Smile and the whole world smiles with you … isn’t that how the saying goes? Life can be hard and so many things conspire against us to put us in a bad mood. We’re human at the end of the day and we are easily annoyed. If you find yourself in a bad mood, there are some simple and quick things you can do to make yourself feel a little bit better.
You haven’t got time to watch a whole film, so why not pop onto YouTube and watch a clip from your favourite film or listen to a song from a Disney film (I challenge anyone to still be in a mood after watching ‘Bare Necessities’ or ‘Hakuna Matata’).
Call a Loved One
Give a close friend or family member a ring and have a quick chat and a laugh over something silly. Talking to family normally puts things into perspective a little and you realise that no matter what little niggles are bothering you; at least you have a family that love and care for you.
This only works in the warmer months, but if you’re feeling blue, get out of the house or the office and sit and stare at the sky and trees. Nature has a calming effect and spending a few minutes out in the open and thinking about what’s bothering you will probably help you feel a little better.
Have you got a birthday coming up? Do you love Christmas? Are you going on holiday in a couple of months? Try and look forward to something. Excitement has a great ability to blow away negative thoughts and renew you with positive energy.
It really is the best medicine and that’s why it’s a cliché. Humans are great at finding things to laugh at; it’s built into our psyche. You can either giggle over a funny picture gallery or watch some silly Monty Python clips on YouTube. Whatever makes you laugh – indulge in it for a second.
There is a reason people love chocolate and that’s because it releases happy chemicals in our brains which make us feel calm, happy, and contented (plus it’s so tasty!). Eat some chocolate and you’ll feel better – just don’t comfort eat and do a Vicar of Dibley and gorge on hundreds of Crunchies.
Stroke a Dog
Stroking a dog, believe it or not, releases the same happy hormones as eating chocolate. This is one of the reasons that dogs have proven to help children with autism function better in life and they will also help you feel happy and calm, plus they are really, really cute (except pugs).
I hope my little list has helped you and you feel better soon. Some melancholy feelings are so strong that nothing can really shift them except time, but surrounding yourself in friendship, family and laughter whilst eating chocolate and stroking dogs should help speed things up quite bit.
Of course, if you do find that you are feeling continuously unhappy, you may want to look into getting the help of a psychiatrist. If you’re located in the UK, for example, a psychologist London could provide you with an expert therapy session to improve your overall well-being