Wednesday, May 23, 2018

3 Tips to Fight a Bad Mood

Do you ever have one of those days when you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Well, I've had one of those days twice in a row. It's not the best feeling but, it's also not the end of the world.

We can wake up in a bad mood for many different reasons - for me, I think I'm battling some sort of virus. The same virus that my daughter has, yet again. I swear, the sickness is never ending ever since she's been playing with other kids a few days a week at the YMCA child watch. I know this is just all a part of building up her little immune system and, I'm glad that it's happening now, in hopes that she will have to battle less this Fall when she starts preschool!

Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is one thing and, letting the bad mood continue throughout the rest of the day is another.

Yesterday morning, I had a hard time shaking my bad mood. It continued throughout a majority of the morning before I decided to do something about it. Here's the three tips I came up with to shake a bad mood and make sure it doesn't take over your entire day.

1. Don't Be Hard On Yourself

The last thing you need to do is indulge in negative self talk. Everyone has a bad day - everyone has woken up on the wrong side of the bed at some point in their life. It's just a bad day - not a bad life. Remember - this too shall pass.

2. Do Something You Love

Bad mood? It's time to fill your bucket a bit. This can be as easy as taking a break with your favorite coffee, lighting your favorite candle or, in my case, yesterday I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill. Whatever you can do reasonably within your day to fill your bucket a bit - treat yourself to it.

3. Fake It Until You Make It 

If this truly is the occasional bad mood/wake up on the wrong side of the bed situation - then you could try to just fake it until you make it! Don't feel like smiling? Smile anyway! Speak gently, even if you want to scream. Just - fake it until you are finally feeling as calm and happy as you appear to be.

However, if these feelings are more consistent and more frequent than the occasional day or two, then "fake it until you make it" may be one of the worst things you could do. If you notice you're feeling low or off for more than a couple days and can't identify the reason then, you may want to investigate further and/or seek the advice of a doctor.

Readers, do you have any other tips for fighting a bad mood? I'd say I'm asking for a friend but, you already know the truth.

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