The only thing worse than being in a bad mood, is dealing with someone else’s bad mood.
Sometimes things happen that make us feel angry, stupid or irritated. Having one of those moments? Don’t let your bad mood ruin your day. Try these tips to snap out of it easily:
It doesn’t have to be the most genuine, enthusiastic smile on earth. Fake smile will do the job perfectly. Find yourself a private corner and do your best to hold your (real or fake) smile for 3-5 minutes.
We usually think that our facial expressions are a reflection of our emotions, but the reverse is also true. When you smile, your brain receives a signal that you’re happy and everything is ok in your world, then it adjusts your emotional responses accordingly.
Put the music on and dance or go for a walk. Exercise helps your body produce endorphins, which trigger positive feelings. It also makes it easier to shift your focus from your unhappy thoughts to your physical sensations and your breath.
Count your blessings
Finding things to be grateful for can quickly change your perceptions of the world and see the negative event that’s just happened as an isolated episode, an exception rather than the rule. Maybe, someone was rude to your for no reason, but there’re so many other people that love you and have shown you kindness. You might have made a silly mistake at work, but there have been many other times when you’ve completed your tasks well and even exceeded your customer’s or boss’s expectations.
Use essential oils
Lemon scent is helpful when you’re feeling angry or anxious. It can improve your mood, calm you down and bring you clarity. Lavender has soothing effect on the nerves and can help you relax and wind down. To use them, just place a couple of drops on a cotton ball and smell it when you need a mood-changer.
Collect your own toolbox
Notice what else works well for you when you need to snap out of a bad mood. Taking a bath? Calling a friend? Make a list for yourself to have a reminder when we need it. It may seem unnecessary, but when we’re in the heat of the moment it’s easy to forget that changing our mood is only one simple action away.
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