Bad moods -- we all have them from time to time. In this interesting and helpful article, a leading UK psychotherapist gives tips on how to snap out of a bad mood and feel better.
When a bad mood kicks in, you might feel like there's nothing you can do to get out of it.
Are you caught up with feelings of negativity and just can't seem to see a way out? There really are things you can do to better your mood. Although each of us is unique, and we all measure our bad moods in different ways, there are some tried and tested techniques for breaking out of a bad mood. As a result of your negative mood, it's likely you might not be open to try some of these, but give them a go anyway. Even though your heart might not be in it at first, once you get into some of these techniques, you won't be able to stay in a bad mood for long.
1. Work it out. While doing exercise when you're feeling grumpy might not seem like an attractive plan of action, it's actually one of the best things you can do. Physical activity releases endorphins, which are associated with feeling good. Not only this, but it could well help you work through some anger or feelings of aggression that have triggered your bad mood.
2. Get unplugged. Many people, when in a bad mood, waste time clicking around the Internet and on social networking sites. This generally does very little to help, but is more likely to put you in an even worse mood. Looking at social networking might affect you in a negative way because many people begin to compare what they have to others when browsing their friends' online profiles. What people share online are usually the best of the best moments, rarely a complete snapshot of their lives, but this can make you feel like your own life could never be so perfect. Do yourself a favor and turn off your computer and put down your smartphone if you're feeling down in the dumps.
3. Get out of the house. Now that you've closed your Internet down, get yourself out of the house for a period of time. Go outside and be in nature if you can. It this isn't really possible, then get out and go to one of your favorite spots where you're forced to be around other people. Maybe try a local coffee shop, restaurant, store, or park.
4. Call your friends up. Being in a bad mood usually makes us pretty antisocial, but if you surround yourself with good friends, your bad mood won't be able to stick around for long. You might find yourself faking a good mood for your friends' sake until you surprise yourself and you actually start to feel better!
5. Do something for someone else. Nothing snaps a person out of their bad mood better than a little bit of perspective. There is always someone who has it worse than you do, and if you set out to help a person in need you're guaranteed to have your own problems put into perspective in no time.
6. Laugh. Put on your favorite movie. Listen to your favorite radio show, comedian, or call up a friend who makes you laugh. Put on your favorite song and dance around your house like a crazy person. You might not feel like laughing at first, but once you start you'll find that, despite what you expected, your mood will change.