel more peaceful.
  10. Eat. Sometimes a bad mood is worsened because we have an empty stomach. Eat something healthy.

 

 

 

 

So stop giving into your bad mood and work the strategies to help turn that frown upside down. Take small steps, maybe one strategy at a time. It will take practice to change the habit of giving in to a bad mood, but it is worth it. You are worth the effort it takes to live an empowered life.

Monica Pitek-Fugedi
monica@mindgal.com

 

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