Not All Moods Are Created Equal
Most of the time I will go to bed and wake up early. But yesterday, this was not the case. Man, was it hard for me to get out of bed. I had this overwhelming feeling of stress that kept me in. I just found myself feeling so beat down, tired, angry, and sad from all of the things I need to get done. I eventually was able to get out and start my day, but I could tell right away that I was not being as productive as usual.
I had some simple tricks in store that completely switched my mood later that day and got me happy once again. This blog post is definitely on the softer side of science (how to make yourself feel better), but it is one of the most important things to learn when trying to be healthy.
It is so easy to see this world through a negative lens, but there are simple ways to make the world bright again. The world is full of pain, annoyance, and worry, and this fogs our judgment of how good life really is. So many little things will get to us, but why do we let them bother us and compound our stress?
We, as human beings, are wired to amplify problems in our lives. We see something negative and immediately start dwelling on it. There is this weird sense of satisfaction we get when we make ourselves feel sad, and it is hard to get out of the rut. I know that there have been several moments when I don’t even want to feel better. I would enjoy wallowing in the sadness. Thank goodness that my past experience of dealing with depression allowed me to learn some awesome tricks that I would like to share with you today.
The first step in dealing with any sort of negative feeling is to recognize that you are, indeed, in a bad space. Most of us can sense that right away, but we have to be fully honest with ourselves and admit that this is not to be desired. I can easily sense when I am sad, but then I will immediately recognize that this is not what I was supposed to be feeling right now. Of course, there are times to be sad, but dealing with that sadness productively is the best thing for you. Admitting that you do not want to have that mood is the first place to start.
Now for some tips on how to fix that bad mood.
Take a step back and look at everything that is good in your life. You are alive; you have friends; you have food; you have water; you have a family; you have people that care about you. You have so much to be thankful for in this beautiful world around you. Make an “appreciation list” of everything that you can be glad you have. Once you see all the good written down on paper, it becomes instantly harder to focus on the bad. This problem that you are facing is nothing compared to the beauty of everything else. The sun is shining and you get to enjoy another day to bask in its glory.
A college professor once told me to recognize the difference between a “mouse problem” and an “elephant problem.” Now, this may sound pretty childish, and it is! This is what she would teach her children. There are so many lessons we can learn from simple explanations. Most things that cause stress in our lives are the “mouse problems.” They are so small compared to the grand scheme of things. An “elephant problem” will arise every once in awhile, but these steps can help you handle those as well. Life is usually not as bad as it seems.
One tip: take a break! Most things that you are working on that cause you stress can be stepped away from for a little bit. I assure you that you will be much more productive and in the zone when you come back. It can be hard, especially if you are working on a big project, but once you realize that you can step away for a minute, you will instantly start feeling better. What I did yesterday morning was decide to shut my computer down, and I went on a 45 minute walk. I walked around my block and through a park that really made me appreciate the little things. Coming back to my work, I felt refreshed.
Another thing to do (if possible) is to just hang out with a friend. It is a lot harder to be in a bad mood when you are surrounded by someone you love who is in a good mood. Those moods are contagious, and you are sure to catch it. The second a laugh comes from your mouth, you won’t be able to help but feel better. That’s what friends are for.
Another tip is to eat a great snack. That always makes me feel better. But I know if that snack is unhealthy, then I will feel worse off in the end. What I mean a snack that is whole, fatty, and delicious. My favorite snacks to make are jalapeno poppers (stuffed jalapenos with cream cheese wrapped in bacon). No matter what mood I am in, I can always appreciate a delicious popper.
And most of all, be eating healthy all the time, as this will lessen and lessen the number of bad moods you experience. We can easily help you with that if you subscribe to our email list and sign up for our Active Keto Program.
The most important thing to take away from all of this is that your life will be okay, even when it seems it won’t be. Be sure that you always appreciate everything in your life, and your mood will start to come up.