Snowman neighbor by MGShelton
- Lack of sleep.
- Rushing and hurrying through the day.
- Bad attitude – yours or someone else’s.
The daily grind of work and life can eat away at your peace and tranquility. Dreary news, abrupt bosses, rude coworkers, traffic back-ups, never-ending chores, all of this and more can add up to create one majorly depressing feeling.
That’s when you lose it. You shout, stomp around like a gorilla, slam doors, give people the cold shoulder and generally act irritated and upset. So how do you snap of your sour mood, or better yet, keep yourself from getting into one in the first place?
Bad moods do more than just make you feel bad; they can limit your perspective, crush creativity, and disrupt your life. Tempers rise and escalate small problems into bigger ones, and your negative thinking can stifle your ideas and distract you from finding the solutions you need.
So how do you keep your cool when you feel ignored, overlooked, taken-for-granted, and unappreciated? Here are a few ideas:
- Change your focus. Take a walk in the sun. Listen to some music. Breathe. Read a joke, call a friend, do a few stretches. Get away from what’s bothering you to gain some perspective.
- Slow down. Rushing and hurrying through work can lead to more mistakes than usual, which increase frustration and add more work to fix the errors. Stop and go get a snack or hide in the bathroom for a minute. Take some deep breathes and relax those tense muscles before returning to your task.
- Go rant for a minute. This little trick is sorely under-rated. Go into a bathroom or bedroom for privacy, or simply get out a sheet of paper and write down what’s bothering you. Let it all out. Yell, curse, even make fun of the person. If you do this in front of a mirror it can have hilarious results which will snap you right out of your funk.
- Benefit of the doubt. This too, can work extremely well. Maybe you are tired, have a headache or generally don’t feel good. Perhaps you are behind on a project, making you short-tempered and irritable. Give yourself and the other person a break. Whether it’s you or the other person, let it go. Forgive and forget. If the problem continues you can always give them an earful later.
- Eat and drink. It’s amazing how many bad moods can be cured with a little TLC. If you are dehydrated or haven’t had breakfast, there’s a good chance your attitude may simply be your body in revolt. Have a nutritious snack; drink some water and see if a little food helps your headache disappear and your mood to lift.