We’ve all been there. You wake up feeling grouchy, get a frustrating start to the day, the stage seems to be set. Today is going to suck. Your nerves are shot and your attitude is terrible. The day gets more irritating as you go on, and by the end of it, you are ready to run screaming from your life. Everyone has those days from time to time. Bad moods happen. With a little work, you can shift that bad mood into something better, before your day disintegrates into a big mess.
1- Awareness is more than half of the battle. What is actually going on inside of you? Are you worried, anxious or full of dread? Are you avoiding situations that scare you? What can you do to fix that? Face the situations that are contributing to this rotten mood. You will feel a bit better by getting extra weight off of your shoulders.
2- Check in with your body. Are you sick or in pain? Are you simply exhausted? A bad mood is frequently a cover for a physical issue. Address any physical symptoms that you are having. You were not born to suffer, after all.
3- I am a big fan of positive affirmations to help quiet negative self-talk and shift unpleasant energy. Louise Hay is the master of positive affirmations and her resources can be very helpful. I also feel like we can certainly be the masters of our own positive affirmations. Look at positive affirmations like a very strong blessing for you. Some guidelines for positive affirmations are that they contain positive words only, they are no more than three sentences long, and that they are written down and placed in places where you will remember to repeat them. They are usually written in first person. Positive affirmations should be repeated over and over again to continually shift your vibration into a more positive place. In case of a bad mood, try an affirmation like “I am having a great day. My life is filled with wonderful people and amazing opportunities.” or “I am exactly who I am supposed to be. All is well in my world.”
4- Some quick and simple hydrotherapy works wonders to shift your energy. Try running your hands under cold water for 60 seconds or so, allowing your bad mood to run down the sink with the water. The cold shocks your system, making way for a shift, and the water carries away the debris.
5- Move that body! Your brain is hanging out, just waiting to give you a big dose of endorphins. According to Penn State, all you need is 20 minutes of activity to give you a nice boost. Take a walk, turn up the radio and dance, swim, do yoga or Tai Chi, or even take a run (if you are into that sort of thing). It is amazing how much 20 minutes of exercise lights up your brain.
6- Take a break with a good book or magazine. Sometimes you just need to escape for a little while to NeverNever Land. It is good for your brain to focus on something other than worry.
7- Sniff essential oils. Aromatherapy can be a huge help in shapeshifting back into a reasonable human being. My favorite mood blend is Bergamot, Peppermint and Rosemary. You may also benefit from Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange, Ylang Ylang or Roman Chamomile. You can diffuse or wear essential oils to help you feel better.
8- Take a look around, and throw yourself into service. One of the quickest ways that I know to beat a bad mood is to help someone else. A smile, hello or sincere compliment will make someone’s day. A random act of kindness will make your day too. Send out a few notes to people that may need a boost. Give some gratitude to those who inspire you.
The only wrong answer to a bad mood is inaction. There is too much magic in the world to allow yourself to sink into a pit of misery if you can do something about it. Give one or two of my suggestions a try, or create your own action plan. Before you know it, you will be back in the driver’s seat of your life!