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Turn that frown upside down

November 15th, 2010 by Deb McLean

One day last week, I asked Casey how her day was.  She said, “alright” (Her typical response is “Great Mom”, so I asked what was wrong).  She actually said, “I’ve just been out of it today.  Not really social with anyone.  I feel like I’m invisible”.  HUH?  That’s not my kid, turns out she was just grumpy.  A rare occurrence with her, but something we all experience from time to time.

Grumpy days have many attributing factors…Problem clients, TOO many projects to juggle, grumpy kids or spouses J,  personal life stress colliding with work life stress, bad rush hour drivers, not enough time in the day…sometimes life just seems too much to handle and it puts us in a bad mood.

So what can we do to change our mood? 

  • Don’t “treat” yourself. Often, the things we choose as “treats” aren’t good for us. The pleasure lasts a minute, but then feelings of guilt, loss of self control, and other negative consequences just deepen the lousiness of the day.
  • Do something nice for someone else.  Doing something for someone that is having a “bad” day will change your day too!
  • Exercise.  Be positive though, a long walk can often help you work out a problem in your head, but don’t allow it to fester.  Play tennis, or walk with a friend and share some laughs!
  • Accomplish something.  Clean a messy desk or closet.  Progress, control and orderliness can bring comfort and tell yourself “Look what I accomplished today!”
  • Talk it out.  Talk to friends or loved ones (but only the positive influences), never sit alone and brood.
  • The sun will come up tomorrow!  Got to bed early and start the next day anew.  Lack of sleep makes bad moods worse, so a little extra sleep will do you good.
  • Distract yourself.  Go to a movie or call an old friend.  After a lighthearted movie or a fun conversation, you’ll feel very different, it’s a real mood swing in the right direction.
  • Keep perspective. Ask yourself: “Will this matter in a month? In a year?”  I took a Dale Carnegie Class many years ago about dealing with “worrying”.  My big take away from that class?  What’s the worst that can happen?  Imagine it, write it down and act upon it.  It’s NEVER that bad and taking action is often all you need to stop worrying or get you in a better, more productive mood.
  • Be grateful. Remind yourself that a bad day isn’t a catastrophic day.

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