I don’t think anyone gets out of this life without times when they feel low on energy, high on stress, or just not ready to face the world. The good news is that you don’t have to let a bad mood control or disempower you. At least, not before trying these Bad Mood Busters:
Move Your Body: Have you ever noticed that it is easier to feel confident when you stand up straight or wear high heels? When you change your physiology, you can change your bad mood. If you feel tired or depressed, try dancing, or jumping, or running. Stressed? Slow your body down and guide it into deep breathing. You may be surprised how quickly your mood changes.
Smile or Laugh: Brain scans show that when you smile mood boosting chemicals are released into your brain. This even works if you have to fake it at first. Laughter can do the same thing. This gives you the perfect excuse to spend time watching those cute little animal videos online. Cultivate a habit of seeking joyful things and surrounding yourself with what makes you smile and you will spend less time feeling bad.
Mind Your Words: Chances are you are telling yourself stories that support your bad mood or letting your mind call you names and be a bully. Pay close attention to the words in your head and when the negative ones come up, simply replace them with more positive thoughts. You can change the channel your mind is tuned into. It may feel challenging at first, but when you are persistent, those yucky thoughts will eventually give up and go away.
Do Something Different: If what you are doing or focusing on is not working for you, do something else. Take a break. Go for a walk. Work on a different project. Stop watching TV or listening to the news. Switching things up will help you get out of the mood rut you have settled into and invite new energy in.
Breathe in Love and Gratitude: Find a quiet place where you have some privacy. Take a few moments to breathe deeply and visualize the breath coming in and out of your heart. Next, think of someone or something you love (babies and pets work well) and let that loving feeling come into your heart with each breath. Continue this relaxed, love filled breathing as long as you want and then take a moment to focus on all of the blessings in your life. It’s really hard to be in a bad mood after doing this.
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