Everyone has bad days and everyone gets grumpy. What you do when you find yourself in the middle of those bad days, however, is what matters.
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Everyone, even the most naturally sanguine personality, falls prey to a bad mood once in a while. It happens. Life gets stressful, things don’t go as planned, sleep is hard to come by … the list goes on. Everyone has bad days.
What you do when you find yourself in the middle of those bad days is what matters.
Do you wallow in your mood? Use it as an excuse to be unkind to those around you? Allow yourself to stay in that place? Or do you find a way to pull yourself out and take control of your emotions rather than letting them control you?
I spent far too many days letting my feelings dictate my attitude and behavior. The day I realized I could be in control of my own mood was the day I learned how to be free.
If I woke up cranky or found myself in a funk mid-day, I didn’t have to stay that way! I could make the decision not to allow myself to slip further in that mood but rather be intentional about doing things that would improve my mood.
Are you skeptical about your ability to change your mood? Do you think, “I’m in a bad mood, and that’s just how it is?” I disagree! You CAN change your mood, if you really want to.
Here are ten actions I have found help me improve my mood:
10 Things to Do When You’re Grumpy
Acknowledge your attitude.
Be honest with yourself about your mood. Admitting that you’re grumpy is the first step to an attitude adjustment! Do some self-reflection. Ask yourself why you’re in that mood.
Get to the root of the problem so you can take the next steps toward a solution. If it’s a recurring problem, think about the changes that you might need to make in your lifestyle or schedule.
Make a gratitude list.
It is hard to be grumpy when you’re grateful! Make a list of everything you have to be thankful for in your life. Write them down and save the list for the next time you feel down. Counting your blessings is a sure-fire way to turn your mood around.
Related Post: 10 Ways to Practice Gratitude All Year
Take a breather.
Take a short break. To whatever extent possible, get away by yourself for a few minutes. Take some deep breaths, pray, take a walk, or journal about your feelings.
Taking a few minutes to regroup can sometimes be all it takes to get our attitudes back on track.
Other times may require a more extended break. Don’t feel guilty about needing a break! Make arrangements to take the time you need to recharge. You (and everyone around you) will be better for it.
Research has shown that the physical act of smiling can actually contribute to feelings of happiness. Smiling releases endorphins and signals to your brain that you feel happy, which can, in turn, make you feel happier.
Don’t just take my word for it – try it for yourself! Smile, right this minute, and see if it doesn’t make you feel better!
Consume something humorous or encouraging.
Read an uplifting or inspirational story, watch a funny video, or listen to a fun podcast.
Take a nap
Many times when we’re feeling cranky, we are simply tired. In those times, maybe we need to take the same advice we give our kids and just go take a nap! 🙂
Play with your kids.
Drop the to-do list, forget about the dishes or the laundry or the vacuuming, and just get down on the floor with your kids. You’ll have fun, they’ll have fun, and you’ll make memories together that will last you for years to come.
Be an encouragement to someone else.
When we need encouragement the most is the best time to give it to someone else. What we give will be returned to us.
Call a friend who you know is struggling, write an encouraging note, send a Facebook message, or mail a card. Helping others will give an immediate boost to your mood.
Think about your goals and priorities.
I get grumpy a lot when I feel overwhelmed or stressed. When I get that way, it’s helpful for me to reflect on why I’m doing what I’m doing, evaluate whether my activities are in line with my priorities, and determine if there are any tasks I can eliminate.
Consult your “Things That Make Me Happy” list
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about making a list of things that make you happy. If you haven’t already read that post, you can read it here, then make your own list! The next time you’re feeling grumpy, read through your list and find something you can do right then to improve your mood!
What are some things that you do to pull yourself out of a bad mood?
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