Let’s be honest, we all have the occasional day when we’ve woken up on the wrong side of the proverbial bed and the day seems destined for doom.
Whatever the reason for your bad mood may be, research shows that being grumpy at work or bringing your personal issues to the office can have a negative impact not only on your productivity and performance, but your mood will also certainly impact your colleagues and those who have the misfortune of having to interact with you that day.
Therapist Mark Tyrrell says the key to changing your mood is to do something different.
“We tend to assume that moods just ‘happen to us’ and, like storms, the best we can do is wait until they pass. But, unlike climatic storms, we can influence – even change – our moods without resorting to unhealthy means. Being able to manage and influence your own emotions is a powerful marker for good health, emotional maturity and happiness,” he says.
“One way to alter your mood is to instantly do something else. The quickest way to do this may be to simply imagine not feeling the way you are feeling. If I’m feeling hacked off, I might close my eyes and take a few moments to imagine feeling relaxed and comfortable.”
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At the very least, this might help neutralise your bad mood or in the best-case scenario, it could even propel you into a good one.
Here are three ways to snap out of a bad mood:
Keep quiet and pop on those earphones
To avoid snapping at people or being sarcastic, it’s advisable to avoid communicating with your colleagues until such a time that you have better control of what comes out of your mouth.
Research shows that music can alter your mood dramatically – particularly classical or soothing music, which helps relieve anxiety, worry and stress – so grab your earphones and tap into whichever genre makes you happy.
Create a personal bad mood mantra
Mindfulness coach and author Alfred James says developing a personalised mantra or two that you can recite to yourself every time you’re in a bad mood can be a very effective way of helping you snap out of your funk.
“Mantras are a powerful way to re-centre the mind and can be as short as one word or as long as a few sentences. As soon as you feel the tentacles of a bad mood poking at your mind, recite your mantra either out loud or internally, to beat back the negativity,” he advises.
The key, he says, is to inspire touchpoints that will help take you out that particular moment and “enable me to see the triviality of my mindset”.
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Have a laugh
It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine and this couldn’t be more true when it comes to shaking off a bad mood.
When we laugh, endorphins are released that help make us happy and reduce pain.
So think about trawling the Internet in search of a video or a clip that’s funny or something that will inspire a hearty laugh.