In a bad mood? Join most of humanity! Each day presents new challenges to your state of mind, but you can beat that bad mood with these 5 simple tools.
Bad moods happen to the best of us. When we’re overwhelmed, stressed out, or when things just aren’t going our way, negative thoughts begin to creep in. The longer you let negative energy overwhelm you, the deeper it will pull you down. (1)
If you find yourself in a bad mood, try one of these five simple tricks to kick the negativity and get back on track!
5 Steps to Counter a Bad Mood
1. Take A Walk Outside
According to a University of Michigan study, taking a nature walk offers multiple mental health benefits. It helps to decrease depression, improve well-being and mental health, and lower stress levels. If you’re having a bad day, one of the best things you can do to get rid of your bad mood is to walk it off! Even if you only have a few minutes, take a quick walk around your neighborhood or a nearby park. Grounding is another excellent tool! (2)
2. Dance To Your Favorite Song
Granted, if you’re in a bad mood, you probably don’t feel like dancing. But if you put on your favorite song and start moving your feet, you can dance your blues away! Studies have found that dancing can reduce depression, anxiety, and stress levels. It can also help boost self-esteem, body image-coping ability, and overall sense of well-being. Whatever has you down, getting your grove on can help! (3)
3. Try Aromatherapy
Smell is the strongest of the five senses and best able to influence brain activity. Whether you’re having a bad day at work or at home, using a diffuser with certain essential oils can help boost your mental state. To heighten productivity and mood, use lemon, lavender, jasmine, rosemary, cinnamon, or peppermint. Aromatherapy works. Your office or home will smell great, and you’ll find yourself feeling better in no time! (4)
4. Eat A Healthy Snack
Hungry? Well, hunger can trigger a bad mood, especially if you’ve been too busy or too stressed out to eat. Unfortunately, it’s just too easy to grab fast food when you’re upset, but be careful not to indulge in “comfort” food. It might taste good at first, but it’ll leave you feeling sick and bloated afterward, which won’t help your mood! Studies suggest that certain foods can help reduce stress, ease anxiety, and fight depression. If you’re in a rut, try snacking on some dark chocolate, strawberries, grapes, nuts, or avocado! These foods are packed with antioxidants that help balance your hormones and kick your anxiety. (5)
5. Tap Acupressure Points On Your Body
Tapping acupressure points on your body may help get rid of negative thoughts that may cause your bad mood. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, certain pressure points are the body’s healing energy pathways. TCM uses acupressure to release tension and increase circulation, as well as combat mental fatigue. Combined with deep breathing, tapping can help relieve the body of tension, stress, and depression. Check out the video below for a how-to! (6)