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5 ways to improve a bad mood

Posted on: February 6, 2011

You mean everyone doesn’t always feel like peaches and cream? Hey, even Mother Theresa got PMS. (OK, I haven’t verified this, but it’s likely.) We all have challenges every day that we don’t always meet as well as we’d like. So how can we turn that frown upside down – in an authentic way?

  1. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Reconnect.
  2. Take a supplement that supports mood – it can help. Suggestions for immediate relief to try: 5HTP, Rescue Remedy, magnesium.
  3. Help someone. Volunteering or doing someone a favor takes our focus off our own troubles and reframes things in a new way.
  4. Do something you don’t normally do – run, see a live performance, go dancing… interrupting routine can bring in new energy.
  5. Allow yourself to fully feel whatever is going on. Perhaps we’re upset by something and think it’s not okay to feel that way. Guess what? It is. Whatever the emotion may be, let it fill your entire being and express itself through loud sounds. Qualifier: set a time limit. Do it for, say, 10-15 minutes, and then do something else.

1 Response to "5 ways to improve a bad mood"

One of my main spiritual teachers used to suggest singing show tunes.

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