#1 – Do Not Vent.
One of the first impulses may be to vent your frustration, but that’s actually what will feed the bad mood and keep you in a funk. The reason most feel venting is helpful is that in the moment it feels cathartic, but what it actually does is it keeps your frustration present and your mind focused on what you currently have. If you have a bad mood focusing on that isn’t going to help it’s going to hinder. Instead of venting, focus on one goal you can achieve that day and the reward you will give yourself for achieving it. This refocuses the mind to what you want and allows you to refocus on achievement. The key to this goal is make it attainable and make the reward satisfying.
#2 – Do Something Nice For Someone Else.
You might be thinking, “Whaaatttt??? How will that shift my bad mood?”. Research published in the Journal of Social Psychology shows that when you do something nice for someone else it increases self-satisfaction and makes us feel good. Take a couple of moments, think of someone that you know that is struggling. Send them a quick text or email message telling them you think they are amazing.
#3 – Listen to Music.
Music is motivational magic. One study found that listening to classical music for 10 minutes minimized participants bad moods, and multiple studies can be found supporting and diving deeper into this research. Find music that is uplifting or classical and press play for 10 minutes. While listening move your body physically, either dancing, walking or just swaying side to side. This combo can be an instant mood and mindset shift.
#4 – Do something creative.
When you’re cranky or upset most people don’t want to focus. Combine that with the belief that most people think creativity is painting like Picasso and creativity is usually at the bottom of the ‘to do list’. A reframe on creativity though is that everyday at work, you are using your creative processors with the simple tasks that you do. Researchers found that if you narrow your focus on one specific task, it shifts the mindset into creative mode and increases your mood.
#5 – Smile!
Putting a smile on your face, even when you’re in a bad mood, is a surefire way to improve your mood and mindset. Smiling releases neurotransmitters in your brain stimulating ‘feel good’ effects. Smiling at someone else elevates the ‘feel good’ effects which means you don’t have to look at yourself in the mirror and smile, instead look at another person and smile! What will happen is smile are contagious and you’ll get the smile effect and mindset shift without feeling like you’re faking it.
#6 – Stop the cycle.
Usually when you recognize you’re in a bad mood, your mindset and brain continue to expect negative things to happen. Without stopping the cycle, your bad mood can transform into a bad day easily. So stop the cycle before it happens by acknowledging the mood, then identifying how you’d prefer to feel instead. The simple shift of identifying what you want to feel instead stops the cycle and allows you to navigate to a better day.
#7 – Find the pattern.
If a bad mood is something that is a rarity in your life than you can move on at the end of the day. If this is something that is happening more often than you want to admit, it’s time to dig a little deeper and find the root of the problem. Consider this, you work out your physical body because doing so keeps you healthy. Your brain and mindset need the same attention, but most have not learned tools to help them do this. If you’re finding your mood to be in a funk more than two days a week, your mindset needs some exercise! As a simple starting place, look at what you think about when you first wake up in the morning and when you fall asleep. If you’re finding these thoughts to be negative, start writing them down. It could be the same situation you’re playing over in your mind affecting your mood, or maybe you’re not moving past something you wanted. Finding the pattern is the first step to defeating it.
Bad moods can be good indicators that you need to spend some time reflecting on what is actually bothering you. If you’ve been pushing something down, dealing with it is going to make your life so much happier. We often avoid what we are uncertain of, but once you’ve dealt with it you’re energized and back in momentum.
CEO & Founder of Wealthy Woman Warrior™
Andrea created her proprietary mindset training, Power To Thrive™ over 15 years ago. We're now in a time where one's environment is constantly changing and pushing people mentally to their limits - if you don't have tools in place to help you navigate disruption, you simply need to get it. Invest in your mind and your success will follow.
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