10 Instant Fixes For a Bad Mood


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.