Life is full of ups and downs.
Sometimes, the type of day we have is out of our control,
but other times, we can influence how our day is going.
Come up with 5 tips for changing your frame of mind when you’re having a bad day.
It can be easy to get lost in negative thinking. After all, most of what happens in life is completely out of our control. If we think about this truth too often, it can depress our mood and make us mistrustful of others. Some days are harder than others. The important thing is to avoid getting trapped by negative thinking
- #1 – Treat yourself
- #2 – Listen to music
- #3 – Reach out
- #4 – Help someone
- #5 – Get moving
Get a massage or a manicure, take a luxurious bubble bath, get a new hairstyle, or choose something else that makes you feel spoiled and beautiful. Then show it off by getting out of the house. Notice how you feel. A lot of times, you will find that you stand up straighter and are more likely to smile at others after a little self pampering.
Listen to music
Choose something that has a positive mood. It’s not the time for sad, slow songs. Play something with a beat, something that screams, “Get up and dance!” Music has a unique power to lift your spirit, so take advantage of it even in the worst situations.
Call your best friend to vent your frustrations. Then schedule a time to meet up very soon. There is nobody better suited to cheer you up. This is the person who knows you better than anyone else. He or she knows exactly how to bring you out of that nasty mood. Even if you are far away, a phone call or Skype chat can do wonders for you.
Find someone in need. Maybe they just need a ride or some cheering up. It doesn’t really matter what the need is. When you focus your energy on the needs of others, your troubles fade into the background.
As much as I hate it, exercise is a great way to improve your mood. Getting your blood pumping releases “feel good” hormones — just what you need on a crappy day. Since we’ve all established that I don’t exercise, you might try my trick. I go on a massive cleaning frenzy. It still gets the same results as more traditional exercise and goes perfectly with some loud music.