We’ve all been there.
You don’t feel well. You’re tired.
You haven’t eaten enough or you’ve eaten too much.
Maybe you’ve had too much caffeine or not enough.
You’re irritable. You’re frustrated.
Nothing is going right. Your mind starts to compound the problem by thinking of everything else in your life that is less than perfect.
Sometimes there isn’t a reason at all. You’re just in a bad mood.
When this happens it’s easy to give in and live out your day in negativity. However, doing that will only ensure that more negativity will find you. It’s a vicious cycle.
Instead, give one of the suggestions below a try. Shifting your focus onto something else will help change your mindset and just may make you feel better.
Here are some things that I like to do when I’m in a bad mood.
#1 – Exercise.
It may sound cheesy, but exercise really is great therapy. You can channel all of your emotions in a healthy, productive way. The best part? When you’ve finished the workout, you feel better.
Dance Cardio or Zumba – A little music and a whole lot of dancing makes for a great mood boost! I love dance cardio because it’s driving and intense. I start to feel strong and powerful as I lose myself in the moves and music. Zumba is Latin inspired and so much fun! The upbeat music will leave you in a much better mood when you’re finished.
My favorite dance cardio workout from Tracy Anderson. Dance Cardio
HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training is a perfect way to get rid of a bad mood. It requires focus and it doesn’t take long to feel the effects. There are many good HIIT workouts available on YouTube. This is one of my favorites from Reed’s Wellness and Fitness Training.
Yoga – This is my go-to for any emotion. Yoga is powerful and will help transform any mood. I love Yoga with Adriene. She is quirky, relatable, and makes Yoga enjoyable! Here are a few of my favorite Yoga with Adriene videos.
Pinterest is an amazing resource for just about anything. When I’m stuck in a rut or in a bad mood, I love logging in and looking at humorous pins. Laughter is the best medicine. It always puts me in a better mood. For laughter and light – heartedness click here.
It’s also great if you are looking for a little inspiration or gratitude ideas. Sometimes we all need a little reminder to be grateful for the people who are in our lives and the things that we have. For inspiration click here.
There are times when you just need to sit down and escape into a different world for awhile. Watching a movie is really great for getting out of your head for a couple of hours. It doesn’t take a lot of effort or energy to pop a movie in, sit back, and relax. Maybe enjoy a hot cup of tea and a snack. By the time your movie is done, you should be in a much better mood.
Reading is one of my favorite activities. It’s another great way to just get out of your own head, escape into a different world, and become someone else for a short amount of time – all without leaving your house. Pick up a trashy novel or something thought -provoking. Maybe read one of your favorite magazines. Taking just 30 minutes to read can significantly improve your mood.
#5 Bubble Bath.
Why not take that book or magazine into a hot, steamy bubble bath? This is one of the best ways to transform your mood! I like adding Epsom Salt to my bath, especially for sore, achy muscles. This is perfect for when you don’t feel well, if you have the Winter Blues, or you’re just feeling blah.
Five minutes of focused breathing can really transform your mood and your mind. This is the best option if you are at work or in a public setting. Sit in your car or at your desk and close your eyes. Focus on your breath. Inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, and exhale for a count of 4. Just a few minutes of this is so calming. You can incorporate an Ujjayi breath. If mantras are your thing, you can include one to help set you back on the right path.
These are my favorite ways to help get out of a bad mood. What are yours? Share them with me in the comments.
*Food for Thought*
I am in charge of my own happiness. – This is a powerful statement.
It can be hard to hear, especially when you are really upset. But it is also empowering. You have the control. Maybe not over circumstances, but certainly over your reaction and your attitude.
The mind is everything. What you think, you become. – Buddha
Mindfulness – Feelings follow thoughts. When you are in a negative thought pattern, you don’t feel good. Everything around you becomes negative and it gets really difficult to find anything positive. It becomes a vicious cycle.
It can be incredibly challenging, but you have to change your thought pattern. Find something to be happy about – find something to be grateful for – something as simple as the sun shining outside. The birds chirping. Another day of life. A cup of coffee. One positive thought can transform your day.
I hope this post helps you. Have a great week friends!