5 ways to overcome a bad mood

Being in a bad mood is a natural part of the rollercoaster of a human experience.

However, when you have those feelings of anger, sadness, hurt or irritability, it can feel like you're in the middle of a storm.

Well, you are. You're actually in the middle of a thought storm.

Your thinking, at that moment, is like a low-pressure front moving across a weather map. You can't do anything to control it, but you can manage your reaction. You also need to remember, that like all weather storms, it will pass and fresh weather will be along shortly.

So how can you cope with those turbulent feelings of a bad mood?

  • Separate yourself from those inner voices. If you look back to when your mood changed, you'll probably realise that it was when your thoughts started telling you negative things about what was happening. So it's not just the circumstances that are causing your bad mood, but the story your inner voice is telling you about them. If you can, separate yourself from those thoughts by ignoring them, not engaging with them and not believing them. Then the feelings they cause will dampen down.
  • Try not to take it personally. If your bad mood is the result of someone else's behaviour or words. Then try to take yourself out of the situation and think about how the other person must be struggling. For them to be behaving this way, their thinking must be very stormy and uncomfortable. If you can respond to them neutrally or with compassion, it will help your mood.
  • Slow down. A bad mood is generally very energetic, your mind is whirling and overthinking. Slowing down will help you to see any problems with more clarity. You could try breathing exercises, mindfulness or meditation to help.
  • Exercise. It's common knowledge, that regular exercise releases endorphins, which boost your mood. But, you don't have to be a gym bunny, any form of gentle exercise will help.
  • Do something you enjoy. This sounds obvious, but a lot of people when they're in a bad mood will sit and stew on it. Instead watch a nature programme, phone a friend etc. Even if you don't think it'll help, once you've started, you'll probably notice the bad thoughts have passed.

Before writing this blog I was feeling irritable about not achieving much today. It wasn't until I was nearly finished that I even realised that those feelings had gone.

Don't sit and analyse and feed your bad mood, get on with life, until the storm has passed.

Good luck!

Jo

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