First, have you ever wondered what causes you to be in a bad mood?
A bad mood can really change how our whole day unfolds. Why do we get bad moods, and can we do anything about it?
Of course, there are many (and a wide range) of triggers that can put us into a low mood.
Here are a few things to note:
Psychologists believe that bad mood originates due to ego depletion.
The result? You feel drained and cranky all day.
A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that being in a bad mood can greatly change your perception of the world.
Researchers found that being in a bad mood gives you a sense of tunnel vision.
This is an interesting thing to remember, before you act under such stress.
Essentially, a brighter mood helps you to see a wider view of your surroundings.
Now that we've looked at some scientific insights and why we are in a bad mood sometimes, let's look at how to handle it.
Here are some SIMPLE bad mood busters, that you can do easily to relieve yourself of negative feelings and stress.
There is something remarkably connected with cute animals and happiness.
If you have a pet, cuddle/ play with your pet. If you are an animal person, a friendly furry creature can instantly brighten up your day.
If you don't have a pet, that's OK. Pictures of baby elephants and such on google, will generally evoke an ounce of joy.
Rejection seems to be a feeling that's linked with too much social media usage. One way or another, it just seems that spending a really long time on social media sites makes us feel left out or excluded.
This is enough attract a bad mood.
A great way to overcome a bad mood is to just disconnect. No matter what you may be doing, find a moment to disconnect, and leave, for a while.
This is an obvious but often neglected way to overcome a bad mood.
Maybe you are just exhausted.
It's not just babies that get cranky when they're tired.
Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine points out that if you get a low level of sleep for 7 days, it can increase feelings of mental exhaustion, anger and sadness.
How to start feeling good?
Think about All of the Good Things in Your Life!
Many times, the force you need to turn that frown "upside down", is right within you.
Count your blessings, and you are likely to start smiling at yourself for the achievements and gifts that make you feel good.
Like we said before, a bad mood can often be caused by the way we feel about ourselves.
Yes its true, some days we wake up just feeling bad about ourselves, for no apparent reason.
When your self esteem is in a slump, do something that makes you feel good about yourself.
Making the effort to change little things like this will make such a difference and make you feel like you've got more control of your life. It will increase your feelings of self-worth and boost that confidence.
Workaholics don't just set themselves up for poorer physical health, but mental health too.
Though you might be overworking due to circumstances out of your control, there are a few steps you can take to avoid feeling constantly low.
Have you seen the sunlight today?
Always make time to meditate, and rest up for the next day.
Have a face to face conversation with someone you love over breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Connect with another human.
It can be as simple as sending them a funny message or asking them about their day.
Don't neglect your emotional/social needs. Overcome a bad mood by talking to someone who always makes you smile, and have a genuine connection with them.
Engage in creative, positive work that you love doing.
What's a better way to boost your mood than to get on with a task you know you do well?
It's a good way to get the creative juices flowing, and beat the bad mood.
At first, it may seem slow and stiff, but as you immerse yourself in your hobby - you will see your mood start to change.
After all, the same "narrow, alert focus" that a bad mood brings, can actually help when it comes to paying attention to a complex, creative activity.
Many people actually say that expressing sad emotions eventually helps to make way for more positive ones.
By the time you are exhausted from crying, you may even feel better.
Sometimes it is all we need to move on.
Studies indicate that even a posed smile will physiologically elicit the same happiness response as a genuine smile.
So next time you are in a bad mood, instead of frowning - consider smiling.
Research has shown that by doing so, you are likely to experience a more positive mood.
Ha! When you're moody and someone tries to force you to smile, they are actually helping you out.
Music can trigger the release of dopamine into your brain.
In fact, even listening to the first few seconds of a song you really like can totally change your mood, as it makes you feel happy and that much more alive.
Play enjoyable tunes to get over a bad day at work or school.
It's a quick and simple solution, that may even result in a little bit of dancing.
Need I say more?
Let's be honest, when you're in a bad mood, you may just want some pizza or pieces of your favourite chocolate.
And yes! You are allowed to treat yourself every now and again.
Again, grab a good movie, a blanket, and some warm socks.
The bad mood will be history.
(but hey, also remember to regularly eat your veggies because this too can have an impact on your mental well-being.)
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