A bad mood can easily get a grip on you, but it is a good idea to shift your mood as soon as you can. Being in a bad mood prevents you from attracting positive experiences, and it is unpleasant for you and everyone who comes in contact with you.
Sometimes we feel we have no control over our moods, but this is not true. It is always possible to change. Here are some of the most effective ways I have found.
1. Silence your mind for 15 seconds This works really well when your mind is going crazy with negative scenarios. Just tell it firmly to shut up. And keep it shut up. Don’t be too ambitious. 15 seconds is long enough to make a real difference. And once you have done 15 seconds you can do it again…and again…and again. If you find it hard, that is all the more reason to do it. If you find it impossible it is essential to master it. Just 15 seconds. Keep trying until you make it. The effect can be remarkable.
2. Smile for 30 minutes This one is really easy to get started and incredibly hard to go all the way – but even 5 minutes would make a huge difference. I have known people heal severe toothache this way, along with many other painful or emotional situations. The biggest challenge is overcoming resistance to smiling if you are in a bad mood. Your ego will probably have a field day and make it very hard for you to smile at all. You will feel stupid. Your cheeks will hurt. You will tell yourself that it wont work. But I can tell you, without a doubt, that it will work. Try it and please let me know the result.
3. Jump around like crazy Many years ago I learned something called Drunken Qi Gong. All you had to do is pretend to be totally drunk and then stagger and fall all over the place. Best done in the park or under supervision, as it is easy to lose control. But a good way to shift negativity is to jump around, shake your body and generally move about as crazily as you can. The more silly you look and feel the better. Get out of breath. Feel all your joints loosen up. Shake out your arms and legs. Wriggle and squirm. And have a laugh. Or simply jump for joy!
4. Sing This is a great one. It may be the last thing you feel like, but it works – and that’s more important. Just keep singing until your mood changes, and then keep singing.
5. Hard physical labour If you have some wood to chop, now is the time to do it. Or stacking the wood someone else has chopped. Anything that involves no mental effort and lots of physical. If not, try going for a run.
6. Clean the house Enthusiastic, energetic cleaning is highly recommended. It has a calming and cleansing effect. It’s a great way to get a lot of cleaning done in a short time. If you’re having a really bad day, do a lot of cleaning. Honestly, it’s not worth doing anything important when you’re in a bad mood. You only cause damage in the long run. So stick to simple tasks.
7. Understand what is really going on This is the sensible way, but not always the quickest. If you understand that the bad mood is some negative energy being released, you will not take it too seriously. This is what I teach people, and it is so much easier to handle any kind of bad mood, once you understand it. For example, if you feel confused, you are actually releasing confusion. You will soon find yourself feeling much clearer. If you feel nervous, you are releasing nervousness and you are soon going to feel much calmer. If you feel doubt, you are on the way to having more confidence or faith. And so on. This is a powerful understanding which transforms negative emotions, but it can take a while to really ‘get it’. Once you have experienced it several times it becomes clear that it really works.