You know those days. Perhaps it starts the moment you open your eyes, or maybe it grows over time, but whether it comes on the scene with a bang, or it sneaks in the back door, the bad mood has arrived. It happens to the best of us, and sometimes with no provocation. So, what can we do about it? Sometimes nothing. Maybe we choose to sit in our funk. That’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with that option. It may be exactly what is needed. Other times, though, we can do something to instigate a shift.
- Acknowledge It – I don’t know about you, but sometimes the mere act of acknowledging I am in a rotten mood begins to lighten me. Other times it creates the space I need to figure out what is going on, and how I can move forward (in other words, it places a huge DO NOT DISTURB sign on me). Saying we are off grants us permission to be where we are. It’s subtle, and it works.
- Take a Walk or a Break – This is a time out for adults. Take a few moments for yourself. It may mean a walk, or a break of some kind. It doesn’t have to be a big break, even getting up to get water can break the funk. I don’t always do this myself, and I am practicing taking the time outs when I need them. It is empowering and refreshing to declare the need for a stop.
- “Pay it Forward”/Connect – This is probably my favorite trick of the trade. Nothing gets me out of a funk like paying a stranger a compliment, and initiating a connection. It works every time. To give someone the gift of a kind word brings them joy, and without fail sends my personal “Eeyore” packing. People light up, and largely cannot contain themselves when someone says a simple, “You look fantastic in that suit” or “Wow, I was really impressed with your presentation this morning” It is impossible to stay in a crappy mood knowing your kind comment brought joy to another.
There are many ways to send a bad mood out the door. I find these tidbits quick and easy to implement in any situation. Try them out, and let me know what you think.