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How to Get Out of a Bad Mood

Updated on May 10, 2017

Watch or Listen to Something Funny

When you're in a bad mood, the last thing you probably want to do is watch or listen to a funny video. However, it will actually trick your mind into feeling better and more upbeat! Consider watching a video of your favorite comedian or something cute like America's Funniest Videos. You should be feeling better in no time! Example: One of my favorite comedians is Jim Gaffigan. He is so funny! Plus, most of his comedy is pretty clean (no dirty jokes). He will have you rolling on the floor laughing!

Sing / Put on Happy Music

I'm artistic and a very emotional person naturally, so music really effects me. If you're like me, singing a happy song or putting on a fun dance number will cheer you up quickly. For example, my son and I are really into watching the movie "Tangled" right now. I just love the music in that movie! Mandy Moore has such a pretty voice and the songs are so upbeat! If you have to do a chore like washing dishes or cleaning the bathroom, turning on iHeart Radio on your phone could really lift your spirits and make the chore less boring! I like to turn on Air1, a Christian radio station, and before long I am praising the Lord as I do my chores!

Play (with Your Kids)

Take some time out to play! If you don't have kids, this could mean doing something fun that you enjoy, like going on a bike ride or painting with watercolors. If you do have kids, you could also do these things with them, or play with something super kid friendly like blocks or play doh! Get on their level, make eye contact and put away all the distractions! When you're focused on being a blessing to your children and playing with them, you'll soon forget whatever is bothering you (or at least keep your mind off of it for awhile).

Get Outside (Exercise + Sunshine)

Getting outside in nature is such a blessing on so many levels. For one, you get exercise, which boosts your endorphin levels. For another, if it's a nice day out, your body gets much-needed Vitamin D from the sun. Also, being out in God's creation helps you see the bigger picture because you're able to enjoy God's creation and see His hand in every small detail! That really helps me realize that God is in the details in nature, so He's also in the details of my life! Isn't the Lord amazing?

Listen to a Sermon or Read Your Bible

Lately, I've been putting sermons on YouTube on my phone, since it's harder for me to sit down and read my Bible as I'm chasing after a three year old and a six month old. When I have a sermon on in the background, I can really let the truths of God's Word sink in, even as I'm changing a diaper or getting my older son dressed for the day! If you're able to carve out time to sit down and read your Bible, it is such a blessing, and so needed. Your problems are not going to go away magically when you do this, but you'll know how much God loves you and that He's working behind the scenes on your behalf! Having that big-picture perspective is so necessary for moms who are dealing with mundane aspects of raising a family and keeping a tidy house... and for anyone else with any other issues, really!


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      Nicole Kiddie Granath 3 months ago

      Lori - I agree that if the mood is bad enough, it might be a good idea to stay home for awhile and have some solitude. Sometimes that can provide a chance to recharge one's batteries and gain some fresh perspective. Then again, sometimes going out with friends or family can brighten one's spirits. I guess it just depends on the mood, and whether you're feeling too introspective to be around people at that moment.

      Dora - Yes, focusing on something else is the key! Preferably focusing on goodness and truth, and not negativity! :)

      Tomi - Thanks for your sweet comment!

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      Tomi Smith 9 months ago

      I agree with a lot in your article. You talk about the same things I like to do to get myself in a good mood. Uplifting article!

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      Dora Weithers 9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the suggestions. They all beat maintaining a bad mood. They take the focus away from ourselves. Very helpful.

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      Lori Colbo 9 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      When I get in a bad mood I stay home if I can and do some art work, write, or watch a movie. Depends upon how bad of a mood it is. This is a great hub with great ideas.