A bad mood is an uncontrollable force, and It is a psychological state that can be adjusted. Sure, sometimes you can get up on the wrong side of the bed, or a nuance early in the day, before you have even wiped the sleep from your eyelids, can throw you off balance causing you to spiral into a moody haze.
Bad moods happen. When they do, you should be quick to shake them off. There is no need to spend the whole day, or the entire week, in a bad mood. Here are 17 ways to help you recover from a bad mood:
1. Find the cause of your bad mood
The poor mental condition and physical fatigue can cause a bad mood. These include lack of sleep, poor diet, lack of daylight or lack of exercise. If any of these causes apply, you can tackle the bad mood directly.
You can plan a nap or power nap, go jogging, sit in the park and soak up the sunlight or grab a salad instead of a pizza. Sometimes it is enough for the body to do something right to recover from a bad mood.
2. Listen to some music that you love
Music directly affects your emotional state, and so the clever use of it can bring about almost immediate improvements in your mood. You have your musical preferences and your responses to certain types of music.
You may find that some excellent rock music helps you rattle the anger out, or you need some beautiful soothing orchestral music to wind down and ease the tension.
You have to find out for yourself, but with the right music, you will soon drift off and forget all about your mood.
3. Go for a jog
Using your body can lift you out of a bad mood because it releases natural endorphins in response to the exertion. You can sweat out your bad mood by taking a jog, or a brisk walk, or a swim, or whatever form of exercise you prefer.
The fresh air will help to clear your mind too.
4. Take it out on the punchbag
Do you remember stress balls? What a great invention they are. They are foam balls that are incredibly satisfying to squeeze with a tight, angry, fist. They can be abused, and they spring back into place to await more abuse. Eventually, squeezing them relieves stress.
A punchbag also works in the same way. If you feel angry or annoyed, then you can go mental on a punchbag until you feel relieved of all negativity. You can even employ your own visualizations if you want; the punchbag can be whatever or whoever you want it to be!
5. Change your environment
Sometimes all that is needed to lift your mood is a change of environment. Often, events and the moods that follow them become associated with the place where you are, as if the room holds the powerful vibrations of your mood.
Move to a different room, a separate building, or a peaceful place outside while you come back to your usual self. Let the air clear.
6. Ask for the meaning
Consider whether it gives you the advantage to be in a bad mood. Will the cause of your mood be undone or improved?
It’s just a state that does not give you any benefit. So, in the time you are freaking out or in a bad mood, you could be much better at solving the problem.
7. Take a deep breath
When you are upset, and in a bad mood, it is often best to take a little respite. You could do this alone if you prefer. All that is important is you remove yourself from the stressor and just relax.
Take big deep breaths. It helps to get the oxygen flowing and to restore the body to a calmer physiological state.
8. Have a little lift
Do not overindulge and turn a bad mood into an unhealthy binge of some variety. Comfort eating/smoking/drinking is a bad idea. However, you could consider a small indulgence as a little lift.
Sometimes a little taste of something you enjoy can be enough to bring you out of a mood. Take a nice hot cup of tea, for example.
9. Spend time with pets
Spend time with your pet or hang out with your friends or loved one. Alternatively, you can visit the local animal shelter, where both humans and animals will be pleased about your visit.
Dogs and cats are very attentive observers and know how to distract us if we are in a bad mood.
10. Resolve An Underlying Issue
If something specific has caused your bad mood, then you may need to resolve an issue, and this can sometimes be the only way to bring yourself back to a genuinely positive place.
It might be as simple as talking to someone. It could be expressing your feelings, confronting a person, or motivating yourself to get a job, or move house. If there is an underlying issue, then be prepared to solve it before your bad mood ever shifts.
If you have good friends, and you have not abused your relationship with them by moaning always, then you may be able to vent your frustrations to a loved one. Sometimes you need to get it all out, and people who know you well will be happy to lend you an ear.
You can let out your anger and frustration and then as if by magic, you will feel miraculously cured of your bad mood. Good job, because you owe your friend some positive vibes now!
12. Do Something You Enjoy
There is no point wallowing in your self-pity; that is how a bad mood turns into something much worse. Instead, you should get up, get out, and go and do something that you enjoy.
You could phone a friend, meet them for some food or a drink, play some tennis, or whatever it is that you know will lift you into a good mood again.
13. Eat something tasty
Tasty food immediately affects several sensory organs, taste, smell, appearance, and thus raises the mood very quickly. But the most important thing is not to overdo these things and not to develop addiction so that you become overweight based on stress.
14. Practice Laughter
Laughter is the best medicine. That’s why it’s essential not to take this bad mood so seriously. See it with humor, because laughing reduces the release of stress hormones. Laughter is a great way to turn your bad mood into a good mood.
The next time you’re in a bad mood, call a friend and talk about something funny, joyful or exciting. Even watching a funny Youtube video can quickly improve the mood.
15. Let yourself be distracted
If you leave more from home, you will also be exposing yourself to more environments with many potential distractions, and that is good. Letting something drag your attention will cause you to break with the line of thoughts that lead you to the bad mood.
If these distractions are frequent and more or less durable, you will break this loop in which you have been trapped.
16. Develop a routine of breaking a low or negative mood.
It could be something as “stupid” as speaking with a different accent, imitating the comedian on duty or spending a few minutes a day with the family. It will help to relax and invert the negative dynamics of our emotions, being able to control them.
17. Deal annoying and frustrating things with humor.
It is normal to get angry at first if you get a car splash or step on dog poop, but we can practice finding a way to laugh with the little annoyances of life.
An excellent way to do it is to think that it has happened to another person, someone you admire a lot or who you do not like.
Follow these tips to recover from a bad mood. Which tips do you find most useful? Or share with us if you have other ways or suggestions to improve from a bad mood.