Bad moments are inevitable, and sometimes they happen when least expected. The cause of bad moods could range from significant to trivial. A job interview gone wrong, the sight of a cluttered wardrobe or a chipped fingernail can mess your mood in seconds.
While some situations can be hard to change, you can take control of how you react to them. A famous quote states that happiness is a little about what happens to you, and more about how you respond to it. So, whatever is happening to you, here’s how to ensure you keep your cool.
There’s a lot you can do to change your mood from dull to happy in a matter of a few seconds.
- Smiling: find a reason to smile. Remember something that made you happy in the past. Think of something you’re looking forward to doing as a treat to yourself.
- Jump rope: exercise sends endorphins to your brain for an instant happy feeling.
- Sniff mood-enhancing scents like essential orange oil or lavender to reduce anxiety.
- Snack on chocolate or take a mood-enhancing drink like coffee. For an increased effect, consider adding a drop or two of CBD oil in your drink or snack. It works to calm your nerves and help you relax instantly.
- Light a candle or sit at a flaming fire pit. Flickering flames can burn away stress and help you feel better. However, don't let your mind wander that you forget to keep the fire under control.
Still not feeling better after the one-minute fixes and want something more intense to distract your mind?
- Get into meditation mode: find a quiet spot in the house or office bathroom and block all noise, both internal and external. Fix your mind on mindfulness and try some deep, calming breaths. Pay attention to the fresh air getting in your lungs and think of it as the positive things around you.
- Count your blessings: you’ll find that being grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t have can boost your mood. Expressing gratitude suppresses the feelings of inadequacy and failure.
- Snuggle up: climb under a soft blanket and make yourself comfortable and relaxed. There's something about coming into contact with soft things that paves the way to happiness.
- Listen to a happy song: this may sound outdated, but it works every time. The right lyrics and beats at the right time are an instant mood lifter. If music isn’t your thing, look for creative ways to boost your mood.
- Dress up: making yourself look good has a way of bringing a sparkle to your eyes. Try a red-colored outfit and see how it boosts your esteem and confidence.
Small habits practised over time, become a lifestyle and a significant part of your personality. While you can't always be happy, you can train yourself to snap out of a bad mood quickly, every time.
- Appreciate yourself: every morning before you begin your day, be kind to yourself. Talk to your inner being and appreciate all your positive qualities. Positive affirmations spoken every day make the mind strong and prepare it for any eventualities.
- Practice happiness: what you give attention to most of the time becomes your reality. Choose happiness over everything else, and you become a happy person.
Human beings are predisposed to give more attention to bad things than the good ones. This tends to dampen moods, and it becomes easier to become sad than happy. You can change all that by practising both short-term and long-term fixes to bad feelings.