Some days just start badly and continue to go downhill from there. Other days you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed with a frown on your face. Bad moods happen to us all. Sometimes there’s a rational explanation for our discontent and other times everything simply irritates us for absolutely no reason.
But our bad moods don’t just affect us, they affect everyone around us. And, if you’re working in an office environment or are out socialising with friends, you have to play nice. So, here are some helpful tips on how to snap out of that bad mood.
List everything you’re thankful for
Yes, this does sound like something from a cheesy self-help book. But, before you roll your eyes, try it. Go through the things that you’re truly grateful for. Whether it’s the great novel you’re reading, your job or your family. You don’t have to write this list down (that’s a bit excessive), just go over it in your head.
Reach out to a friend
Friends are there for a reason. They care about you and are pretty useful to have around on days when you just can’t locate your smile. If you can, call over your bestie for a glass of wine and a chat. Of course, if you simply don’t have the time or are stuck at work, you can always just send your friend a “please cheer me up” message. Whether they commiserate with you or send you a funny meme, it’s likely to help ease the grumpiness.
Surf the web
Social media isn’t always the best place to go when you’re in a bad mood. People are going on exciting adventures, posting baby pics and telling you just how much they love their significant other. And that might just make things worse. Rather go to a site that usually makes you laugh. Meme sites, Youtube and, of course, Buzzfeed are great for this. However, don’t make the mistake of checking up on the news.
If you have the finances, go all out on cheering yourself up. The level of over-indulgence should be based on exactly how long this mood has been plaguing you for. It could be eating a slab of chocolate or getting on a plane to another city and buying yourself some duty free perfume. It all depends on how big the problem is.
Some days you can afford to be in a bad mood. You can sit at home and fume over things while you eat yummy take out and watch series. But other days you have to snap out of it, for your sake, as well as the sake of the people you come into contact with.