I think it is a fact of life that every once in a while we find ourselves in a bad mood. Sometimes we know why we are in a bad mood, and other times the reason may not be an evident reason at all. Even though we can all certainly experience times like this, it doesn’t mean we have to be stuck in them. Bad moods are often an indication that we need to check in with our feelings and do something about them or take action to shift our energy in a more positive direction.
If you are not sure why you are in a bad mood, imagine what you would say if you were allowed a very secret few minutes to complain about anything that was going on in your life. Chances are the things that come up may be tied to how you are feeling. The good part is that once you pinpoint why you are in a bad mood you are in a better position to do something positive about it.
Sometimes when we are in a funk, the energy we give off simply attracts more negative things our way. That’s why some “bad mood” days can spiral even further downhill with problems and annoyances that appear to validate our discontent and frustration. When this happens, consider doing something nice for yourself. Enjoy your favorite beverage or snack, pick a funny movie or sitcom to watch, or just go for a walk in the park. Allowing yourself the time and opportunity to do something pleasurable (as simple as spending time in nature) is a positive step that can help break the negative energy and hopefully shift our mood.
Another way to break a bad mood is to go somewhere else. Even if all you do is to get up and make a quick trip to another part of the office or switch rooms at home, this plan of action can actually make a difference. Or better yet, go for some exercise. Exercise doesn’t just build and tone your body, it also causes the brain to release chemicals called endorphins, which help to improve your mood.
And when you’re in a bad mood, don’t forget about the people around you. If someone reaches out to you, make sure to let him or her know that you are just having a tough day and that your mood has nothing to do with them. It’s actually possible to shift your energy simply by sharing with someone the fact that you are in a bad mood.
There will be times that a day that isn’t turning out so great, but if you find yourself in a bad mood, don’t beat yourself up over it. Give these tips a try, and you might find yourself feeling better before you know it!