5 ways to change your mood.

So the other day was a tough one. A day when I felt the weight of the world. Where everything felt like it was hitting me at once. I tend to have these every so often. And, typically, I don’t do the “right” thing. On this particular day, I sat around and moped and let my mood affect how I acted around my family. So I decided to sit at my desk (AKA, the end of my bed) and think of ways I could have handled that differently.
  1. Talk it out. Best thing I did that night, after a day of being mad, was call up a friend and tell her I needed to come over and vent. And vent I did. Afterwards, I felt sooo much better. If you don’t have a friend who you can just pop over to at any random time, calling/texting is the next best thing. And sometimes, I’m just not in the mood to talk to anyone, and so I just end up writing in my journal.
  2. Listen to music. I like to start with pity party music and slowly transition into happier tunes. If I listen to happy tunes right away, I just end up bitter about it. Like “stop being so happy, go away.” Oh and p.s., while you’ve got these rad tunes blasting, why not move along to number 3…
  3. Clean up. Usually when I’m in a bad place mentally, my environment reflects that. So cleaning up my immediate surroundings is an instant mood booster for me. But the trick is to tell yourself you’re only going to clean a small area, or only for 5 minutes. I don’t know about you guys, but once I start cleaning, I can’t stop, so this usually gets me going. If I think, “I have to clean this whole house”, that’s usually where my cleaning journey ends.
  4. Take a shower or a bath. Sometimes I just feel bleh and nothing is quite as cleansing and refreshing as a nice long hot shower, or bath, or anything spa/pampering like.
  5. Don’t make it all or nothing. Don’t get halfway through the day wasting it away and think to yourself, “aw man, well there goes that whole day.” Instead, remember that your day isn’t shot. Every moment is a chance for renewal. That being said, starting over the next day with the rising sun can be tempting, but the harder, and often right choice in this case would be to logically remember that you have the power to change your frame of mind and, therefore, your actions.

At the end of the day, life ebbs and flows and, sometimes, it can be a downright roller coaster. Instead of being shocked and mopey every time a rough day comes along, PREPARE! That way, when your day doesn’t go quite as you’d hoped, you have a plan in place, and after following these steps (or even better, your own customized steps), you feel a bit better, and can more easily make the switch to make the rest of your day a good and productive one.

P.S. And if you’re ever in the mood to just vent, I’m always here. Feel free to write me a message. Though, fair warning, I’m pretty infamous for my unsolicited advice 😉

All the best,

Nehama

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