Have you ever had one of those days? I’m talking about those days where you’re just mad at the world. Or you just feel kinda melancholy and blue out of nowhere. Maybe you just had a really bad day, where nothing seemed to go in your favor *Cue the sour mood and the sad music*. Know what negativity is the perfect breeding ground for? More negativity. And then, even more negativity. That’s why we need to break the cycle. Replace the negativity with positivity before the negative consumes us. But just how do we do that? How do we catch ourselves before we fall?
1. Acknowledge It
The first step? Realize that you are in a state of negativity. And tell yourself that you need to get yourself out of it.
2. Turn on Some Tunes
Everyone has a song that makes them feel on top of the world. A song that makes them happy and makes them feel like dancing. For me, the minute I listen to Peaceful, Easy, Feeling by the Eagles or Chicken Fried, my bad mood starts to turn around. No matter what “your” song is, make it a priority to have it within easy reach.
3. Get Some Exercise
Anybody remember Legally Blonde? You know that one scene where Elle Woods is all, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy”? Well, Elle hit the nail on the head. Working out does wonders for a bad day. Even if it’s just a walk around the block or a quick Sun Salutation, get moving.
4. Be Social
Whenever I’m in a bad mood, I tend to become a recluse. I don’t feel like talking to anyone. However, this doesn’t always work out in my favor. Because once I do hang out with my friends and family, my mood elevates. Venting about what is making you upset lifts a little bit of stress off of your shoulders.
5. Count Your Blessings
When we’re feeling down, it can be hard to see the big picture. The solution? Count your blessings. Literally. Make a list of what your are grateful for. A list of everything and everyone that you love and cherish. Read over it, again and again. Remember that a bad day doesn’t mean you have a bad life.
Written by GUADS staff member Angelina.