Yup, bad moods can creep in even in the best of times. Don’t let one spoil your day. Here’s how to steer it away.
Accept how you feel, don’t fight it
Contrary to what many would say, I’ve found it’s OK to rant—to your mirror that is. Set the timer for 10 minutes of soulful yelling and then STOP.
Have compassion for yourself
Too often, we judge ourselves when we don’t feel right. You’re entitled to feel blah at times. It could be that a friend disappointed you or maybe you really wanted to see a movie, but you’re on a tight budget. Yes, your life may not be exactly where you would like for it to be—but it won’t be like that forever.
Watch the company you keep
Stay clear of negative people. When you’re feeling down, you’ll only feel worse if you hang around people who complain about the half-empty glass. It can be better to spend time alone, doing something special for yourself. Or call up that nurturing friend you’ve been meaning to contact.
Act as if you are feeling better
This may sound cliché … but it really works. Even if negative mind-talk keeps running tapes in your head, take positive actions anyway. Do the opposite of what your mad mind chatter is telling you to do.
Don’t exaggerate what is going on
Just like there are clouds in the sky that gradually float away, your dark mood will also leave if you avoid judging yourself harshly.
Bad moods are a part of life, they come and go. You have the power to get rid of them quickly.