Have you ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed, hoping and praying the day will pass by as quickly as possible so you can crawl back under the covers and shut the world out until you’re feeling better? Maybe you woke up with a case of PMS or didn’t get a good sleep the night before, or perhaps you got into a fight with your significant other or your kids are giving you an attitude. Whatever the reason, it feels like your blood is on a slow boil and you want to figure out how to get out of a bad mood FAST for the sake of yourself and those around you.
I often find that anything that CAN go wrong WILL go wrong on days such as the one I just described, and despite our best efforts, our anger and irritation ends up rubbing off on our kids, spouses, friends, and co-workers, leaving everyone feeling on edge and miserable. It can also lead to unnecessary arguments and hurtful things are sometimes said for no reason other than the fact that we’re in an irritated mood and want to be left alone!
The good news is that is IS possible to learn how to get out of a bad mood.
On days when you’re in an annoyed mood and feel like the whole world is against you, there are things you can do to gain perspective and end the day on a positive note. All it takes is a little creativity and a bit of trial and error to find out what works best for YOU.
Here are 8 of my favorite tricks that have taught me how to get out of a bad mood and get back on track when annoyance and irritation strikes!
WHY AM I IN A BAD MOOD?
Before you can fix a bad mood, you need to figure out WHY you’re feeling angry and miserable in the first place. Is it due to a poor night of sleep, sickness, or feelings of anxiety? Are you trying to do too many things at once? Is your child stressed about something happening at school that day and acting out? Is your spouse going through a stressful time at work and taking it out on you? Are you feeling unhappy with yourself? Take a few minutes to take in what’s happening and figure out the WHY.
COMMIT TO CHANGE
If you’re able to pinpoint a particular reason for your bad mood, such as a poor night of sleep or having too much to do before you walk out the front door each morning, make a promise to yourself that you will start making changes ASAP. Spend 30 minutes each night preparing lunches and backpacks and getting everyone’s outfits selected for the following day so you aren’t scrambling in the morning, adopt an earlier bedtime for both your kids and yourself, and commit to a healthier eating and fitness routine if you’re feeling unhappy with your appearance.
STAY IN THE PRESENT
If you’re anything like me, you probably check your phone first thing in the morning and spend most of the time you’re showering, cooking breakfast, and herding your kids out the front door thinking of all of the things you need to accomplish that day. And while it’s human nature to do this, it leaves us distracted and unable to focus on what matters most: our family. So turn off your phone and live in the moment. Everything else can – and will! – wait.
WRITE A LIST
If you wake up feeling overwhelmed at all of the things pulling at you for your attention, take 5 minutes to do a brain dump. Write everything you need to do on a piece of paper and then prioritize each item. Which ones need to be done today? Which ones can wait until tomorrow or the day after? Which ones can be erased completely? Consider using a tool like The Productivity Planner to help you identify your most important tasks and stay accountable without feeling overwhelmed.
DECIDE TO BE LATE
If your morning is spiralling out of control, don’t be afraid to take a little extra time. I realize this isn’t always possible, but remember that you’re an adult. Instead of running around like a chicken with your head cut off on a particularly busy morning and risking a car accident on the way to work, call ahead, reorganize your schedule, and give yourself some extra time. The world will NOT end if your child is 15 minutes late for school or you miss your morning pow-wow with your co-workers.
Another great way to turn an annoyed mood into a happy one is to take a few moments to remember all of the GOOD things in your life. I use The Five Minute Journal each morning and evening to ensure I start and end my day remembering all of the things I should be grateful for, and it makes a HUGE difference on the days I feel like everything is going wrong.
MAKE A PLAN
On those mornings when you’re grumpy and your kids are clinging to you and you feel like the world’s crappiest person, make a plan. Tell your kids you’ll go for ice cream after school or surprise them by picking them up early for some one-on-one time. Make an appointment to get a massage or manicure. Organize an impromptu dinner date with your significant other. You get the idea…
CUT YOURSELF A BREAK
Despite our best intentions, there are always going to be days when things go wrong and we find ourselves feeling short-tempered. When this happens, the trick is to make bad moods the exception rather than the rule, and to practice forgiveness when things don’t go according to plan.
Neil Cavuto once said, ‘There’s nothing wrong or evil about having a bad day. There’s everything wrong with making others have to have it… with you.’
Makes you stop and think, doesn’t it?
I hope these tips to get out of a bad mood fast help you like they’ve helped me!
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