1. Quit Feeling bad for feeling bad.
So many times I apologize for my mood, for feeling bad. But really, we CAN’T be happy ALL the time. It’s ok to experience our full range of emotions from time to time. Instead of dwelling on your bad feelings, please just allow yourself to be present in your emotions and work THROUGH them! Many times you are able to let things go and make room for a sense of peace.
2. Don’t Eat Your Feelings.
I promise, it only feels good for a moment! In my experience, shortly after I’m done eating that comfort food, guilt and shame make their way in and I end up feeling worse than when I started. It’s taken me a LONG time to remember that each time I’m tempted by that feeling of a need for comfort food, that I feel worse afterward. Now I’m able to reach for healthier food options or make a smoothie. So remember to keep your favorite healthy food options close at hand in your home, especially when bad moods strike!
3. Are you focusing on the problem, or the solution?
Sometimes it feels really good to vent to your friends and share all your troubles with them, but be sure you aren’t complaining about the same things over and over without searching for a solution. Plus, your bad mood could spill over on them, and you don’t want to be the cause of someone else’s bad mood. So instead of complaining, try and come up with ideas and steps you can take to better your mood or situation.
4. Are you avoiding the fresh air?
Go OUTSIDE! It will boost your mood almost instantly. Don’t give in to that feeling of wanting to crawl in bed and binge watch episodes of your favorite show on Netflix. Instead to out and enjoy nature! Find a local nature trail, take the kids to the park, or simply go for a walk around the block. Sunshine is nature’s antidepressant.
5. Never moving at all. Ever.
I know, I know…exercise is tough, and not fun for so many, but even if it feels like the least appealing thing to do in the entire world, DO IT ANYWAY! 5 minutes with an elevated heart rate can boost your mood for hours after. For me, taking TRX class has been a giant help for my mood. Even when I don’t want to go, I go anyway because I know how much better I will feel after it’s over! Plus my coach is really awesome about accountability. So get up and DO something, I promise it’ll be worth it to help you get out of your “blah” mood.
6. Staying in your head.
When we’re in a rough mood, we tend to focus on the bad. We go over negative situations and outcomes like a video replaying in our mine. Don’t wallow in self-pity or overanalyze past drama, start living in the here and now instead. Do activities that bring you joy: coloring, cooking, reading a good book, or doing yoga. Find what works as an outlet for your mind to release those bad emotions.