I woke up this morning feeling happy & then I got a message that took away my upbeat mood in an instant. It derailed plans I had and questioned the next steps that I thought I was going to take.
My first thought was screw this, my second was well now I have an excuse to have a drink tonight, and my third was STOP RIGHT THERE.
I am still me even in this terrible mood and I have decided not to drink.
I haven’t changed since yesterday, or since my happy mood this morning. External influences are always going to get in the way and enable me to question my thoughts, beliefs, hopes and fears.
All the work I have done on myself, all the books I have read, all of the times I have chosen to stick with myself rather than lose myself are still with me.
There are other ways to change my state and get myself out of this bad mood.
When we pay attention and notice how we feel, and recognise the mood we are trying to escape, we can intercept ourselves before we reach for a drink. Dry January still intact!
There are other ways, besides booze or food or whatever self destructive habit you turn towards, to get yourself out of a bad mood and make yourself feel better.
1.Listen to your favourite music & dance around
I have a ‘Positive playlist’ saved to my Spotify. It’s full of all my favourite songs. If I’m out of the house & need to pick myself up quickly, I’ll put this on. If I can, i’ll go into the toilet of my office & have my own 2-minute dance party!
2.Take yourself for a walk
Quite often going for a walk is the last thing you want to do, It’s freezing (and knowing the UK probably raining too), but physically moving and getting outside can give you a whole new perspective on your day. Distracting yourself from your bad mood, make a point of actually noticing the scenery around you. If the walk alone doesn’t help, ring a friend who makes you laugh.
3.Have a shower
An option when you’re at home. Rather than hanging around the house feeling rubbish, have a shower and physically change your state. Taking a quick shower, especially one that alternates cold and hot water, can help increase circulation and help get rid of negative energy and bad moods.
4.Long bath and a cup of tea
Now I’m not suggesting you have a shower and a bath (although I have been known to do it) but if a shower doesn’t feel right for you, boiling the kettle, making a cup of your favourite tea (my current favourite is Pukka’s Love) nqd running a hot bath can work wonders. If you can take 30 minutes out from your day, or evening, to get some headspace and have a bath then you can wash away even the worst of moods.
5. Restorative yoga
Don’t roll your eyes. I’m not suggesting you do sun salutations and a headstand. Taking 10 minutes, or 2 if that’s all you’ve got, to relax into a restorative yoga pose can dissolve a bad mood.
Next time you’re feeling rubbish, try Legs-Up-The-Wall.
How do you get yourself out of a bad mood? I’m always keen to find new ways to show myself a bit of self-care.
All my love, L xx