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5 Easy Ways to Make Yourself Feel Better When It Seems Impossible

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Being in a bad mood is the worst. Literally…

One thing, that is a really big deal, pisses you off and screws up your whole day. You can’t stop thinking about it because it was so colossal that now you’re seeing how it trickled on to other things.

Just having to work around that ginormous snafu is a constant reminder of how it has ruined your life.

Seeming like things won’t stop going downhill.

Staying at the Bottom

Once you get to the bottom of the hill there’s no getting back up.

Some kind of avalanche might as well just fall on top of you because you’re not getting back up. You just don’t want to.

Bad moods suck the life out of you. They just kill your desire to do anything.

All you end up doing is sulking in your bad mood. It’s all you really want to do. All you can do successfully anyway.

Being in a bad mood is like being trapped in quick sand. Once you get in it the bad mood just sucks you down further and further. You already feel stuck so you don’t even bother to fight the force and you let it swallow you whole.

Shake it Off

When you’re in quick sand it seems like there’s no way out. As it slowly covers your body you surrender the hope of being anywhere other than there.

But you shouldn’t because you can get up. You can get out of the downward spiral. You just need an anchor to pull you out.

Just something to get the ball rolling in the right direction. Then you’ll have a fighting chance of turning things around.

Here are a few ways to get started:

1. Get up

There’s probably nothing worse than sitting a sulking, than actually sitting there and doing nothing. Wallowing in your pity isn’t going to make it go away. In fact, it’s more like an invitation to hang out a while.

Being in a bad mood can be really frustrating, and working out can help you to really release that frustration in a healthy way.

I know, I know, getting up to exercise is probably the last thing you want to do. Who wants to do the sweating and lifting when you can be lying down and whimpering. But think about how good you usually feel after a workout.

And, not only do you get an outlet to get everything out, but your mood is naturally enhanced due to the chemicals released in the process.

All that while burning some calories and taking your mind off the stress.

2. Have a chuckle

Just let it happen. Laughing is the best.

I know when you’re in a bad mood you don’t want to laugh. You might even hold it in when something funny does happen, but don’t.

You need that laugh so don’t hold it back. Welcome it and look for more.

You know it’ll make you feel better so do it.

Seeking out more opportunities to laugh will make you feel a whole lot better. After all, they do say laughter is the best medicine, sans any negative side effects that is.

3. Be helpful

I know you’re probably thinking, what does this have to do with me. How can doing a good deed for someone else make me feel better? Well it can.

Think about how you felt after you held the door open for that mother with two small rambunctious kids, a stroller and what seemed like 24 bags. She was so gracious to have the little bit of help.

It was nothing to you, but it meant a lot to her because it was one less thing she had to do. Figuring out how to wrangle those kids, maneuver the stroller and get those bags through a doorway is no simple task. But you made it easy peasy for her and her gratitude spoke volumes. And you felt great.

Well, that’s how. Helping someone else out benefits you both. At a glance it seems like it’s all about them but you benefit as well. They get help and you feel good about it.


4. Talk it out

When you’re feeling down and out sometimes you just need the ear of a loved one.

A bad mood isn’t something you should take out on others but talking about what is bugging you can help you to release the tension and make sense of it.

Sometimes just hearing yourself say something can help your resolve it. And having another perspective doesn’t hurt either.

Even if you can’t get it resolved in that moment, they could cheer you up in a way you couldn’t have.

5. Switch up your diet

If you’re always in a crappy mood you probably have a crappy diet.

Who thought all that sugary, gooey, sweetness would do you in. How could something that tastes so good be so bad.

And those vending machine snacks. You only eat them because you have no other choice, right?

You’d be shocked by how much your food intake can impact your mood. Your brain needs the right nutrients to function properly and for you to feel well.

You know what happens when things are not feeling right. Everything falls apart. Kicking your mood downhill.

Eating the right foods and maintaining a proper diet can have an incredible impact on how you feel.

It can be the difference between feeling like you got hit by a bus and feeling like a million bucks.

Feeling Better Now

When you’re in a bad mood it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But believe me it’s there.

Instead of sulking in self-pity you have to get the ball rolling to turn things around. After all, how can you expect for things to improve in your life if you’re allowing yourself to stay in a bad place.

You can’t take up residence in this bad mood. It’ll get you nowhere. Actually, it’ll take you lower than you ever thought you could go before.

And you don’t want that. No one does. You need to feel better so you can do the things that you want to, knock out your goals.

Take back your life starting with your mood. Just a little effort can make all the difference.


Tell me…

What do you normally do when a bad mood hits?




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  • betty-wiseheartedwomen.blogspo

    Love this post. I love to laugh and when I don’t get enough of it I get down. I am a southern gospel lover down to my toes to the top of my head so to listen to those songs about my Savior lifts my spirit. I still sing a little and I love being able to sing about Him, that lifts my spirits especially when someone comes up to me and tell me how much the song meant to them. AS for the food issue, I admit I love junk food and it loves me but I am working on weeding out some of it and joined the YMCA a couple weeks ago. It is true one must first get up our of the pit and when we do there is always ways to draw you out till you are back on the top.

    • Lea

      Laughing is wonderful isn’t it? It’s probably the best natural medicine. It can always change the situation completely and put you in a better mood.

      Thanks for sharing.

  • Hi Lea,

    These are all helpful. The diet thing works beautifully for me.
    When I’m feeling down (even so bad that I don’t know how I’ll get up) – getting int he kitchen and whipping up something healthy makes me feel better. It’s the combination of the creative process and treating myself with care.

    I’m also lucky that my husband cracks me up. He’ll make fun of me if I complain 😉

    • Lea

      Hi Dana,

      It’s amazing that the cooking process has such a positive impact on you. I have a love/dislike relationship with the kitchen 🙂

      Isn’t it great to have a partner like that? Life’s changes in tide are easier to handle when you have someone like that by your side. You’re lucky.

  • Stella Chiu

    Hi, Lea

    The best way for me to handle my bad mood is “laugh”. How? I go to see funny movies or TV programs like Lucie Ball. They can release a great deal of tension inside myself. I will see my mood being shifted to better mood.

    Have a nice evening.

    • Lea

      Hi Stella,

      Good one. I do try to laugh things off myself. It helps me to keep my sanity. Thanks for sharing.