How to get back to living your best life when a bad mood sneaks up
Don’t you just loath those days? The ones when something happens during the day that just puts you in the worst of moods. It could be an event or even a person that annoyed you so much it set the stage for the rest of the day to be spent in a bad mood. Well, we want you to know that everyone gets them. We also want to let you in on a secret. There is a way to get out of them and we are going to share that information with you! You are welcome by the way.
When you are in a bad mood, try not to avoid the bad mood. This can make your bad mood creep up in your life, harming relationships and robbing you of joy. Instead try taking a moment to understand the bad mood. This is a great time for some self-reflection and body scanning. You can do this by taking a deep breath, closing your eyes, and being still. Taking a moment to sense your body and acknowledge what you are truly feeling.
Now that you have had a moment to take a deep breath and become more centered, recognition of your feelings can emerge. Remember, everyone has experienced a bad mood before, however, there is hope! The tips that you will learn here is how to get yourself out of those bad moods when they do happen.
It is also important to know that the verbal part of our mind only processes about 40 bits of information per second. While our brain processes around 11 million bits of information every second. So, the next time your mind is saying things are terrible, try and remember it is saying all of this with not much information to go from (Lewis, par. 3).
TIP#1: Bust a move!
- A way to get away from a bad mood is to dance the bad mood away with some positive and exceptionally uplifting music. By moving your body, you are moving awareness to something else (Lewis, par. 4). Which in turn will make your bad mood boogie away. Not only will you be helping your mind, you will also be helping your body. Dancing qualifies as an exercise and releases endorphins that will also encourage a positive attitude. Of course, if you rather go to the gym to increase your endorphins, we understand.
TIPS #2: Meditate
- Meditation can be a great activity that can help you slow down and become more self-ware. Focusing on your breathing, inhaling and exhaling while sitting quietly or going for a walk outside can help to slower stress, decrease blood pressure, ease anxiety, and has many other great benefits.
TIP#3: Spending time with family
- Spending time with the ones you love and the ones who make you feel most special can help boost lowered spirits. Family movie or games nights can help get rid of a bad mood. Also, if you’re a person who likes to just talk things out you can have a conversation with your partner and maybe talking can help ease those grouchy thoughts.
TIP#4: Spending time with friends
- Sometimes you just need to vent to a friend about your mood. Talking with a friend about how you are feeling can be helpful. Friends can be strong support systems for each other when mad moods or sad feelings arise. So schedule a time when you and you friend/s can get together and either talk things out or go out and treat yourselves to a nice dinner or even dancing….Remember Tip #1?
- There is an old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” This phrase could use an upgraded clause adding, “and also if you cannot say anything nice, maybe you should remove yourself from the area immediately.” Sometimes taking a time out away from others helps ease a bad mood and if nothing else, makes sure that relationships aren’t harmed. Taking a nice bubble bath, reading a book, watching a favorite movie or TV show, or even a nap is all part of self-care and can be very helpful in diminishing a bad mood.
10 ways to cheer yourself up when you’re in a bad mood. (2014, October 15). Lifehack. https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-ways-cheer-yourself-when-youre-bad-mood.html