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Five Ways to Shake off a Bad Mood

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Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.

Having trouble cheering yourself up? Look no further

Having trouble cheering yourself up? Look no further

Woke up on the Wrong Side of the Bed?

So, you had a bad dream that was completely jarring, and now that feeling is haunting you well into daylight hours. Maybe you're running on very little to no sleep at all or something happened throughout the day that left you shaken and upset. Bad moods strike us all, usually at the least convenient time. This powerful emotion completely disrupts our center of balance, leaving us cranky and irritable, with the potential to wreak havoc on the rest of the day.

Next time you feel a bad mood creeping in, give these tips a try to shake it off and move on, making your day more productive and enjoyable.

1. Meditation

I'm a big believer in the power of stillness. There's something positively life-altering about sitting quietly and focusing on the breath. It's a simple concept that takes discipline and patience to incorporate into a daily routine.

Meditation is a great way to shake off that bad mood, too! If time allows, find a quiet place in which you can get comfortable. You can sit or lay down, whatever works best for you. Then just focus on your breathing. You might also seek out a guided meditation app or video on YouTube.

It can be a challenge to quiet the mind, so I like to visualize my thoughts as sentences, actually written out in front of me. As they materialize, I like to picture them exiting out of my ears and disappearing into the air. Eventually, the thoughts stop coming and I can return my focus to my breathing, eventually turning my mind off completely. When I'm tired but can't take a nap, my go-to is meditation in Savasana. Just taking twenty minutes to close my eyes and quiet my mind usually does the trick.

Maybe you're in a situation where you can't close your eyes or get in a position for more traditional meditation. No worries. Take a few moments to sit quietly and sip your favorite beverage. Bonus points if you can be near a window. Alternatively, take a few moments to step away and just focus on taking deep breaths. There's no hard and fast rule that says you have to sit in Lotus and chant a mantra. The simple act of stepping away, getting a few moments of quiet, and deep breathing can be enough to reset and realign your mind and your mood.

Five Minute Meditation You Can Do Anywhere

2. Yoga

Yoga is my remedy for a multitude of ailments, especially when it concerns emotions. Moving the body in a mindful way works like magic to eliminate bad moods. When you incorporate the breath with each motion, it becomes a moving mediation; the ultimate duo.

You don't need a lot of time, although an hour on the mat is a great way to bust stress. Five or ten minutes can do the trick. Choose to follow along with a video on YouTube or simply find a few, feel-good stretches in the morning to wake up the body and get rid of those bad feelings.

Can't get on the floor? Do a few stretches in your chair, like neck and shoulder rolls. A little movement, even simple stretches in your office, can go a long way in shaking off that bad mood.

Yoga With Adriene

3. Go For A Walk

Sometimes the best thing you can do to get rid of a bad mood is simply a step away. Head outside for a walk and reconnect with nature. The best medicine is often fresh air and sunshine. Not only will this brighten your mood, but it can reinvigorate you, leaving you with more energy to get through the rest of the day.

Can't get outside? Why not try a walking video on YouTube? Last year, walk-at-home content exploded and there are many options to choose from. Leslie Sansone even has a YouTube channel now. My favorite is Rick Bhullar, Get Fit With Rick. He's always cheerful and makes each walk a lot of fun!

Get Fit With Rick

4. Listen To Your Favorite Songs

Music is powerful. It can comfort us when we're sad, inspire our bodies to move, give us a boost of confidence before an important meeting, and carry us through tough moments in life.

When you find yourself in the throes of a bad mood, put on your favorite song or playlist. Dance the negativity away as you get ready, sing along in the car on your way to work, or bob your head to the music right at your desk. If you're able, crank the volume up. Let the rhythm wash through your body and rinse away the irritability.

5. Find The Humor

Laughter is the best medicine. Shake that bad mood off with a little humor. Bonus points if you can find humor in your own situation and laugh at yourself. Search for jokes and memes on Pinterest and create a board showcasing your favorites. When you're in the midst of a bad mood, everything seems serious. The tiniest interactions are annoying and can set you off. Bad moods can feel like they'll be with you forever, but they will pass. Laughing is the perfect way to shake it off and get back to feeling like yourself again.

Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.

— Frida Kahlo

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on July 02, 2021:

Well articulated. Good one.

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on July 01, 2021:

Thank you Devika!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on July 01, 2021:

Forgetting -- that's the secret! haha!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on July 01, 2021:

Isn't wonderful to have a little quiet time for yourself? Have a safe and happy holiday weekend Pamela!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on July 01, 2021:

Thank you! You as well!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 01, 2021:

Bad moods happens for various reasons. You have reminded me of my bad moods in the past. Informative and well-advised.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 01, 2021:

At one time, I was prone to bad moods. They would last for days. Now I tend to forget why I was in a bad mood, and forgetting only takes an hour or so. lol One of the advantages of getting older.

How can a walk in nature ever be a bad thing, eh?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 01, 2021:

Your suggestions to shake off a bad mood are excellent, Alyssa. I get up earlier than my husband and that is my time to meditate, pray, etc. I agree that music is also a way to feel better. Thanks for sharing so many helpful tips. Take care.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 01, 2021:

You have shared some useful tips, Alyssa. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Stay safe and healthy...