9 Ways to Outsmart Your Bad Mood

We all have days that just don’t go our way – ultimately leaving us in a bad mood.

When I’m in a horrible mood I have the habit of going home, laying on my couch, snuggling with my dog and reading a book. So…I basically completely wallow in self-pity. Probably not the best way to shake the grey cloud following me around.

Instead of staying in a funk until your emotions get their act together, here are 9 tips to help you outsmart your bad mood.

Side Note: If you suspect you may be struggling with depression or anxiety of any kind please seek a medical professional right away. I personally struggle with severe anxiety and have been seeing a doctor regularly for about 12 years. Mental health is nothing to be ashamed about. Please take care of yourself!

Eat a Bar of Dark Chocolate

Who doesn’t want an excuse to eat chocolate!? Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, that are chemicals in the brain that create feelings of pleasure. Research also says that it contains serotonin, which is an antidepressant that can elevate moods.


Exercise is proven to be one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. As the great Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”

Write in a Gratitude Journal

Jot down a list of everything you are grateful for. You can be general or really specific, nothing is too small or silly. Sometimes the smallest things bring joy into our days.

Click here to see some of my favorite journals!

Schedule Something Fun

This one is pretty obvious. When I have something to look forward to, I am always in a great mood!

Wear a Special Outfit

Experts have found that the clothes we wear actually affect our mood. Try buying a new outfit or wearing something that has gotten you compliments in the past!

Check out this blog post I wrote for some outfit inspiration!

Take a Hot Bath With Lavender

It’s always great to run a nice hot bath and relax for awhile. To make it even better, next time try adding in a bit of lavender (using bath bombs, oils, bath salts, etc.) It has a fresh and floral aroma due to its high content of linalyl acetate and linalool, which studies suggest are effective in promoting relaxation and easing anxiety.

Declutter Your Space

For most people, clutter causes stress. You might not even realize how much a messy room is affecting your mood! Pick one room, or area, at a time and work on getting it organized. There is something so refreshing about a clean space. Plus, you will feel productive and accomplished.

Get Some Fresh Air

Research shows that spending time in fresh air, surrounded by nature, increases energy in 90 percent of people. Try taking a walk at lunch or exercise outside instead of in the gym. If you don’t want to or can’t do that, simply just walk outside and take a deep breath before going right back inside the air conditioning!

Take Time For Yourself

Sometimes taking care of yourself can leave you feeling guilty. However, keep in mind that carving out time for yourself is super important to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Life is hard. Bad moods are kind of inevitable, so give yourself a little grace. It’s okay to have emotions and be imperfect. We sometimes get down, but things tend to work out in the end if we work to better ourselves!

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