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What To Do When You’re in a Bad Mood

We all get grumpy once in a while—and sometimes more often than once in a while. Every so often, sometimes for little to no reason at all, we just find ourselves in a bad mood, unable to shake the funk of anger or irritability. A bad mood isn’t good for anyone—not for you, and certainly not for the rest of us.

Just like everyone else, I have days where I’m just in a bad mood. But lately I’ve started to better understand that my mood is my problem. Controlling my mood is no one’s responsibility but my own. Because of that, I’ve made a list of three things that often bring me back from the dark side of a bad mood—and maybe they will help you, too.

1. Listen to Music (Preferably with Headphones)

There are some songs that just cheer me up. When I listen to music that is positive and encouraging (some of you may know where to find that sort of music) my mood lightens almost instantly. My tip for you: Invest in a good pair of headphones, make a happy song playlist, and plug in when you need a lift.

2. Exercise

It’s been proven that exercise boosts endorphin levels and naturally makes you feel better. Some of you may beg to differ and suggest that exercising is the source of your bad mood to begin with, but not for me! A long run or a hard workout is always a good way to rebuild your mood and lift your spirits.

3. Surround Yourself with Positive People

You know the kinds of people—the glass-half-full, always smiling kinds of people. When you’re feeling down, connect with the people in your life who can bring you back up. A laugh or two and possibly a change of perspective can do wonders.

Remember, we are all responsible for our own attitudes. When your mood heads south, try one of these tips to correct it—and make a list of your own pick-me-ups to fall back on for the next time you get grumpy.

What are some things that cheer you up when you are in a bad mood?