When you have a bad day, you can feel absolutely awful. Nothing goes right and your level of frustration is at an all time high. It changes your mood and you are left feeling awful. But what happens when you stay in this heightened state of anger and frustration? Bad moods can increase levels of depression, affect our ability to be productive, increase levels of stress, and annoy and frustrate those around us. Here is how to cope when you are suffering from a bad mood.
Exercise is proven to increase mood because it releases endorphins and activates the dopamine neurotransmitters, which controls our brains' pleasure and reward centers. Dopamine motivates us to take action toward rewards. Even a brief 10 minute run can have positive effects on our mood, and the more often you exercise, the more often you will reap the benefits of a positive mood. You can squash a bad mood with a game of squash, weightlifting, or even a fun outdoor activity like kayaking.
2. Step outside
Going outside for a few minutes during your lunch break is a great way to improve your mood, especially if you can get to a nature area. A few minutes of sunshine each day can trigger the release of serotonin, a chemical in our bodies that helps to regulate mood. Taking a deep breath of fresh air and watching wildlife can also improve your mood as it clears your mind from what was preoccupying you. Plus, it gives you a much-needed break in your day and can re-energize you to return to work.
3. Play with a pet
Studies show that pets can make us feel better in many ways. Being in the presence of a pet for just 10 minutes can reduce blood pressure and raise the level of the bonding hormone, called oxytocin. Pets are compassionate and they can help during times of great stress, bereavement, and trauma. Pets make us smile, laugh, and forget what was worrying us. Consider planning more time to spend with your pet to make sure you grab these benefits on a daily basis.
4. Talk about it
When you hold in anger, frustration, or depression, these negative emotions keep building and building up until eventually they boil over and you explode at others. It is so important to share our feelings with someone we care about because we need to release these negative feelings to process them. Try talking to a trusted friend, spouse, coworker, parent, or therapist. You will feel like a weight is being lifted off of your shoulders and this will help to alleviate your negative mood.
At Baummier Health, we are committed to your mental health and wellbeing. You should not have to suffer with depression, anxiety, trauma, or whatever else may be ailing you. Call 561-404-0082 ex 2 today to schedule your first appointment.