No matter how frequently you practice self-care or focus on your mental health, you’re bound to experience a bad mood. Unfortunately it’s inevitable but not impossible to deal with. After dealing with my fair share of bad and just indifferent moods, I’ve found a few tried and true ways to lift myself out of them and I want to share them with you!
Listen to music:
This is my favorite way to unwind and calm my mind. Listen to your favorite artist or find a new curated playlist that all streaming services offer.
- Kehlani: I can’t tell you how many times her music has helped me calm down after feeling overwhelmed or upset.
- Singer/Songwriter playlists: these include calming music from artists like Ed Sheeran and James Bay. Their incredible vocals and beautiful instrumental backgrounds will no doubt be just what you need.
This will help get you out of your head and focus on something more pleasant and entertaining. You can do this anywhere, anytime thanks to tech-obsessed world meaning you’ll always have a way to work yourself out of a bad mood.
- Paper Magazine: I recently became obsessed with this website. The photo shoots they do are incredible and they have a lot of in-depth interviews with celebrities. The perfect combination to take your mind off whatever may be bothering you.
- Any novel you have on hand: I am a huge book nerd so I’m all for a good book to help me wind down. I can sit here and give you recommendations for days but it’s best if you choose the genre that you love the most.
Hang out with friends
This one may not be for everyone. I know when I’m in this type of mood, socializing is the last thing I want to do. However, being around people who you love and care about can help. Go to a bar and hang out or a local coffee shop and just be present.
Take a break from work
This is the most important thing you could do for yourself. I feel like I should always be working on something and even in a bad mood, I still push myself. A strong work ethic is admirable but pushing yourself when you aren’t in the mood doesn’t help you or your work. Go lay down, put on some reality tv or any other mindless show and just lay there, decompressing.
Everyone is different and while this list may work to get me out of a bad mood, it may not be 100% what you need. That’s okay! Hopefully this list gives you a head start in discovering how to deal with those bad moods when they come around.
Also published on Medium.