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5 Bad Mood Busters

By Lifecoachlindaluke @coachlindaluke

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Some days are just so …

I feel so…

I just don’t have the energy to …

I wish I felt better.

I don’t think anyone gets out of this life without times when they feel low on energy, high on stress, or just not ready to face the world.   The good news is that you don’t have to let it control or disempower you.  At least, not before trying these:

Move Your Body: 

Have you ever noticed that it is easier to feel confident when you stand up straight or wear high heels?  When you change your physiology, you change your mood.  If you feel tired or depressed, try dancing, or jumping, or running.  Stressed?  Slow your body down and guide it into deep breathing.  You may be surprised how quickly your mood changes.

Smile or Laugh:

Brains scans show that when you smile mood boosting chemicals are released into your brain.  This even works if you have to fake it at first. Laughter can do the same thing.  This gives you the perfect excuse to spend time watching videos of cute little animals or babies laughing.  Who knows, you may even want to try laughter yoga.

Mind Your Words:

Chances are you are telling yourself stories that support your mood or letting your mind call you names and be a bully. Pay close attention to the words in your head and when the negative ones come up, simply replace them with more positive thoughts.  It may feel challenging at first, but when you keep doing it those yucky thoughts will eventually give up.

Do Something Different:

If what you are doing or focusing on is not working for you, do something else.  Take a break.  Go for a walk.  Work on a different project.  Stop watching TV or listening to the news.  Switching things up will help you get out of the mood rut you have settled into and bring in new energy.

Breathe in Love and Gratitude:

Find a quiet place where you have some privacy.  Take a few moments to breathe deeply and visualize the breath coming in and out of your heart.  Next, think of someone or something you love (babies and pets work well) and let that loving feeling come into your heart with each breath.  Continue this relaxed, love filled breathing as long as you want and then take a moment to focus on all of the blessings in your life.  It’s really hard to be in a bad mood after doing this.


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