As humans, we all experience high and low moments. It could be a mood swing, influenced by sad memories from the past or worries about things yet to happen. Sometimes it is the hurt from a disappointment or an unsuccessful attempt at something we desire. Irrespective of what it is, we can snap out of the sour mood if we make the effort. Below are some practical ideas on how to jump out of a low moment.
Share your problem: We have often heard that a problem shared is half solved. This is because, by sharing it, you release your mind from the negative pressure and the burden of that problem. Sometimes all it takes to elevate our moods is to share our worries with those we can trust and seek advice from them. So if something bothers you so much, rather than stay in a sour mood trying to figure it out all by yourself, it may help you to share it with someone whose opinion you can trust.
Listen to good music and Sing along: This may sound award because most people find a reason to sing only during happy moments. But the truth is, singing uplifts your spirit. Find a music you love that brings back beautiful memories and listen to it and sing along if you can. You would be surprised at how much comfort you would feel and how better your mood will get as you sing.
Self dialogue: Self dialogue is very good when handling some personal issues you can’t find yourself sharing with others. A typical example of this could be an embarrassing situation which drag down your confidence and make you feel really bad. In order to benefit from self dialogue during such a moment, find a mirror and talk to your image. While in front of the mirror, think of the things you love about yourself and say them to yourself as though you were encouraging a child. If you can’t think of something you appreciate about yourself, think of a complement someone had once given you that made you feel good about yourself. Just replay the words into your mind repeatedly and let your mind absorb it. You would be surprised at how you would feel after the exercise.
Volunteer: In volunteering, we offer services to people or communities in need. When we consistently find ourselves in a bad mood, may be due to unfortunate situations that have happened we can get out of our homes and lend a helping hand to any community project. Usually such volunteering puts you among people who are less fortunate than you are and you would find yourself in appreciation of what you have and who you are as you help out. This will improve upon your mood. Volunteering works miracles to the mind and the spirit.
Smile: There is nothing as contagious as a smile and sometimes we need to be contagious to ourselves. A smile can generate positive feelings and shift your mind from its present sour state into a happy one. It doesn’t matter the cause of the bad mood, always find a reason to smile. It is of no use feeling bad over things you cannot change. A second passed can never be regained so don’t waste the day. If something makes you feel bad and you cannot avoid it, play with it and it will give way. Frowning at it,keeps it around for a longer period and worsens your mood.
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