Everybody gets in a bad mood sometimes – even when you don’t know what caused it. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and/or depression most of my life, I’ve had more than my fair share of bad moods.
You’ve probably read about many different causes of bad moods, and different things to do to get out of bad moods, but today I thought I’d write about something a little bit different.
In my experiences with bad, depressed, sad, angry, and anxious moods, I’ve noticed over the years that doing certain things while I’m in these moods actually makes me feel worse.
So here are 7 things that I DON’T do when I’m in a bad mood:
1. Don’t pig out on junk food. Eating a bunch of junk food when you’re sad will only make you feel worse, especially if you already struggle with body-image problems.
2. Don’t feel bad for feeling bad. Nobody is happy ALL the time. Don’t feel guilty or sad because you’re in a bad mood. Simply accept your emotions and let them flow.
3. Don’t take it to social media. You may have stuff that you want to get off your chest, but you shouldn’t post about it on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else. You’ll probably end up regretting it later.
4. Don’t keep it bottled up, either. Venting can be healthy and if you feel like you need to let something out, try calling someone you’re close to and venting to them. Or write in a journal. (Just don’t complain too much – it’ll make you feel worse.)
5. Don’t make impulsive decisions. You’ll most likely feel different tomorrow, so don’t make any decisions that you’ll regret. If you’re in a bad mood at work, don’t quit on the spot. If you’re in a bad mood with your significant other, don’t impulsively break up with them. Leave big decisions until you’re in a better mood.
6. Don’t take your bad mood out on others. This just isn’t cool, and you probably don’t need me to tell you why. Just don’t hurt other people because you feel bad.
7. Don’t obsessively think about your problem(s). This one is definitely easier said than done. But thinking too intensely about your problems is totally not going to make you feel better. Instead of feeling like a victim, think about what’s going good in your life. Make a gratitude list – it’s actually an amazing way to feel better!
In closing, here are 7 things that help me MOST when I’m feeling anxiety, depression, or just an ordinary bad mood:
1. Moving – whether it’s a workout, a walk around my neighborhood, cleaning, or dancing.
2. Talking to my hubby – cuddles and a pep talk from my husband is a major comfort for me. (You can also get this from a friend or family member you’re close to!)
3. Prayer/meditation – meditation and prayer calms me down so much; even if you’re not religious, meditation can be great!
4. Being outside – I hate cold weather but when it’s warm out, the sunlight can really lift my mood. Even being out in the cold can make me feel better sometimes.
5. Reading – I make sure to read fiction books or motivational when I’m in a bad mood because it helps distract me from how I’m feeling. Sometimes when I’m done reading, the mood is lifted!
6. Doing something creative – drawing, crocheting, writing, and other creative hobbies usually helps me release some of my bad mood.
7. Gratitude lists – it seems so simple but even when things suck, realizing all that you actually have going for you can really put things into perspective. (I actually read a book recently [Searching for Happiness] and the author pointed out that even when things are going HORRIBLY, you can be grateful for the fact that things aren’t always like that.)
Question: How about you – what do you avoid doing when you’re in a bad mood?
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