5 Simple Steps That Will Improve Your Mood
Let’s be real for a second, okay? I know that there are times when we let our moods get the best of us, I know for a fact that I do all the time. I get into this funk and don’t even realize how bad of an attitude I actually had until much later. I always end up texting someone later and apologizing because usually I snap at them. That is just who I am.
I know bad moods happen and sometimes they are unavoidable but that doesn’t mean we have to let 5 minutes ruin the rest of our day. I think that was my biggest issue and sometimes it still is, I let something that won’t matter in the future affect me for days and I built up a lot of anger for no reason.
I wanted to share with you 5 simple ways to improve your mood. These are ways that I use to improve my mood and since doing these, I actually find myself in a pretty chill mood. I have really bad anxiety but when I actually take the time to try use these steps, I can easily talk myself out of panic attacks.
Before I go into them, I want to let you know that these aren’t going to work for everyone but they are worth the shot. Of course you can always experiment with them and change them up a bit but just so you know these really work for me so I wanted to share them with you.
Alright, let’s get started… there are always incidents that happen to us for instance my car was making a really weird noise this morning but of course when my dad checked on my car nothing happened (I hate that). I was so annoyed that I immediately started crying, probably not my finest moments but that would have been the perfect situation to use my one of my 5 steps. That’s alright though, I’m still working on that. So here is my 5 simple steps to improve my mood.
- Just breathe- I know basic right? But we tend to clench up when our good mood is compromised. So this is what I do… I actually learned this in high school from my counselor and it helps all the time. Take a deep breath in , hold it for 4 seconds, let it out, hold it for 4 seconds. Literally make a square to help you breathe. This breathing technique has definitely helped stop a panic attack plenty of times.
- Do a 15 second dance break- Silly but it helps get your mind off of things. My friends probably think I am crazy because we can be somewhere doing and all of the sudden I break out dancing. At that moment, I am feeling overwhelmed and need a quick second to regain my positive energy. I like dancing so I do a quick jig and then I am good to roll.
- Put some upbeat music on- Anyone else get way into music and can listen to a sad song and then all of the sudden you are feeling so low? That happens all the time to me so I change the music, my favorite song right now is “I wanna dance with somebody” by Whitney Houston. It helps me get in that upbeat spirit
- Leave the room- I am prone to doing this and it isn’t out of disrespect for anyone, I just know how quickly a panic attack can come on and I need to leave the situation. Leaving is okay, there is no sense in forcing yourself to stay in a situation and put yourself in an even worse mood. It’s okay… you can always explain yourself later. Don’t stress about it
- Clean- Ugh the dreaded C word right? Well, actually cleaning has really helped my improve my mood. Why? I don’t know. I guess it just takes my mind off of things. So try cleaning the next time you are in a bad mood and see if that will help.
So I know that these were really simple things but they really help. You can’t live life being angry or always being in a bad mood. That isn’t what God intended for us. I know I am not a therapist nor a doctor so if your anxiety is really bad I do suggest getting help. But coming from someone who has had help in learning on how to improve my mood in minutes, I can suggest trying these.