10 ways to tame the “bad mood” beast
The “bad mood” beast is part of all of our lives.
When we get moods like feeling angry, down, anxious, frustrated, cranky, miserable, worried, agitated we know the “bad mood” beast has dropped in for while.
The “bad mood” beast likes to visit and hang around…and can’t take the hint about when it’s time to leave.
So whether your “bad mood” beast visits, rarely, sometimes or often, it’s a good idea to find ways to tame it. Then you can gently escort it out the door.
To help free you up for more productive living and whatever problem solving you may need to do, here are 10 ways I’ve found can help the “bad mood” beast get on it’s way:
Wait. Try to ride it out. Remember this too shall pass.
Watch with curiosity. Notice what you are thinking, what bodily sensations you are experiencing. See how long it takes to disappear.
Breathe. Don’t think about anything except breathing for a while.
Walk around the block, as many times as it takes…for as long as it takes.
Connect with friends or family for a virtual hug. Or ask someone to give you a real hug.
Vent…but make sure this is actually a debrief and doesn’t wind you up or make you feel worse.
Engage with something you enjoy…chocolate and shopping are OK in moderation…but remember they don’t fix the problem. What they can do is lift your mood just enough for you to take control again.
Distract yourself. Find something absorbing to do that will take your attention away from yourself. Sometimes work is really good for this.
Exercise hard enough to release endorphins…resistance exercise is particularly good for this, but do whatever type of exercise you enjoy that works for you.
Sit back and watch the chickens. Or, in the absence of chickens, find other ways to just sit back and smell the roses.
Finally, do NOT try to be happy…guaranteed your bad mood will fight back harder than ever. It’s very hard to turn our moods on and off. See how successful you are at making yourself angry, sad or frustrated on demand – you’ll probably end up laughing.
What other ways are there to tame the “bad mood” beast? What other ways have worked for you?
Remember: if your “bad mood” beast visits too often, causes you a lot of distress, or is damaging your relationships it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor or another healthcare professional.