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1) Go for a walk in the fresh air (with angry music in headphones if needed!)
Today, I found myself majorly stressed out and so as soon as lunch time came along, I charged out of the door, shoved my headphones in and blasted Wednesday 13 out of my iPod. I purposefully walked in the opposite direction to the nearby Tesco Express and had a fast, stompy walk for about 25 minutes. By the time I got back, I was feeling much calmer and it renewed my focus as well.
2) Read a list of affirmations on your phone
I've recently discovered the power of affirmations in my personal development journey and can't get enough of them. As I currently live with two other people, I feel a bit silly saying them out loud (yet another reason I can't wait to get my own flat again haha) so I've got all my favourite affirmation written in Google Docs which is accessible on all my devices. Simply reading them reminds me of the kind of life I am working towards and turns my attention back onto the positive, putting an instant smile on my face.
3) Find healthy alternatives for all your favourite sweet treats
I recently spent a good while developing a Pinterest board full of Healthy Sweet Treats. Few things make me happier than a good slice of cake but unfortunately, cake doesn't really fit in with my health goals right now. I figure that making a healthy version of my favourite cakes will not only aid me in my journey to better health, but having a stash of "naughty" food I can have guilt free will put me in a much better mood. Plus, baking and cooking itself can be pretty therapeutic.
4) Stop whatever you're doing that's putting you in a bad mood
There are some things I do that I know will instantly stress me out or ruin my mood and yet once I start doing them, I feel like I can't stop! Whether it's reading gossip forums or internet stalking, I find myself thinking "god I feel awful" when simply stopping that activity and moving onto something like reading my favourite blogs or looking at pictures of pugs with made me feel 100% better.
5) Have a full on pamper session
This is my favourite thing to do when my bad mood happens to be a result of it being Sunday evening and I know I've gotta be in the office the next morning. Whether it's a long, colourful, gorgeous smelling bath with a Lush bath bomb or giving yourself a manicure, do something that makes you feel pampered and cared for and watch that bad mood melt away.
6) If you have a dog, cuddle them!
Living with my boyfriend and has dog has been an absolute lifesaver at times, simply because cuddling Genghis makes me feel so calm and happy! He is always so happy to see me and is genuinely so full of love, it's hard not to feel full of love yourself when you're with such a loveable animal. And when you're full of love, there's no room for stress or bad moods.
7) Plan for the future
If you find yourself continually in a bad mood for the same reasons over and over again, perhaps it's time to draw up an escape plan. For example, say every time your boss speaks to you, you get completely riled up. It sounds like it's time to switch jobs. Dust of your CV, tart it up, start applying for new jobs. You'll feel much better when you can see a way out of a situation that is making you miserable.
8) Socialise, your style
Go out, hit the clubs, go to a cocktail bar, invite some friends round for a pamper party, have a Netflix session with your partner - however you like to socialise, do it. Often the last thing I want to do when feeling rubbish is socialise but every time I push through and force myself to spend time with other people, I end up being really glad I did.
9) Find a rant buddy!
While I don't think it's healthy to complain all the time, I think it's a cool idea to find a rant partner where you can both vent to each other about everything that pisses you off for a set amount of time. Unload on them for half an hour, then listen to their problems. No advice, no judging, just listen to each other. Often times when you get something off your chest, you feel a whole lot better.
10) Invest in yourself
Nothing makes me feel better like taking the time to invest in myself, whether it's buying self help books or enrolling myself on courses, knowing that I am taking to action to make myself a better person just makes me feel really, really good.
How do you deal with a bad mood?