I am a person whose mood changes as often as the wind. In fact, it is so unpredictable that I myself am at a loss sometimes. The realization would hit me randomly that I am not feeling particularly happy . Perhaps I would have a bad tantrum or an outburst, which only leaves me feeling way guiltier later. And guilt is something I struggle really hard with.
So, I thought I will compose a list of things you can do to stop feeling moody and unhappy. And being me, I prefer things that give me instant gratification, so these are all things that will leave you feeling much better in under 10 minutes.
Look at something in the color green : Green is the color of happiness and peace. These are not findings but they come from color psychologists. From their perspective, green color helps to strike a perfect balance between your heart and mind. It can calm you down and bring peace. Just trust me on this, open google and look up at green wallpapers. Or images that feature the green color predominantly. Also images of nature, especially sunflower Fields can make you feel better. Just close your eyes after looking at a green light, object, or image and then imagine yourself somewhere nice and peaceful. I guarantee you will feel much better instantly.
Jump around/ indulge in some exercise/ play tag: When you are feeling down, what you really need is for your body to produce endorphin’s which will make you happy. Exercising is the best way to do this, relieve some stress, blow off some steam and get the happy hormones to start flowing in your system. But if you like me have the tendency to be lazy and abhor exercise, then you need a way to convince your obstinate self to do it. For me, I like jumping around crazily. So that work’s for me. Just jump up and down a couple of times and you will feel the blues starting to fade. You can even jump on the bed if it’s sturdy enough and if you have someone with you, convince them to play tag and run around your place as you would have during your childhood. I mean really, shed all inhibitions and let your inner child out to play.
Reading: My fail safe approach, the one I practice the most. Reading decreases stress by a stunning 68%. That too within 6 minutes of you starting to read. For me a book is the perfect escape from harsh realities of life. Just pick up your favorite book, keep a PDF saved on your phone if you must and read it whenever things start to get too much for you. Or you can read daily news too, that is if it interests you and keeps your mind off from worrying.
Record voice messages: This one might be weird for me, but I sometimes listen to my own voice recordings and then feel better. So when you are in a bad mood, take that phone you carry around with you always, open the voice recorder and let it all out. Yell if you must. Cry if you have to. But talk and empty your heart. Go on and tell how much you hate that girl who is out to get your significant other, or complain about how you are not your mom’s favorite child, or berate your own self for sleeping all day and doing nothing constructive. This is for your ears only so you don’t have to worry about being judged. After you let out all your frustrations, give yourself a minute, drink some water and hit play and listen to yourself. Who knows you may even smile because now listening to yourself after you calmed down things would seem different. What you thought was the ice berg that brought down titanic might turn out to be a floating bit of ice too.
List out things you are grateful for: We are all so focused on the negatives that we completely forget all the good things, the second something bad happens. We are not only meant to be happy when we win a million dollars or get something super fancy, no! Real happiness lies in the simple joys. Think hard. When you are moody, sit down with a pen and book and note down all the good things that happened that day. Include all the good things you did too. This can include the fun phone conversation you had with your mom. The kind compliments you got from shop owner. Or even the stranger who helped you when you dropped your bag. If you straightened your hair and felt pretty include that too. List out even the most seemingly insignificant things like how you found a $10 dollars in your old jeans or who knows you might have found that favorite top of yours from two years back.
These are just very few activities. There are so many other creative things you can do to improve your mood instead of conventional methods like music, TV and playing video games. There are so many other potential activities that can help you lead a much happier life and be more in control of your emotions.
Let me know if you think I should follow up on this article with more things for your guys to try.
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