How to Pull Yourself Out of a Bad Mood
By Jade C. Pulman
We’ve all had those moments where it seemed like a rotten mood just completely blindsides you. The times where you’re in a funk and you’re desperate to seek a way out. There are some instances in life that have a tremendous influence on the way that we feel and how we process what is going on around us.
No matter what external factors are influencing your mood, it is vital to find a way to pull yourself out of the nasty slump that you’re currently in.
One of the first steps in getting free from your bad mood is to take a look and see what external factors may be contributing to your temperament. It goes without saying that excessive stress takes a toll on both your physical and mental well-being. Has a family situation been rattling around in your mind for months? It may be time to address it. Has your job been keeping you up at night? It may be time for you to consider a change.
Naturally, if you are unable to change certain aspects of your daily living, you will have to come up with strategies that will be the most effective for your lifestyle.
A great way to help pull you out of a rut is to get yourself moving. Exercising has been proven to increase endorphins and mood boosting hormones that will help to lift your spirits. Getting some exercise will also give you the added benefit of enhancing your body image as well. Granted, you do not have to dive in head first and overexert yourself. The changes you make in this area can start small and increase with time. Perhaps you can begin by going for evening or morning walks and build on from there. As time goes by, you can also consider adding weight lifting, yoga, or other forms of exercise to your routine.
Check your diet
Also, the foods that you are taking into your body may be having an impact on your mood as well. In the busy lives that we live, it can often be tricky to make sure that we are getting all of the nutrients that we need. It’s so easy to just pop something in the microwave and then be on your way. Try to have as many natural, home cooked meals as you can. Avoid foods that are high in cholesterol, sugars and unhealthy fats as often as you can. There have also been studies that suggest that a poor mood can be one of many low magnesium symptoms. Magnesium rich foods such as Bananas, Avocados, and even dark chocolate can help in this area as well.
Get some sleep
Sure, we’ve all got work that we have to do, but it should not come at the expense of getting enough rest at night. Not only will you be more productive when you’ve gotten adequate sleep, but you’ll feel better as well. According to better health, “Studies show people who are sleep deprived report increases in negative moods (anger, frustration, irritability, sadness) and decreases in positive moods.” Consistently getting enough sleep will help your mood in the long run as well.
Consider your mental health
If it seems that no matter what actions you take, you cannot improve your mood, there is the option of professional counseling that you should consider. If your bad mood has been going on for several months or more with no improvement, it’s time to get some help. As stated by Psychology Today, “Uncontrollable sadness, anger or hopelessness may be signs of a mental health issue that can improve with treatment.” If during therapy it is determined that you are in need of medication to help regulate your mood, this is a great step toward taking your life back.
Having instability in your mood has a profound effect on your quality of life. With time and a strong plan in place, pulling yourself out of a bad mood will help you to restore balance to yourself and move forward with your life. Examining all external factors is a great place to start, but also make sure that you surround yourself with a strong supporting cast as you look toward a brighter future.