I don’t know about you, but the Wisconsin spring has got me feeling kind of glum. “Spring” in Wisconsin sometimes just feels like the end of winter with its muddy ground and gray skies. I haven’t been in the best of moods that last couple of days and I was trying to come up with some ways to snap myself out of it. Maybe someone else will find them useful too.
- Play some music. Music is one of the best ways to alter your mood and emotions, whether you need to start jammin’ to your favorite song or settle down with some calming piano. If I am in a bad mood at work, one of the quickest ways to get me out of it is to put in some headphones and zone out with my favorite Pandora station.
- Declutter. Believe it or not, clutter like piles of clothes on the floor or an unorganized desk can negatively affect your brain and increase your stress levels. Getting rid of excess “things” around the house, cleaning your living room, or even organizing your office space not only reduces physical clutter, but can help clear and refresh your mind.
- Journal. Writing down how your feeling or what is going on in your life can help you sort out what’s really bothering you. You might discover something you hadn’t originally noticed. Or it might draw your attention to all the blessings in your life. I try to end all my journal entries with three things I’m grateful for in that moment. This gets my brain thinking positively, which gives me a chance to continue that positivity throughout my day.
- Call up your mom or a friend. My mom always jokes that when she doesn’t hear from me, it means I am doing well. I tend to give her a call when I am feeling glum, because talking to her makes me feel better. She always helps me put things in perspective and takes my mind off of what I’ve been dwelling on inside my own head.
- Exercise. I hate to admit this one, but it’s worked for me on multiple occasions. When I’m feeling crabby, the last thing I want to do is sweat it out. But sometimes releasing some endorphins is exactly what I need. Whether it’s going for a run, lifting some weights, or just doing some yoga and stretching, I don’t think I’ve ever regretted doing a workout once I was finished.
- Take a shower/bath. I don’t know what it is about a shower, but there’s something about the hot water and clean smell of soap that just makes me feel refreshed, relaxed, and recharged.
- Know that it’s okay to feel grumpy and sad sometimes. We aren’t going to be happy all the time. Because we’re humans. And that’s okay. Sometimes what we need is to just sit and stew in our own crabbiness for a while (maybe that means an hour, maybe a day), and then make a conscious decision to let it go, and make an effort to focus on the positive. Decide to make it a better day tomorrow:)