7 Easy Ways To Turn A Bad Mood Into A Better One In Minutes
The “why” is irrelevant; you’re in a bad mood. Maybe even a fowl one. Let’s let go of the reason for your emotional state and figure out what we can do in the here and now to ensure you’re feeling tops again. The best part of these seven tips? They all take a matter of minutes, no heavy lifting required.
#1 Smile like you mean it
Did you know that the mere act of smiling actually releases endorphins and serotonin? It’s true. By showing those pearly whites, you’re telling your brain that you’re happy. There’s even such a thing as smile therapy! Research found that aside from releasing chemicals that make us happier, smiling relieves stress, boosts your immune system and lowers your blood pressure. So go on, fake it ’til you make because that fake smile will definitely become genuine.
#2 Write it down
Catharsis is therapeutic. By getting your bad mood out of your head and onto a page you’re externalising bad feelings so that you can look at things objectively, in the same way you would if a friend came to you with a problem. Make a list of all the things you need to do to feel calm or make yourself feel better, and when you’re in a better place, you could also take the time to reflect on your mood in writing.
#3 Walk away
Get off your bum and into the world! The sheer act of distancing yourself from your immediate surroundings will cause you to feel like you’re also leaving your bad mood behind. Plus, nature is scientifically proven to elevate our mood. Pop on some fun music, and get moving. As you do, visualise all the negative feelings dissipating and being replaced by positive ones.
#4 Get social
Have a chat, a wine, or a block of chocolate with some friends – but the point here isn’t about the food so much as making sure you surround yourself with good people. It also never hurts having something to look forward to, so plan a catch up. Get all your friends together, figure out something fun to do and keep the distraction of planning at the fore until your friends can provide some IRL love and support.
#5 Guilt-free, down-home comfort
Make yourself a huge bowl of delicious, creamy pasta* and veg out. Cook yourself your go-to comfort meal. Looking up the recipe will distract you from your bad mood, focus your angry on something fun, and the payoff will be delicious.
*whatever your respective and proverbial “bowl of pasta” food may be
#6 Touch yourself
No, not like that! The power of human touch has been proven to alleviate stress and lift your mood. Stroke your own arms, pop your hand over your heart or gently massage your head and ears to calm yourself down and cheer yourself up.
#7 Puppy pic power
Images can have a super powerful effect on our emotions. When you’re down in the dumps, make sure you’re not feeding into the negativity but instead try and surround yourself with things that make you smile. For some it might be a pic of a field of flowers, for others it’s their children, for the internet it’s puppies. Always puppies.
But if your bad mood isn’t just a mood and you think you might need extra help or someone to talk to, never hesitate to seek it out.
If you need help or support urgently, head straight to the nearest hospital or call Lifeline on 13 11 14. You can also contact Headspace on 1800 650 890, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
[h/t: Career Girl Daily]
Esther is a freelance writer, editor, publicist, content maker and dog patter. She has written for Interview Magazine, New York Press, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and local titles Broadsheet, Beat and Tone Deaf. Please tag her in photos of dogs @esthersaurus