Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: How I Shake Off a Bad Mood

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A white iPhone is lying on a wooden floor. The screen of the iPhone is black except for a yellow face that has an angry expression on its face. The top of its head is pink and just beginning to turn red in anger. My assumption for this week’s prompt is that we’re talking about bad moods that have innocuous, non-medical causes and aren’t a sign of anything seriously wrong in life.

I’m usually a pretty upbeat person, but we all have grumpy days eventually. This is what I do to shake off those feelings.

1) Eat a snack. Low blood sugar can cause a bad mood for me.

2) Take a nap or go to bed early. I can get a little grouchy when I haven’t had enough sleep, too.

3) Read or watch something comedic. It’s hard to laugh and still feel out of sorts afterwards.

4) Take a long walk out in nature.

5) Spend time alone. I love people, but I also need to charge my introvert battery regularly.

6)  Mute the news for a while. The negative slant they bring to everything in order to get more clicks and views is sometimes too much for me.

7) Perform a random act of kindness.

8) Write a thank you note to anyone who has done something nice for me lately. It could be for a friend, relative, clerk at a local business, or anyone else who made my day better.

9) Dance or lift weights. Exercise is such a great mood booster.

A combination of these things usually works well for me if one of them doesn’t do the trick on their own.


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15 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: How I Shake Off a Bad Mood

  1. All of those sound like wonderful things to do… especially number 8. I want to get back in the habit of actually writing letters to people.

  2. Some really good ideas, here, Lydia. I like to go for a walk, too, and to be alone. Sometimes it’s just necessary.

  3. Lots of good ways to turn negative into positive.

  4. Walking and singing/dancing are great ideas!

  5. I agree with all of your points, particularly 4 and 5 which I didn’t think of but are so true! Nature is a great balm to any emotional ailment, I find! Great post.

  6. Kindness and gratitude really are mood-boosters, aren’t they? I need to remember that, and add it to the list of coping strategies.

  7. All very nice! Reading and socializing at other people’s blogs boosts my moods, too. (So please, dear WordPress people, at least *try* Disqus…it can hardly be worse than some people’s Akismets are behaving these days, I suspect without their consent. Rain City Reads especially.)

  8. Those are all good ideas, especially watching something funny.

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