A bad mood can leave you feeling off for an entire day or even longer. You don’t have to let it get to you, though. Look for ways to improve your mood so that you don’t have to give into those feelings.
Adopt a Positive Attitude Every Morning
When you wake up in the morning, is your first thought, “Ugh, it’s morning already?” If so, your mood isn’t likely to be all that great. Instead, as soon as your alarm goes off, spend a few moments in thoughts of gratitude and positivity. Consciously adopt a positive attitude for the day before you even get out of bed. You’ll have a head start on maintaining that happy vibe.
Remember to Breathe
Have you ever noticed your breathing when you’re in a bad mood? It’s more likely to be shallow and to help you to feel even worse. Start learning to pay attention to your breathing patterns. When they’re a little more shallow, start taking deeper breaths. Periodically throughout the day, consciously take a few moments to take a few deep breaths. Those few moments can help to keep you oxygenated and alert, which can also help your mood.
Keep in touch with Friends
If you’ve been neglecting your friendships or other relationships, now is the time to rekindle them. Start reaching out to friends and family members. They can help you to vent away the feelings that are contributing to a bad mood and help you to readjust yourself. Making time for these types of connections regularly can even help you to avoid prolonged bad moods.
Carve out Some Time Away from the Chaos
Being a family caregiver is chaotic, no doubt. If you’re not taking time away from the chaos, it can seriously impact your mood. Whether you’re hiring elder care providers or enlisting the help of other family members, respite time is essential for you. Even taking a couple of hours away one afternoon a week can be enough, but you have to commit to spending that time on something you enjoy doing.
As you become more adept at learning how to adjust your mood, it becomes less a task that you have to work at.