We’ve all been there. There are occasions when each of us finds ourselves in what we call a “bad mood.” Whatever the cause of our crankiness, it is helpful to remember that we have the tools to combat said bad mood.
10. Take a Nap
Yes, really. We take for granted this completely normal and mostly automatic bodily process, and often do not think about its importance. Our brain and muscle cells need oxygen in order to perform properly. For a nice change, try the following steps:
- Close your eyes. Breathe in slowly through your nose, and then exhale slowly out your mouth. It is important to be careful not to hold your breath. Breathe deeply two or three times; you’ll be surprised how the extra oxygen to your brain cells can change your mood.
- If your schedule permits and you’re in the right location, a nap can work wonders on your mood and energy level. Even a short 30-minute nap can be the difference between grouchy and happy.
Essentially, what you’re doing when taking a nap is similar to rebooting a computer: your brain has become cluttered and bogged down with too much “data,” so a reboot is necessary.
Time away from what’s troubling you can make you feel better.
9. Have a Little Chocolate
Consuming enormous amounts of sugary treats is not necessarily considered healthy. However, it is quite permissible to indulge moderately and occasionally. Medical science now endorses the consumption of chocolate for its chemical properties. It has been known for some time that the chemicals in chocolate trigger a release of endorphins, creating a sensation of euphoria.
Keep in mind that going overboard on chocolate indulgences may leave you feeling worse. Take a bite or two of your favorite chocolate and savor it. Odds are that your coworker is having a stressful day too. Share your chocolate and share the love.