You know how it is. Maybe you got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning. Or it could be something rattled your cage and you’ve not shaken it off. When they’re being polite, other people describe you as being moody.
Sometimes these mood swings only last a few minutes. In which case it’s probably easiest to let them pass.
But other times they seem to follow you round like your own personal thunderstorm. Literally raining on your parade and affecting your mood for the worse…
Some people resort to alcohol or other drugs to deal with these issues. Others pay a shrink a small fortune. Yet others just mope around, moaning all the time, a bit like a human version of Marvin the robot in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
But actually you don’t need much to change your mood.
It can be as simple and as fast as a dog shaking itself dry:
- Lift your head up! That’s the reason fast food restaurants have their menus attached to the ceiling behind the staff. It’s near enough impossible to be grumpy if your head is pointing upwards – try it for a quick lift if you’re feeling low.
- If you’re somewhere that you won’t be embarrassed, face the ceiling and shout “Yes! Yes! Yes!” at the top of your voice. If that’s something that would be frowned on by others around you, you can always think the words until you get a chance to shout them out. It’s better than just letting yourself feel down.
- Smile. This changes the way your body looks and feels. It also changes the reaction of the people you meet. If you’ve ever felt a dark cloud enter the room alongside a permanently dour person, that’s their attitude escaping into the general atmosphere. Smiling extinguishes that – it’s literally infectious (the same as yawns are, but smiling is much livelier.
- Stop thinking and saying all those negative things. You know the ones. Turn your phraseology around. Twist and turn those negative words and thoughts into positive ones. This may be like pulling teeth for a while until you get used to it. But, like most things in life, the more you practice the better you get.
- Listen to bouncy music. Music affects our mood a lot. If the tunes you play are slow and mournful then your mind will tune in to that. If they’re faster and bouncier, you’ll pick up the vibrations and your energy levels will change for the better.
- Go for a brisk walk. Exercise releases endorphins – our natural “feel good” chemical. It doesn’t have to be an-hour-at-the-gym exercise. A brisk walk does the trick nicely and has the extra advantage that it doesn’t feel like exercise so you’ll be less inclined to procrastinate about doing it.
These are simple tricks that you can use in a few seconds or minutes to transform your mood for the better.
Give them a try in the coming days and weeks. And keep a track of how they make you feel.
Then keep doing them!
With a few days of practice, you’ll feel like a new you.
And if you’d like more help with being less moody, check this out.